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Asalamualykum, I'm a violinist and recently I have been wondering, is it haram to play music? I have heard about listening to music, but I've also heard that playing any instrument other than drums creates the sound of shaytan. Someone help?

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edited Apr 26 '12 at 14:23 NesreenA ♦ 219722 NesreenA's gravatar image

Volume 7, Book 69, Number 494v:

Narrated Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari:

that he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, 'Return to us tomorrow.' Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection."

so in this hadith the prophet said that playing is haram too, and puts it right next to drinking and commiting adultury

answered 219722 NesreenA's gravatar image

I don't think so, the playing of music to encourage desire or unlawful feelings/ideas is wrong, but if a tune is played on a violin or piano, i.e. instrumental then what harm can it bring? I would like to add to the other answer that although this hadith is in Sahih Al-Bukhari, its chain of transmission is not connected to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and this invalidates its authenticity. Ibn Hazm rejects it for that very reason. Moreover, the sub-narrator, Hisham Ibn `Ammar is declared ‘weak' by many scholars of the Science of Hadith Methodology. It is a controversial matter and I would advise asking and Imam or a scholar, this is just my opinion.

answered 43415 Mim4040's gravatar image

playing music does not create the sound of shaytan (شيطان) - music can be an important part of your identity if you have talent and you can practice throughout your entire life if you wish.

answered 232 Diwan's gravatar image

Brother,Music is Haram..except Duff {one side drum}.. U can use duff..but not violins,etc

answered 1.2k518 Ubi's gravatar image
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