Friday, February 29, 2008

Is Music Prohibited in Islam?

Is music haram?
Simply put .. No.

I have had discussions on forums regarding music in Islam and I thought to share some of them here. Music is considered to be 'evil'. It somehow induces devil-feelings in the listener. To quote the text from here.
"It is a the trap of shaitan by which he lures people to immoral acts. Indeed the essence of music, its causes, goals and effects all revolve around the songs of corrupt and immoral people, for music contains commendation of what Allah detests and boasts about what he dislikes. Music is a satanic voice that deeply penetrates the human heart and stimulates in it destructive desires, wreaks havoc on mans body and soul and fills his ears with obscenities."

My assertion is very clear. God clearly states what are the handiworks of Satan and advises humans to stay away from them.

5:90 - O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan’s handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.

Tell me.. if music is so bad.. why did God forget it in this verse?

The argument raised was this
“why is rape not mentioned in the Quran? does that mean its okay.”
No body can justify rape because its not mentioned in Quran. The example can be given of Cyber porn. It is not mentioned in Quran nor Hadith so does that mean one would let his/ her children do it? Of course not.

Another argument raised was this.
“Quran is a brief guide. More like a summary. Explanations come from hadith.”
Quran counters this brilliantly where God states that His book is not a brief guide.

6:114 - Say: “Shall I seek for judge other than Allah? - when He it is Who hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail".

Also in the discussion the following verses were quoted to justify the prohibition of music. I'll quote them and let the reader decide whether they relate to music or not. You know my stance on these verses already.

31:06 - And there are among men, those that purchase idle tales, to mislead from the path of Allah and throw ridicule. For such there will be a humiliating punishment.

17:64 - Lead to destruction those whom you can among them with your (seductive) voice.

25:72 - Those who witness no falsehood, and if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honourable avoidance.

The thing is that nobody is allowed to prohibit or 'haram' and 'halal' things for humans. Its God's religion. It is He who decides what is better for us. No body is allowed to 'portray' that music is 'haram' in religion when its not the case. If you do not want to listen to music, more the better for you but do not impose this upon people as if religion prohibited it.

6:150 - Say: "Bring forward your witnesses to prove that Allah did forbid so and so." If they bring such witnesses, be not thou amongst them: Nor follow thou the vain desires of such as treat our signs as falsehoods, and such as believe not in the Hereafter: for they hold others as equal with their Guardian-Lord.

Related Post:
- Dance, Music and 'kanjar'


Moti Bhains said...

you made my life so much easier when you told me that music wasn't haram.

do you remember this [
/2007/09/25/islam-i-need-answers/ ] discussion? haha. good times :)

Yasir Umair said...

There is a movie named (KHUDA KEY LIYE). I think it was released about two years ago and above all it is a Pakistani production. If any of my discussion fellows have seen this movie before or those who haven't seen it yet. Let me tell you that this movie spreads a clear message from an authentic source that music is not haraam in Islam.
I don't remember the source. watch the last 15 minutes of the movie and you'll get that.

Anonymous said...


PostMan! Keep these vile ideas about Islam to yourself!! Please!!

May Allah give you hidayat! or else you are lost!!

Try to read quran, hadith and alongwith them, the life of disciples of Muhammad (Sallellaho elehe wasallam). Sahabas were the true followers.

Anonymous said...

Good post
The fact is NOT only music is helpful physically as it helps relax but spiritually as well because it gives you rhythm and gives you a sense of absorption of words. Now the music is not to be blamed for any bad words. The problem with the mullahz is they cant digest facts and truth. There is no verse or order in QURAN which prohibits music or even dancing. You quoted a verse which was :

" Lead to destruction those whom you can among them with your (seductive) voice "

Note that the word seductive is inserted by the mullahz not GOD. This word can be replaced with sweet voice etc. as well and then its quite possible that a mosque imam also has a sweet voice in which he spread hate and venom so does this mean mosque lectures be banned ?

The fact is ISLAM likes anything which is good for body and soul. Music is good for body and sould and that is why it is part of our culture in sub-continent.