What does Islam say about music?
In today’s era music has got the significant ranking in our lives. We have become so much addicted of music that we cannot feel relaxation without listening music. We listen music everywhere. Marriages will be not completed until the loud music is not played. When we go in super markets and departmental stores we listen music there. While travelling or walking we listen music without thinking that we are passing from in front of mosque. Here the basic question is “What does Islam say about music?” or “Is to listen music is haram in Islam?”
Is music haram in Islam?
Some people say that music is not haram in Islam and some people say that it is haram. There are two different approaches. The people say that if music is haram then tell us with the reference of Quran and Haidith. Yes there are verses and Ahadith that tell us that yes music is haram in Islam.
It is narrated by Hazrat Abu Aamir that Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) said 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.”
In Quran E Hakeem it is said in Sura E Luqman that:-
“And, of the people is one who purchases idle discourse to lead astray from the path of Allah – without knowledge – and to treat it in mockery. They, for them is a humiliating chastisement”.
It is said by Abdullah Ibn Masood that here is this verse the word “idle discourse” means music. It is said by Imam Ibn E Abi that:-
“I swear by Him besides whom there is no GOD that it refers to singing”
At another place it is told by Abdullah Ibn Masood that:-
“Salam ibn Miskin, quoting an old man who witnessed AbuWa’il in a wedding feast, said: They began to play, amuses and sings. He united the support of his hand round his knees that were drawn up, and said: I heard Abdullah (ibn Mas’ud) say: I heard the apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: Singing produces hypocrisy in the heart”.
It is said by Holy Prophet (PBUH) that:-
“On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
SO these Ahadith and Verses tell us that yes music is Haram in Islam. Being a Muslim we should stop listening or producing music. If we want success in this world and the next world too then we should avoid music because there are many bad effects of music. May Allah give us courage to live our lives according to His will (Amen).