I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND and there are many different opinions, although, most of them are now that music is haraam.
How can scholars so forbid music if the Prophet Muhammad (saws) himself did not forbid music. Scholars even forbid music for weddings when the Prophet (saws) allowed it and suggested that Aisha (ra) his own wife send singers for a wedding and allowed her and himself (saws)to partake in enjoyment described as singing and playing. How can someone other than the Prophet (saws) overrule the Prophet (saws) own teachings. This seems to me that you and many other scholars are overstepping your given boundaries. I understand that music now is perverse and reprehensible. However, a person must clearly know what is good to the ears and what may be pleasing to ALLAAH (swt) and what is absolutely not what ALLAAH (swt) would want us to let inside of our ears and our soul. If the Prophet (saws) never declared that idle talk was music or singing, and the Prophet (saws) and Aisha (ra) listened and enjoyed song and play, how can we now decide differently and state it as haraam. Haraam is a strong word for us to use when we are not totally sure if that is true or not. Of course, I find soft music relaxing, but I hate harsh tones and most of today's music is sickening. I am a new Muslima and have cut out listening to the radio and such but at times, I do enjoy soft tones of music that are not moving but relaxing, especially when times are hard and my heart is sad. I don't believe ALLAAH(swt) would gift us with a talent only to say how were are forbidden to use it. All other things that are declared haraam are either man made or altered by man or they're forbidden because it opens the option for us to use the gifts we were given to do evil acts. Can you please explain to me in detail why it has been decided by today's scholars that we cannot listen to singing and music of any kind whatsoever, no matter what. Some music and songs do bring Peace to our souls, lighten our spirit and increases our remembrance of ALLAAH (swt). I am not asking this just so I can have an excuse for listening to music. I avoid it as much as possible, because I am not sure if it is allowed or not. I don't play music in my home, car, or go near to it if at all possible. I just find it very strange that it would be forbidden, when it is a manner of bringing peace and enjoyment, and ALLAAH(swt) did not forbid all forms of joy. ALLAAH(swt) forbade what will cause sin and all music does not do that. If music is causing someone to sin, by all means they should avoid it, no matter what type of music it is. If they have an issue with being aroused or moved to do wrong or think sinfully, they should not only avoid it, but pray and try to find out why even permissible music/singing would cause arousal. The shaytaan works on us all differently. I just feel that music should not be forbidden to all. I understand that most music of today is despicable and if music is allowed then some would use this as an excuse to listen to all music. For that reason, shouldn't we depend upon ALLAAH(swt) to guide us and keep us even closer to HIM. Forbidding music I feel shouldn't be used as a way to stop people from sinning but should truly be based on what ALLAAH(swt) and the Prophet (saws) declared as haraam. Isn't forbidding music and singing of all types like saying, no boys should be allowed around other boys because a few of our youth have turned out to be homosexual. It is those individuals that need extra prayer and guidance, not that the whole UMMA should suffer or new laws out in place to forbid things that are not forbidden as a result of others sins or their inability to control their desires. Please, help me understand. I'm not asking just to ask. I really want to know, so that I do not go outside of bounds. Please, be honest and true, not harsh, demeaning or overbearing. I truly want to understand the views of the scholars on such an issue, and how they came to this conclusion, considering the Prophet (saws) did not seem to feel the same. The Prophet (saws) even corrected others for trying to forbid the joy of singing and play, and even beating small drums while doing so. He also suggested singing for a wedding and many scholars now forbid that as well. Is it not our obligation, to avoid and forbid evil while still allowing good but avoiding excess or overstepping from what we know to be acceptable? Is it okay for us to adjust the Prophet's(saws) rulings to fit the needs of today and not continue to adhere, allow what is good, and ask for guidance to stay within our boundaries and assist those who have trouble adhering without forbidding what already is allowed or approved of in certain circumstances? Is that not bidah? Should we not ask ALLAAH(swt) to guide us according to what we differ on and ask ALLAAH(swt) to guide us and help us not to abuse the beauty of that which is halaal and aid us in worshiping HIM (swt) and HIM (swt) alone. Should we not ask ALLAAH(swt) to guide us to what we should listen to and what we should not so that we are not moved by the shaytaan so that music does not become one of his tools against us. I'm trying to understand if it is allowed to forbid that which was not forbidden, even as a way to help those who abuse it or misuse it. Is such a beautiful gift truly wrong or has it just gotten out of hand and forbidding it is the way to control it? I would like to know why how the conclusion that music is haraam came about so far after the times when the Prophet (saws) allowed it. Please, help me understand (Insha'ALLAAH). May ALLAAH(swt) bless you all for your efforts. Please, forgive me, brother and scholar, if in anyway I disrespected you or came to you in a harsh or disagreeable manner.