JUDGMENT OF MUSIC IN THE QUR'AN AND SUNNAH.

Bismillah Rahmanil Rahiim.

JUDGMENT OF MUSIC IN THE QUR'AN AND SUNNAH.

Assalaam Alaykum Warrahmatullah wabarakaatuh.

Music is haraam due to the clear indications given to us in the Qur'aan and Hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Some people have not yet realized the illegality of this, we hear many still sing civilized and other types of songs and music. And from time to time when you urge your Muslim brother to stop this rebellion, the answer is often: "Again you have gone too far! Where does it say that it is illegal?" Or some who specialize in this disease say: "I can all quit but the songs will kill me!" He says so in spite of the prohibition of his Creator, who is able to turn a deaf ear and not hear a song again!

It gets to the point where a Muslim can't sleep until he is laid to rest with music, he can't eat unless the music is played, he can't do homework without the music being turned on, he can't walk without a walkman or his mp3 playing, he can't work at work… can't travel… can't even do indoor practice in the absence of music to stimulate and motivate (as they do) what he is doing at the moment! In any case, music has been a major part of Adam's life for those who are still in this rebellion.

Thus we have seen the importance of reminding our brethren to abstain from this forbidden in order to save themselves from the fierce wrath of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aalaa) which comes to turn a person into a monkey or a pig as proven in the following signs:

Says Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala):

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَُ ًُُُ ُ

And among the people there is one who buys nonsense in order to mislead (people) the way of Allaah without knowledge, and takes it as a joke. They will have a humiliating punishment.

وَإِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِ آيَاتُنَا وَلَّىٰ مُسْتَكْبِرًا كَأَن لَّمْ يَسْمَعْهَا كَأَنَّ فِي أُذُنَيْهِ

And when Our verses are recited to him, he turns away arrogantly as if they do not hear, as if there were deafness in his ears, so announce to him a painful punishment. [Luqmaan 6-7]

Ibn Mas-‘wd (Radhwiya Allaahu 'anhu) has said about this verse "I swear by Allaah this means it is singing" [At-Twabariy 20: 127]

وعن ابن عباس قال عن آية: ((وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ) ، قال: الغناء وأشباهه إسناده صحيح - المحدث

And Ibn 'Abbaas (Radhwiya Allaahu' anhumaa) also said about the verse: ((And among the people there is one who buys nonsense)) he said: "They are songs and words of similar (nonsense)" [Corrected Al-Albaani -

Swahiyh Adab Al-Mufrad (603)]

Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aalaa) tells Ibliys:

واستفزز من استطعت منهم بصوتك وأجلب عليهم بخيلك ورجلك وشاركهم في الأموال والأولاد وعدهم وما يعدهم الشيطان إلا غرورا )64(

And stir up the fools as soon as you can among them by your voice and call them traitors to your cavalry, and foot soldiers, and share with them in wealth and vows and promises. But the shaytwaan make no promise unless it is arrogant. [Al-Israa: 64]

This means that they are hymns as per the opinion of Mujaahid in Ibn Kathiyr's Tafsiyr]

And the signs of bans and warnings in the Sunnah are as follows:

1-Illegal dance:

عن عبدالله بن عباس ((إِنَّ اللهَ حرمَ الخمرَ ، والميسرَ ، والكوبَةَ ، وكلُّ مسْكِرٍ حرامٌ))

And it came to pass, that, as he made an end of speaking all these words unto them, behold, there came a voice from heaven, saying, قال: "الطبل"

From 'Abdullaah bin ‘Abaas: ((Surely Allaah has forbidden alcohol and gambling and kuwbah and everything that intoxicates it is haraam)) [Swahiyh Al-Jaami’ (7336)]

And in another narration: Sufyaan has said: I asked 'Ali ibn Budhaymah: "What is Kuwbah?" He said: "Dance". [Swahiyh Abiy Daawuwd (3696)]

2-Singers, listening to music will be turned into monkeys and pigs!

  أبو عامر أو أبو مالك سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: ((ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف, ولينزلن أقوام إلى جنب علم يروح عليهم بسارحة لهم, يأتيهم لحاجة فيقولوا ارجع إلينا غدا. فيبيتهم الله ويضع العلم, وَيَمْسَخُ آخَرِينَ قِرَدَةً وَخَنَازِيرَ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ)) رواه البخاري

He narrated from Abu 'Aamir or Abu Maalik that he heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: He will come to them in the evening and ask them for something. They will say: "Come back tomorrow." Allaah will destroy them by night, He will bring down the mountains and then He will transform the rest into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so until the Day of Resurrection.)

[Al-Bukhaariy]


This hadith assures us that all these sins are just as unlawful, just as sexual intercourse and alcohol are illegal, so is the unlawful of music. Now how can a Muslim see that music is not a big rebellion to avoid?

And other Hadith:

عن أبي مالك الأشعري, قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ((ليشربن ناس من أمتي الخمر يسمونها بغير اسمها يعزف على رءوسهم بالمعازف والمغنيات يخسف الله بهم الأرض ويجعل منهم القردة والخنازير)) سنن إبن ماجه

Maalik Al-Ash'ariyy has narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ((People in my Ummah will drink alcohol if they give it another name other than that, music will be played for them and there will be female singers. Allaah will bring them down to earth. and He will turn them into monkeys and pigs)) [Ibn Maajah has corrected Al-Albaniy Swahiyh Ibn Maajah (3263)]

3-The wrath of Allaah to destroy the singers, listen to music, and dance.

  عن عمران بن حصين, أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ((في هذه الأمة خسف ومسخ وقذف)). فقال رجل من المسلمين يا رسول الله ومتى ذاك قال: ((إذا ظهرت القينات والمعازف وشربت الخمور) )

From 'Imraan bin Huswayn that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ((There will be in this Ummah an earthquake, the transfiguration of human beings, and the catastrophe of being sent down from heaven)) Someone asked: When will that happen? He said: ((When music, drunkenness…) appears [At-Trimidhy, Swahiyh At-Tirmidhiy (2212)]

4-The sounds of songs are cursed in this world by the Hereafter

أنس بن مالك: ((صَوْتانِ ملعونانِ في الدنيا والآخرةِ: مزمارٌ عند نعمةٍ ، ورَنَّةٌ عند مُصيبةٍ))

 From Anas bin Maalik ((Two voices cursed in the world by the Hereafter; nails in joy and mourning in calamities)) [Swahiyh At-Targhiyb (3527)]

5-Angels flee from such a voice:

أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: (لاَ تَصْحَبُ الْمَلاَ⁇

From Abu Hurayah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

What if the alarm just blows the Angels, don't you sing songs, dances, nails and all kinds of music that arouse the temptations and provoke the emotions of the sons of Adam?

6-Whoever informs or sends his brother to the castle or listens to music, the song will bear his sins and the sins of his brother.

Muslims who commit this rebellion often cause others to fall into this rebellion; there are people who invite people to such rebellious activities (parties) with a mix of women and men, celebrating weddings, and others who come to buy tapes, videos, etc. and give them to their friends as gifts. So those who do so will bear their sins and the sins of their fellows: Says Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aalaa):

لِيَحْمِلُوا أَوْزَارَهُمْ كَامِلَةً يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۙ وَمِنْ أَوْزُاا

That they may bear their own burdens (of sins) on the Day of Resurrection, and the burdens of those who have lost them without knowledge. Tanabahi! What evil they carry. [An-Nahl: 25]

And also:

  إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ ۚ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ ف

Surely We give life to the dead, and We write down what they have observed and their effects and everything We have recorded in a clear record. [Yaasiyn: 12]

And the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:

من سن في الإسلام سنة حسنة فله أجرها وأجر من عمل بها بعده من غير أن ينقص من أجورهم شىء ومن سن في الإسلام سنة سيئة كان عليه وزرها ووزر من عمل بها من بعده من غير أن ينقص من أوزارهم شىء. "مسلم

((Whoever does a good deed in Islam will get his reward and the reward of the one who does it after him without losing their reward. And whoever does a bad deed in Islam will bear the burden of his sins and the sins of the one who commits and he will not lack anything in (the burden of) those sins) ) [Muslim]

7-Caution! Do not find death in listening or singing as one will be resurrected with his ‘last deed!

 ن ج جابر بن عبدالله قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ:

From Jaabir bin 'Abdillaah: "I have heard of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) ((Every servant will be resurrected in the state in which he died)) [Muslim]

Dear Muslim brother who loves music, have you considered how it will be your end?

Doesn't the fear enter your heart that your end may be singing songs instead of saying "Laa ilaaha Illa Allaah" a word that if you mention the end of your life at death you will enter Jannah?

Guidelines and Tips to Avoid Listening to Songs, Music and Dance Dance:

1-Let's Listen and Read the Qur'aan

Music and songs fill a person's heart with great love, keeping him busy until he does not have time for the Qur'aan which is to be recited in our lips in a beautiful voice as commanded by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

2-It Is Sunnah To Cover Your Ears When You Hear Songs, Music Unwanted:

 عن نافع, قال سمع ابن عمر, مزمارا - قال - فوضع أصبعيه على أذنيه ونأى عن الطريق وقال لي يا نافع هل تسمع شيئا قال فقلت لا. قال فرفع أصبعيه من أذنيه وقال كنت مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فسمع مثل هذا فصنع مثل هَذَا

From Naafi'i who said, he heard the sound of music and covered his ears with his fingers, then turned his animal on him [back and forth to the place where the music was] and said: "O Naafi'i, have you heard anything?" He said, I replied: "No". He removed his fingers from his ears and said: "[One day] I was with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he heard like this [music] and did as he did [I did that is to cover his ears from the sound of nails] [Abu Dawud - Swahiyh Abiy Daawuwd (4924)]

We ask Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala) to grant this protection to our brothers who are in this rebellion, to refrain from this illegality.