Music

Question:

Assalaamu’Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu.

I really need to know if listening to songs is haram or not?
Please try answering back fast.. Thank You so much….

Are there Hadith regarding music?

Answer:

و عليكم السلام و رحمة الله و بركاته


وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ
There are some people who purchases idle talk (Lahwul-Hadeeth) to deviate (people) from the path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment. (31:6)

ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف ولينزلن أقوام إلى جنب علم يروح عليه بسارحة لهم يأتيهم يعني الفقير لحاجة فيقولوا ارجع إلينا غدا فيبيتهم الله ويضع العلم ويمسخ آخرين قردة وخنازير إلى يوم القيامة
There will be from my Nation a people who will deem fornication, silk (for men), alcohol, and music to be permissible; and there will be a people who will camp beside a high mountain, when a poor man passes by them and asks for a need, they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.’ In the morning Allah will make the mountain fall upon them and the others (who are saved) are transformed (meaning their hearts and thoughts would be turned) into apes and pigs, until the Day of Judgment. (Bukhari # 5990)

Imaam Bayhaqi reports that Jabir (RA), reported that that the Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said,


الغناء ينبت النفاق في القلب كما ينبت الماء الزرع

Singing makes hypocrisy to grow in the heart like water makes plants grow. (Shu’Bul-Eman # 5100)

Listening to songs that fall into the category of nasheed is permissible. Its words must positively inspire a person to do noble deeds. Nasheeds must be listened to in moderation.

If by songs you mean music. Rest assured music is prohibited in Islam.

The Hadith regarding music are multiple. All the Hadith placed together create strength in the ruling constituting its prohibition. All major fuqaha accept that music is to be stayed away from – that it is haraam. The Quran and Hadith also makes this very clear.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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10 responses to “Music

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  3. As Salaamu Alaikum!

    Thank you for the clarification about smoking. I figured that it ought to be haram, but I wasn’t sure; now I know that it is, and more to the point I know why. JazakAllah Khair.

    As for music, I have to say that I’m a bit confused. There’s some music that’s unfit for human ears (like heavy metal, for example), and then there’s some music that’s beautiful. Some music is just plain groovy. You mentioned that listening to songs that fall into the category of nasheed is permissible. What does “nasheed” mean? (I really wish you wouldn’t use foreign terms if there’s an adequate English quid pro quo). What about instrumental music(e.g. symphony)?

    Cat Stevens (nowadays known as Yusuf Islam) swore off music when he first convertd to Islam, and now he performs with his band.

    I guess it’s just a matter of discretion, right?

    • Assalaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu,
      While the imam can go into detail regarding why even beautiful music is not permissible, I can answer the question regarding what does nasheed mean.

      Nasheed is a form of singing very much akin to the “a capella” style of western music. It is composed of primarily vocals, and when it does utilize instruments, then those instruments are only of the Shari’ah approved ones, like the duff, which is a type of drum. It is difficult to use an English-approximate word for “nasheed.” It would be like translating the words “opera” or “symphony” or “alternative rock” into a culture/language that not have either vaguely or precisely the same type of “opera,” etc. Such is the problem with language, I guess. Another example of nasheed would be:

      Styles of singing will vary, and each is beautiful in it’s own way. I really enjoyed the MSA student’s style that was posted by AI. MashaAllah.

      Hope that helps a little, inshaAllah.

      Wassalaam

      • Wow, mashAllah that was great!
        To add on, words sound more beautiful when sung in Arabic than any other language. Miracle of the language.
        I guess that’s why alhamdulillah I love the recitation of the Qur’an more than anything else.
        When my non-Muslim friends hear somebody recite, they think the guy is singing!
        Alhamdulillah.
        Wasalam,

        AI

  4. Walaykum Salaam,

    I’ll let the Imam answer your questions about music but here’s a local example of some nasheeds, thanks to Martin Curran.
    InshAllah soon, I’ll post the lines that he sung so you can follow along as to what was said.
    Wasalam,

  5. Blue-Collar

    Mashallah!

  6. what beautiful music!!!! some of the words hit home and brought tears to my eyes!
    Wasalam!

  7. Blue-Collar

    How would alarm clocks and the default ringtones on our phones be viewed? Do we have to make sure that the alarm or ringtone is not music?

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