Ruling on Islamic songs
Fatwa No: 84664

  • Fatwa Date:14-8-2002 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 6, 1423
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What is the ruling on Islamic Inshad or songs?


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. No doubt the songs that are commonly known in the media or elsewhere contain many forbidden matters, such as the words that call to vice and immorality, music, women singing for men, etc. In addition, songs keep the person away from the way of Allah, prevent him from occupying himself in the worship of Allah and in what is useful for him in this life and the Hereafter. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allâh, the Verses of the Qur'ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).} [31: 6]. The majority of Muslim scholars believe that "Idle talks" in the above verse, means singing. Ibn Masoud used to swear that the "Idle talks" in the verse refer to singing. He said: 'singing grows hypocrisy in the heart as water grows herbs' .
A Muslim can listen to Islamic rhymes that contain wisdom, exhortation, encouragement to do good, and love of religion, and spread hatred of evil and its means. However, one should avoid making it a habit; he may use it at special times and on special occasions. Many people become so addicted to it that they do not feel reverence except when listening to such singing. They do not even feel such reverence while listening to the recitation of the Qur'an. No doubt, the Book of Allah is purer and more immaculate than any thing. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Allâh has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Qur'ân), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skins and their hearts soften to the remembrance of Allâh. …} [39: 23]. The companions of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to busy themselves in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam). However, there is no harm in listening to Islamic rhymes as long as it does not replace the Book of Allah and it is not made a habit. Finally, if the Islamic rhymes or any kind of good poetry is mixed with music then listening to it becomes forbidden. If the Islamic rhymes contain sounds similar to music, it seems that they become forbidden since the ruling of music applies to them. Music is forbidden for its bad effects and consequences, so everything that has similar effects and consequences take the same rule as music, i.e. becomes forbidden. Allah knows best.

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