“Is music haram?” – an AlunanKasih post-thoughts

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Assalamu’alaikum dear readers,

Lately we’ve received email regarding Alunankasih in which a reader gave us fatwas regarding the haram of music in Islam.

Alhamdulillah the poster meant well when he advised and shared with us information regarding this but I was dissatisfied with his email. Note that when I mean dissatisfied, it doesnt mean that I don’t agree with what he shared. Its just that the information he provided is incomplete.

As a student of a student of knowledge (yes i’m still very far behind!), I would like to touch upon music in Islam as a topic as from what I was taught. If there are mistakes in what I’ve written, please do respond to correct me.

For our benefit, here are some excerpts of what the poster shared with me:

The views of the scholars (imaams) of Islam Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah [ d. 728H ] (may Allaah ave mercy on him) said: The view of the four Imaams is that all kinds of musical instruments are haraam.It was reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and elsewhere hat the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that there would be among his ummah those who would allow zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments, and he said that they would be transformed into monkeys and pigsโ€ฆ None of the followers of the imaams mentioned any dispute concerning the matter of music. (al-Majmooโ€™, 11/576).

The email list on a number of scholars who prohibits music among the rest not listed here are Imam Syafie, Imam Suyuti, Imam Nawawi and other madhab’s imams and present-day ulamas. Indeed it is a long list.

These are scholars and imams that are regarded with high esteem and their knowledge are well beyond ours and their contemporaries at that time. They have their own dalil when they create a ruling and its never by their own egos. I’ll leave you to pick up and read their dalils on how they reach that conclusion

So when they say music is haram, is it really haram? Yes it is…

BUT

There are also scholars who permit music, among them, Ibn Hazm and Hujjatul-Islam himself, Imam Ghazali, who is also from the Syafie school of thought, and more recently, Yusuf Qardawi et al. Again I would leave it to the readers to pick up a book or consult your religious teachers regarding their dalils.

So who is right here? The answer is both! And it is important to note here that these scholars do not tell each other that they are wrong and “only my ruling is correct!”. The adab of argument between scholars is something we should look up to especially in this day of age where everyone seem to argue for the sake of argument and never for the sake of finding truth.

Most scholars agree that the issue of music is not muqtamad (khilaf), meaning, its non-permissibility (or otherwise) is not confirmed unlike fornication and alcohol, which are clearly haram.

So depending on your orientation and which scholars’ ruling you follow, music is therefore either haram or not. We sincerely advise you to ask your local religious scholar and learn more about the dynamics of Usuluddin and Hadith classification!

It is interesting to note that one of the Wali Songo (the 9 saints who introduced Islam to Indonesia), Sunan Bonang (in which the musical instrument, bonang, was named), uses music as a tool to introduce Islam to the locals. Then again, music such as black metal music or those with profanities in which some of its lyrics praise Syaitan and encourage people to be khayal are indeed contrary to the techings on Islam or a lifestyle of a Muslim.

The AlunanKasih competition which just ended was to me, a beautiful and meaningful event, where everyone there came together to praise the prophet of Allah with songs which we deemed are beautiful both in sound and lyrics (sounds like a maulid event where everyone recites qasidah and nasyids isn’t it?). Indeed, it is a healthier alternative to ALL other music competitions in Singapore.

We look forward to any comments to this humble opinion of ours here in IslamicEvents.sg..

Luqman
IslamicEvents.sg / www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~luqmanha

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53 COMMENTS

  1. hmm, as far as i know, it is not haram lah. u jus have to balance how often u hear the music. jgn leka sgt sampai tak ingat dunia. sebabkan dgr music ni byk sgt la setan2 yg suke menghasut. hehex. that’s my thought lah.

  2. hmm, as far as i know, it is not haram lah. u jus have to balance how often u hear the music. jgn leka sgt sampai tak ingat dunia. sebabkan dgr music ni byk sgt la setan2 yg suke menghasut. hehex. that’s my thought lah.

  3. Assalamu’alaikum Khadijah,

    Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

    However I think it is not right for us to say, from our own judgment, that music is not haram… A judgment as simplistic as that coming from us doesn’t give credit to the real work done by other Muslim scholars who have done their own research and whose knowledge is far ahead of us in saying that music is haram.

    It is however right to say that, “i follow the opinion of Imam Ghazali (or other reliable scholars) that music is permissible”. One of my teachers, Ustadz Zhulkiflee Ismail (an-naseehah.blogspot.com), always emphasised that if asked about the dalil in which we follow, we should be able to recite the reference. This is how careful we should be when we practice Islam, to know why we’re practicing it and knowing the source of it.

    As for the balance of listening to music, i agree with you… But about the “hasutan setan” part, do you think television and internet should also be in the same league as music then, since they are also forms of entertainment which can make ppl forget about Allah?

  4. Assalamu’alaikum Khadijah,

    Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

    However I think it is not right for us to say, from our own judgment, that music is not haram… A judgment as simplistic as that coming from us doesn’t give credit to the real work done by other Muslim scholars who have done their own research and whose knowledge is far ahead of us in saying that music is haram.

    It is however right to say that, “i follow the opinion of Imam Ghazali (or other reliable scholars) that music is permissible”. One of my teachers, Ustadz Zhulkiflee Ismail (an-naseehah.blogspot.com), always emphasised that if asked about the dalil in which we follow, we should be able to recite the reference. This is how careful we should be when we practice Islam, to know why we’re practicing it and knowing the source of it.

    As for the balance of listening to music, i agree with you… But about the “hasutan setan” part, do you think television and internet should also be in the same league as music then, since they are also forms of entertainment which can make ppl forget about Allah?

  5. assalamualaikum

    wah, the e-mail u mentioned sounds quite ehem…however i agreed with ur opinion – that the event held was in light For islam, bukannye untuk promote ‘music’ but rather the talents of the participants. kudos to the organisers for doing so coz i always believed there are huge potentials to be tapped and if kalau boleh mix one’s talent/strength + islam, then i’m all for it ๐Ÿ™‚

    As islam ajar kita (and always repeated in surah al-fatihah and in solat) to always take the middle path..so to go the hujung tanduk n says its haram, pun nt right. bt to say its nt haram..i’m nt too sure abt that (..i admit, listenin to music boleh melalaikan (and maybe that is why it’s di ‘considered’ haram by some) but sometimes listening to music opens our minds and creativity (esp if ur wkg in the creative industry)

    ultimately, its up to us individuals not to menghayalkan diri thru music until lupa kewajipan allah.

  6. assalamualaikum

    wah, the e-mail u mentioned sounds quite ehem…however i agreed with ur opinion – that the event held was in light For islam, bukannye untuk promote ‘music’ but rather the talents of the participants. kudos to the organisers for doing so coz i always believed there are huge potentials to be tapped and if kalau boleh mix one’s talent/strength + islam, then i’m all for it ๐Ÿ™‚

    As islam ajar kita (and always repeated in surah al-fatihah and in solat) to always take the middle path..so to go the hujung tanduk n says its haram, pun nt right. bt to say its nt haram..i’m nt too sure abt that (..i admit, listenin to music boleh melalaikan (and maybe that is why it’s di ‘considered’ haram by some) but sometimes listening to music opens our minds and creativity (esp if ur wkg in the creative industry)

    ultimately, its up to us individuals not to menghayalkan diri thru music until lupa kewajipan allah.

  7. Assalamu’alaikum,

    Thanks for your comments aishah ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you’re dealing with abit dangerous theories if i might add.. we should respect the scholars who said its haram because they have already done the extensive research and using ijtihad and taqlid, and came out with those rulings that music is haram, not because its an ‘extreme’ ruling.

    Other respected scholars have said otherwise about music, and hence, for those who follow their opinion, we should still continue to respect the rulings of those who said that music is haram.

    We should not opine ourselves that “music is not haram”.

    But this is not the issue. The issue here is that the ruling of music is not muqtamad. And that’s all that I wanted to bring across to the public. But do not ever say that “music has some good in it, therefore it is permissible”. That is being very simplistic and being ‘biadab’ to the rest of the scholars and allows non-muslims to attack us regarding our Islamic rulings and teachings. The whole floodgate of “the good of pork and alcohol” would soon follow.

    About the ‘middle path’ you mentioned, here’s food for thought ๐Ÿ™‚ :
    When talking about the ‘middle path’ of covering an aurat of a muslimah, at one end of the spectrum is the bikini. At the other end is the Burqa. What then constitutes the middle path? is it t-shirt and jeans with head dress? baju kurung with no head dress? (PS. there are already answers to these questions already)

  8. Assalamu’alaikum,

    Thanks for your comments aishah ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you’re dealing with abit dangerous theories if i might add.. we should respect the scholars who said its haram because they have already done the extensive research and using ijtihad and taqlid, and came out with those rulings that music is haram, not because its an ‘extreme’ ruling.

    Other respected scholars have said otherwise about music, and hence, for those who follow their opinion, we should still continue to respect the rulings of those who said that music is haram.

    We should not opine ourselves that “music is not haram”.

    But this is not the issue. The issue here is that the ruling of music is not muqtamad. And that’s all that I wanted to bring across to the public. But do not ever say that “music has some good in it, therefore it is permissible”. That is being very simplistic and being ‘biadab’ to the rest of the scholars and allows non-muslims to attack us regarding our Islamic rulings and teachings. The whole floodgate of “the good of pork and alcohol” would soon follow.

    About the ‘middle path’ you mentioned, here’s food for thought ๐Ÿ™‚ :
    When talking about the ‘middle path’ of covering an aurat of a muslimah, at one end of the spectrum is the bikini. At the other end is the Burqa. What then constitutes the middle path? is it t-shirt and jeans with head dress? baju kurung with no head dress? (PS. there are already answers to these questions already)

  9. Digesting your food for thought..

    i tot your example is a bit unfair, dun u think?

    Fact (an absolute truth as stated in the Qur’an n hadeeth): the aurah of a MUSLIMAH is everything but the face and her hands.

    Thus, the minimal standard of covering aurah is just that. The other end of the spectrum, perhaps, covering the whole surface area that has skin on it. Wearing a bikini is not even covering the aurah! So, please take down that example. Doesnt make sense to me.

    Rasulullah once said: “Khairul umur ausaatuhaa” which means, the best practice is in moderation.

    Good practices, such as eating, exercising, when being done excessively, will bring much mudharat to us. Hence, i believe, what sis Aishah was implying is that, listening to music has to be done moderately. I’m not sure if it is our place or role to judge an action as haram or halal. For me it is not THAT important. Life is not all about right or wrong, black or white, halal or haram, isnt it? Instead, it is about reflecting the meaning of each action to our identity and its relation to our purpose in life (i’m trying to bring this debate out of the technical syariah sphere). So, how does ‘music’ help us to be better caliph and servants to Allah? Look at ur eeman, and start listening to your qalb.

    I’m not totally abandoning syariah (ie, halal/haram, right/wrong, dosa/pahala). I believe the religion is simple (ad-deen yusr). And hence in that, lies the beauty of the religion. As i recalled a darling ustazah once reminded us in a tasawwuf class (or was it usuluddin? ulum qur’an?, cant remember), she said: Just remember this formula when u face the endless syariah debate with anyone when u launch into the real world – Everything is halal, unless stated in the Qur’an. When it comes to the practice of aqeedah – Everything is haram unless stated in the Qur’an.

    Too simplistic? What’s wrong with simple?

    Ad-deen yusr.

    Allah a’lam

  10. Digesting your food for thought..

    i tot your example is a bit unfair, dun u think?

    Fact (an absolute truth as stated in the Qur’an n hadeeth): the aurah of a MUSLIMAH is everything but the face and her hands.

    Thus, the minimal standard of covering aurah is just that. The other end of the spectrum, perhaps, covering the whole surface area that has skin on it. Wearing a bikini is not even covering the aurah! So, please take down that example. Doesnt make sense to me.

    Rasulullah once said: “Khairul umur ausaatuhaa” which means, the best practice is in moderation.

    Good practices, such as eating, exercising, when being done excessively, will bring much mudharat to us. Hence, i believe, what sis Aishah was implying is that, listening to music has to be done moderately. I’m not sure if it is our place or role to judge an action as haram or halal. For me it is not THAT important. Life is not all about right or wrong, black or white, halal or haram, isnt it? Instead, it is about reflecting the meaning of each action to our identity and its relation to our purpose in life (i’m trying to bring this debate out of the technical syariah sphere). So, how does ‘music’ help us to be better caliph and servants to Allah? Look at ur eeman, and start listening to your qalb.

    I’m not totally abandoning syariah (ie, halal/haram, right/wrong, dosa/pahala). I believe the religion is simple (ad-deen yusr). And hence in that, lies the beauty of the religion. As i recalled a darling ustazah once reminded us in a tasawwuf class (or was it usuluddin? ulum qur’an?, cant remember), she said: Just remember this formula when u face the endless syariah debate with anyone when u launch into the real world – Everything is halal, unless stated in the Qur’an. When it comes to the practice of aqeedah – Everything is haram unless stated in the Qur’an.

    Too simplistic? What’s wrong with simple?

    Ad-deen yusr.

    Allah a’lam

  11. Assalamu’alaikum,

    Thank you Humaira ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes you are right and thank you for pointing it out to us. Sometimes for the sake of argument and our goal to be ummatan wassatan, some ppl tend to look at the ‘middle path’ in a skewed form as per my example above. It is an irrelevant example indeed and cant be used for a yardstick to ‘judge’ what is the middle path. As such, by using this yardstick, some ppl I know argued that we can drink alcohol, but in moderate amounts as long as we dont get drunk(!!). Can you imagine that? ๐Ÿ™‚

    A thing that we do has to be confirmed not haram before we even talk abt doing it excessively or not… For example, the muqtamad of alcohol is haram, so theres no point in arguing if you drink it excessively or not. Likewise, the aurah of a woman, which is casted in stone in the Quran, is every part except her face and hands, no point of arguing what is the middle path here (you’ll be surprised, some women will argue that the headscarf is optional – ‘middle path’ spectrum argument again!). Music on the other hand is not confirmed, hence, if you subscribe to the scholars who says its ok, then the question of doing it excessively or not will then apply.

    Yes, i recalled that line by your dear Ustazah too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nothing is wrong with being simple, in fact, Islam is simple! But what i wrote was ‘simplistic’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    The line that I wrote refers to the attitude (simplistic attitude) of not trying finding out more when we’re not sure of something in our deen. Sometimes, things are already answered by our community of scholars and has to be taken into consideration before we even use taqlid to do our own judgment. We have to be wise in our judgment and not be too simplistic – different from ‘simple’, a measure of difficulty (in religion).

    PS. This is off topic dear sister, it might be a tassawuf thing im not sure, but can you explain more on why we should listen to our qalb (which is very dependent on the state of the nafs)?

  12. Assalamu’alaikum,

    Thank you Humaira ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes you are right and thank you for pointing it out to us. Sometimes for the sake of argument and our goal to be ummatan wassatan, some ppl tend to look at the ‘middle path’ in a skewed form as per my example above. It is an irrelevant example indeed and cant be used for a yardstick to ‘judge’ what is the middle path. As such, by using this yardstick, some ppl I know argued that we can drink alcohol, but in moderate amounts as long as we dont get drunk(!!). Can you imagine that? ๐Ÿ™‚

    A thing that we do has to be confirmed not haram before we even talk abt doing it excessively or not… For example, the muqtamad of alcohol is haram, so theres no point in arguing if you drink it excessively or not. Likewise, the aurah of a woman, which is casted in stone in the Quran, is every part except her face and hands, no point of arguing what is the middle path here (you’ll be surprised, some women will argue that the headscarf is optional – ‘middle path’ spectrum argument again!). Music on the other hand is not confirmed, hence, if you subscribe to the scholars who says its ok, then the question of doing it excessively or not will then apply.

    Yes, i recalled that line by your dear Ustazah too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nothing is wrong with being simple, in fact, Islam is simple! But what i wrote was ‘simplistic’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    The line that I wrote refers to the attitude (simplistic attitude) of not trying finding out more when we’re not sure of something in our deen. Sometimes, things are already answered by our community of scholars and has to be taken into consideration before we even use taqlid to do our own judgment. We have to be wise in our judgment and not be too simplistic – different from ‘simple’, a measure of difficulty (in religion).

    PS. This is off topic dear sister, it might be a tassawuf thing im not sure, but can you explain more on why we should listen to our qalb (which is very dependent on the state of the nafs)?

  13. ๐Ÿ™‚ Alhamdulillah

    disagree agreeably is the key in khilaf issues

    but ruling on music is not merely a blanket “haram” but needs to be examined on a case-to-case basis.

    aspects to look at encompasses Fiqh Dakwah, Adat, sa’ad zara’ie, etc

    if blanket “haram”, the singing nightingale would have to be roasted the next time we hear one ๐Ÿ™‚

    ma’asalamah

  14. ๐Ÿ™‚ Alhamdulillah

    disagree agreeably is the key in khilaf issues

    but ruling on music is not merely a blanket “haram” but needs to be examined on a case-to-case basis.

    aspects to look at encompasses Fiqh Dakwah, Adat, sa’ad zara’ie, etc

    if blanket “haram”, the singing nightingale would have to be roasted the next time we hear one ๐Ÿ™‚

    ma’asalamah

  15. “PS. This is off topic dear sister, it might be a tassawuf thing im not sure, but can you explain more on why we should listen to our qalb (which is very dependent on the state of the nafs)?”

    I’m not that same sister but just thought that MAYBE she was referring to this hadith that is included in Imam Nawawi’s 40.

    http://fortyhadith.iiu.edu.my/hadith27.htm

    “I came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and he said: “You have come to ask about righteousness ?” ” Yes,” I answered. He said: “Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and sin is what creates restlessness in the soul and moves to and fro in the breast, even though people give you their opinion (in your favour) and continue to do so.””

    Just sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚ May it be of benefit.

  16. “PS. This is off topic dear sister, it might be a tassawuf thing im not sure, but can you explain more on why we should listen to our qalb (which is very dependent on the state of the nafs)?”

    I’m not that same sister but just thought that MAYBE she was referring to this hadith that is included in Imam Nawawi’s 40.

    http://fortyhadith.iiu.edu.my/hadith27.htm

    “I came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and he said: “You have come to ask about righteousness ?” ” Yes,” I answered. He said: “Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and sin is what creates restlessness in the soul and moves to and fro in the breast, even though people give you their opinion (in your favour) and continue to do so.””

    Just sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚ May it be of benefit.

  17. Assalam-o-Alaikum,
    May Blessings of Allah(SWT) be upon all of you.

    i am originally from Pakistan, and music in that part of the world has many forms-ghazals,qawwalis,naat/hamd etc.
    Hamd and Naat do not include music of any sort and are solely for the prupose of praising Allah(SWT) and Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).Qawwalis though include some musical instrument, but their content is related to Islam.I remember listening to this one qawwali related to the event of ascension(or Miraaj) in the life of prophet Muhammad(PBUH).Similarly,there are several international figures like Sami Yusuf and Yusuf Islam (Cat stevens) who convey the teachings of Islam through their Music.I do not mind listening to such music(naat/hamd/qawwali) because my heart and soul feel (almost)the same when i am reciting Quraan.

    I think,according to my limited understanding,that the content of music is very important.If you’re listening to hamd,naat or a qawwali, you are doing ibadat in a way, by remembring Allah(SWT) and his Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
    However, if one is listening to a pop song , say by an American band ,that is about a guy expressing love for his girl friend,then i have an objection.Such songs are not only devoid of the message of Islam,but also pertain to topics which have no room in our religion.Like Islam does not allow a man to feel amorous to a woman unless they are bounded together by Nikkah-the way ordained by Allah(SWT).
    Secondly,there are many western songs in which Jesus is bieng reffered to as God.Humming such songs is form a Shirk.So,one should definitely avoid listening to such songs.
    The next point i am going to mention is very important.Human biengs are full of emotions.At times we feel happy and at times we feel sad;these feelings can arouse for any reason.I know a lot of people who would listen to songs for hours when they are depressed or ecstatic.Where as a true Muslims should always be praising and remembring Allah(swt) irrespective of the mood or state he is in.
    So,music in this way diverts the believers away from the remembrance of the Creator.Remember,a Muslim is one who submits his will to the will of the Supreme creator (Allah).

    May Allah (SWT) forgive me if i have said anything wrong for Allah(SWT) alone is All-knowing.

  18. Assalam-o-Alaikum,
    May Blessings of Allah(SWT) be upon all of you.

    i am originally from Pakistan, and music in that part of the world has many forms-ghazals,qawwalis,naat/hamd etc.
    Hamd and Naat do not include music of any sort and are solely for the prupose of praising Allah(SWT) and Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).Qawwalis though include some musical instrument, but their content is related to Islam.I remember listening to this one qawwali related to the event of ascension(or Miraaj) in the life of prophet Muhammad(PBUH).Similarly,there are several international figures like Sami Yusuf and Yusuf Islam (Cat stevens) who convey the teachings of Islam through their Music.I do not mind listening to such music(naat/hamd/qawwali) because my heart and soul feel (almost)the same when i am reciting Quraan.

    I think,according to my limited understanding,that the content of music is very important.If you’re listening to hamd,naat or a qawwali, you are doing ibadat in a way, by remembring Allah(SWT) and his Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
    However, if one is listening to a pop song , say by an American band ,that is about a guy expressing love for his girl friend,then i have an objection.Such songs are not only devoid of the message of Islam,but also pertain to topics which have no room in our religion.Like Islam does not allow a man to feel amorous to a woman unless they are bounded together by Nikkah-the way ordained by Allah(SWT).
    Secondly,there are many western songs in which Jesus is bieng reffered to as God.Humming such songs is form a Shirk.So,one should definitely avoid listening to such songs.
    The next point i am going to mention is very important.Human biengs are full of emotions.At times we feel happy and at times we feel sad;these feelings can arouse for any reason.I know a lot of people who would listen to songs for hours when they are depressed or ecstatic.Where as a true Muslims should always be praising and remembring Allah(swt) irrespective of the mood or state he is in.
    So,music in this way diverts the believers away from the remembrance of the Creator.Remember,a Muslim is one who submits his will to the will of the Supreme creator (Allah).

    May Allah (SWT) forgive me if i have said anything wrong for Allah(SWT) alone is All-knowing.

  19. Jazaakallah khayr Sis Ameera,

    That particular hadith that you quoted is so straight-forward and clear! This is the first time I come across Hadith #27 and I should thank Allah for the enlightenment through your post.

    Many a times we fail to do just that, isn’t it – consulting our heart. The less we take heed of it, the more restless it becomes until it comes to a point it doesn’t speak to us anymore or we fail to listen to it and become ‘deaf’. Perhaps this restlessness comes about from the factor called ‘nafs’ that Bro Luqman was referring to.

    Allah Knows Best.

  20. Jazaakallah khayr Sis Ameera,

    That particular hadith that you quoted is so straight-forward and clear! This is the first time I come across Hadith #27 and I should thank Allah for the enlightenment through your post.

    Many a times we fail to do just that, isn’t it – consulting our heart. The less we take heed of it, the more restless it becomes until it comes to a point it doesn’t speak to us anymore or we fail to listen to it and become ‘deaf’. Perhaps this restlessness comes about from the factor called ‘nafs’ that Bro Luqman was referring to.

    Allah Knows Best.

  21. asssalamualaikum

    first of all – dear humaira, thank you for your views and reflecting my opinion on doing stuff (be it listenin to music or others) in moderation. i hope to learn more from you as i believed your knowledge of religion is deeper than mine, alhamdullilah. thank you

    To all – i apologised if my argument was skewed and simplistic and ‘bordering on dangerous theories’ as mentioned (as i mentioned, i haf little knowledge about the issue of music in islam, but insyallah, i will research and learn more about other respected scholars that brother luqman has mentioned) it was never my intention to do so – i was merely expressin what little opinion i had and sharing the beauty of islam about practising moderation in whatever we do that is within limitations of agama and of course, logic/fairness.

    moderators – may i suggest that ‘harsh’ comments be moderated/toned down to prevent jarring views and prasangka? i was at first, shocked when i read brother luqman’s view and his comparison abt my comment. however, i accepted my lack of knowledge and hope to continue improving on my knowledge abt islam.

    i respect this forum and i hope more will come forward to share their views on the beauty of islam and its strengths. For whatever differences in opinions we haf, i hope we can continue presenting one heart and mind while continuing to learn from each other. insyallah.

  22. asssalamualaikum

    first of all – dear humaira, thank you for your views and reflecting my opinion on doing stuff (be it listenin to music or others) in moderation. i hope to learn more from you as i believed your knowledge of religion is deeper than mine, alhamdullilah. thank you

    To all – i apologised if my argument was skewed and simplistic and ‘bordering on dangerous theories’ as mentioned (as i mentioned, i haf little knowledge about the issue of music in islam, but insyallah, i will research and learn more about other respected scholars that brother luqman has mentioned) it was never my intention to do so – i was merely expressin what little opinion i had and sharing the beauty of islam about practising moderation in whatever we do that is within limitations of agama and of course, logic/fairness.

    moderators – may i suggest that ‘harsh’ comments be moderated/toned down to prevent jarring views and prasangka? i was at first, shocked when i read brother luqman’s view and his comparison abt my comment. however, i accepted my lack of knowledge and hope to continue improving on my knowledge abt islam.

    i respect this forum and i hope more will come forward to share their views on the beauty of islam and its strengths. For whatever differences in opinions we haf, i hope we can continue presenting one heart and mind while continuing to learn from each other. insyallah.

  23. Dear Aishah,

    My really sincere apologies if the tone was harsh. It was never meant to be that way (something i hate abt this limitations conveying things properly on the net!).

    I am sincerely putting forth what i think may be right, continuing the discussion and moderating as properly as i could. Note that this mean my views may be not correct either. You can blast me back with whatever you think i/others may be wrong at and i wont mind (i hope the rest dont mind too) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dont let this be a hindrance for you in voicing out k? It is important that in a discussion, like Ahmad says above, we need to learn to agree to disagree, and not be afraid of pointing out your views if you think you’re correct.

    We’re all here to learn and to seek truth, so lets all be sincere in this ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Dear Aishah,

    My really sincere apologies if the tone was harsh. It was never meant to be that way (something i hate abt this limitations conveying things properly on the net!).

    I am sincerely putting forth what i think may be right, continuing the discussion and moderating as properly as i could. Note that this mean my views may be not correct either. You can blast me back with whatever you think i/others may be wrong at and i wont mind (i hope the rest dont mind too) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dont let this be a hindrance for you in voicing out k? It is important that in a discussion, like Ahmad says above, we need to learn to agree to disagree, and not be afraid of pointing out your views if you think you’re correct.

    We’re all here to learn and to seek truth, so lets all be sincere in this ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Assalamu’alaikum Aun Muhammad,

    During my ‘jahiliyah’ days i argued with a well-known nasheed singer regarding the use of music as a form of ibadah because i thought then that the only way to do ibadah is through our salat (that is how limited my knowledge is). Now i know this is not true and that any actions can be counted as an ibadah.

    Alhamdulillah thank you for sharing, reminding and pointing out about using music as a form of ibadah. This is so that we hear such music not just as a nice tune, but also deepen our relationship with Allah through the nature and meaning of the song itself.

  26. Assalamu’alaikum Aun Muhammad,

    During my ‘jahiliyah’ days i argued with a well-known nasheed singer regarding the use of music as a form of ibadah because i thought then that the only way to do ibadah is through our salat (that is how limited my knowledge is). Now i know this is not true and that any actions can be counted as an ibadah.

    Alhamdulillah thank you for sharing, reminding and pointing out about using music as a form of ibadah. This is so that we hear such music not just as a nice tune, but also deepen our relationship with Allah through the nature and meaning of the song itself.

  27. Salam.

    I was just reading through everything again and this struck me.

    “As such, by using this yardstick, some ppl I know argued that we can drink alcohol, but in moderate amounts as long as we dont get drunk(!!).”

    Recently, maybe about 3 weeks ago, it was in the papers how Shaykh Yusuf Qardawi (the same one you mention in the post) gave a fatwa that alcohol IS allowed as long as its in small amount. BUT PLEASE NOTE: Many scholars & even Shaykh Yusuf himself has said that his words were blown out of proportion.

    I think the important thing here is to be careful of every piece of information you get & always conduct referral or double-checking with an ‘alim before taking everything in wholesale, especially with information that is available on the net.

  28. Salam.

    I was just reading through everything again and this struck me.

    “As such, by using this yardstick, some ppl I know argued that we can drink alcohol, but in moderate amounts as long as we dont get drunk(!!).”

    Recently, maybe about 3 weeks ago, it was in the papers how Shaykh Yusuf Qardawi (the same one you mention in the post) gave a fatwa that alcohol IS allowed as long as its in small amount. BUT PLEASE NOTE: Many scholars & even Shaykh Yusuf himself has said that his words were blown out of proportion.

    I think the important thing here is to be careful of every piece of information you get & always conduct referral or double-checking with an ‘alim before taking everything in wholesale, especially with information that is available on the net.

  29. Yes… it is blown out of proportion. I want to explain this but im scared that this will be blown out of proportion as well…

    Case in point:

    An ‘alim says that “while producing a drink, any traces of alcohol produced naturally (the maker not intentionally producing alcohol), and the whole drink does not cause ppl to get drunk even after drinking tons of it, is not haram.”

    Sounds ok right? Sounds like alcohol is still haram here..

    But certain ppl convey this ‘alim’s message wrongly. They would simply say “According to this ‘alim, small amount of alcohol in drink is ok”.

    See how this can be (wrongly) quoted?

    Ageed… we have to scrutinise every single line that we read and the source of it. The best is to have religious teachers to explain it to you since they have that knowledge already and you can take it first-hand.

    (from music to alcohol… diverse eh this topic? ;))

  30. Yes… it is blown out of proportion. I want to explain this but im scared that this will be blown out of proportion as well…

    Case in point:

    An ‘alim says that “while producing a drink, any traces of alcohol produced naturally (the maker not intentionally producing alcohol), and the whole drink does not cause ppl to get drunk even after drinking tons of it, is not haram.”

    Sounds ok right? Sounds like alcohol is still haram here..

    But certain ppl convey this ‘alim’s message wrongly. They would simply say “According to this ‘alim, small amount of alcohol in drink is ok”.

    See how this can be (wrongly) quoted?

    Ageed… we have to scrutinise every single line that we read and the source of it. The best is to have religious teachers to explain it to you since they have that knowledge already and you can take it first-hand.

    (from music to alcohol… diverse eh this topic? ;))

  31. If Music is haram? then is reciting the Quran in those beautiful melodies haram? how bout nasyid then? just WHAT IS MUSIC? it is very subjective la. When we sing praises of Allah, is it not right? or if we sing about the beauty, despair, or whatever the feelings that we feel in this world of HIS, is HARAM? whether you forget or not about the reality of ALLAH is up to the individual. Music has become a scapegoat. Its like absolving any individualisation of the whole problem…

    Im no muslim scholar, but i guess we just have to use and evaluate for ourselves, keeping in mind these two arguments.

    2 sen saya je.

  32. If Music is haram? then is reciting the Quran in those beautiful melodies haram? how bout nasyid then? just WHAT IS MUSIC? it is very subjective la. When we sing praises of Allah, is it not right? or if we sing about the beauty, despair, or whatever the feelings that we feel in this world of HIS, is HARAM? whether you forget or not about the reality of ALLAH is up to the individual. Music has become a scapegoat. Its like absolving any individualisation of the whole problem…

    Im no muslim scholar, but i guess we just have to use and evaluate for ourselves, keeping in mind these two arguments.

    2 sen saya je.

  33. What is music?

    Music to me is the reading of the Al-Quran, the praises of Rasulullah s.a.w. and the chanting of zikrullah. Anything that longs the soul for its Creator and His Beloved.

    Anything else is simply, deafening, empty, meaningless and … dead.

    sounds extreme huh, … not unless we’re feeling in the same frequency..

  34. What is music?

    Music to me is the reading of the Al-Quran, the praises of Rasulullah s.a.w. and the chanting of zikrullah. Anything that longs the soul for its Creator and His Beloved.

    Anything else is simply, deafening, empty, meaningless and … dead.

    sounds extreme huh, … not unless we’re feeling in the same frequency..

  35. I guess everyone has a different opinion on this.

    To me the if the music does not sound to deafening and lyrics makes positive changes to someone’s life that would be great too.

    There are also songs that reminds us to be good sons or good fathers. Not necessarily it may be related to or praising Allah or the prophet. It does develop one’s character and move hearts.

    The many reasons that we are here in this world is to make a difference. Musicians do it through songs..IslamicSG Networks do it through technology..Teachers do it through education…Lawyers do it through Syariah…and many more..

  36. I guess everyone has a different opinion on this.

    To me the if the music does not sound to deafening and lyrics makes positive changes to someone’s life that would be great too.

    There are also songs that reminds us to be good sons or good fathers. Not necessarily it may be related to or praising Allah or the prophet. It does develop one’s character and move hearts.

    The many reasons that we are here in this world is to make a difference. Musicians do it through songs..IslamicSG Networks do it through technology..Teachers do it through education…Lawyers do it through Syariah…and many more..

  37. I agree with Lukman quotes below:

    “So who is right here? The answer is both! And it is important to note here that these scholars do not tell each other that they are wrong and โ€œonly my ruling is correct!โ€. The adab of argument between scholars is something we should look up to especially in this day of age where everyone seem to argue for the sake of argument and never for the sake of finding truth.

    Most scholars agree that the issue of music is not muqtamad (khilaf), meaning, its non-permissibility (or otherwise) is not confirmed unlike fornication and alcohol, which are clearly haram.”

    I suggest that Bro Lukman should post the ettiquette and adabs in listening to music by Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi for the benefits of our bros and sisters.

  38. I agree with Lukman quotes below:

    “So who is right here? The answer is both! And it is important to note here that these scholars do not tell each other that they are wrong and โ€œonly my ruling is correct!โ€. The adab of argument between scholars is something we should look up to especially in this day of age where everyone seem to argue for the sake of argument and never for the sake of finding truth.

    Most scholars agree that the issue of music is not muqtamad (khilaf), meaning, its non-permissibility (or otherwise) is not confirmed unlike fornication and alcohol, which are clearly haram.”

    I suggest that Bro Lukman should post the ettiquette and adabs in listening to music by Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi for the benefits of our bros and sisters.

  39. (The following is typed manually from my hardcopy of Al-Halal wal Haram fil Islam by Yusuf al-Qaradawi (IBT Publications) under the chapter Singing and Music. Hence please excuse any typo errors).

    (Page 300):

    Among the entertainments which may comfort the soul, please the heart and refresh the ear is singing. Islam permits singing under the condition that it not be in any way obscene or harmful to Islamic morals. There is no harm in its being accompanied by music which is not exciting.

    In order to create an atmosphere of joy and happiness, singing is recommended on festive occasions such as the days of Eid, weddings and wedding feasts, births, ‘aqiqat (celebration of the birth of a baby by the slaughter of sheep) and on the return of a traveler.

    Aishah narrated that when a woman was married to an Ansari man, the Prophet (saw) said, “Aishah, did they have any entertainment? The Ansar are fond of entertainment.” (Al-Bukhari)

    Ibn ‘Abbas said. “Aishah gave a girl relative of hers in marriage to a man of the Ansar. The Prophet (saw) came and asked, “Did you send a singer along with her?” ‘No,’ said Aishah. The messenger of Allah (saw) then said, “The Ansar are a people who love poetry. You should have sent along someone who would sing, ‘Here we come, to you we come, greet us as we greet you'” (Ibn Majah)

    Aishah narrated that during the days of Mina, on the day of Eid al-Adha, two girls were with her, singing and playing on a hand drum. The Prophet (saw) was present, listening to them with his head under a shawl. Abu Bakr then entered and scolded the girls. The Prophet (saw) uncovering his face, told him, “Let them be, Abu Bakr. These are the days of Eid.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

    (Page 301 to be continued. Hands need rest. Total 5 pages. =)

  40. (The following is typed manually from my hardcopy of Al-Halal wal Haram fil Islam by Yusuf al-Qaradawi (IBT Publications) under the chapter Singing and Music. Hence please excuse any typo errors).

    (Page 300):

    Among the entertainments which may comfort the soul, please the heart and refresh the ear is singing. Islam permits singing under the condition that it not be in any way obscene or harmful to Islamic morals. There is no harm in its being accompanied by music which is not exciting.

    In order to create an atmosphere of joy and happiness, singing is recommended on festive occasions such as the days of Eid, weddings and wedding feasts, births, ‘aqiqat (celebration of the birth of a baby by the slaughter of sheep) and on the return of a traveler.

    Aishah narrated that when a woman was married to an Ansari man, the Prophet (saw) said, “Aishah, did they have any entertainment? The Ansar are fond of entertainment.” (Al-Bukhari)

    Ibn ‘Abbas said. “Aishah gave a girl relative of hers in marriage to a man of the Ansar. The Prophet (saw) came and asked, “Did you send a singer along with her?” ‘No,’ said Aishah. The messenger of Allah (saw) then said, “The Ansar are a people who love poetry. You should have sent along someone who would sing, ‘Here we come, to you we come, greet us as we greet you'” (Ibn Majah)

    Aishah narrated that during the days of Mina, on the day of Eid al-Adha, two girls were with her, singing and playing on a hand drum. The Prophet (saw) was present, listening to them with his head under a shawl. Abu Bakr then entered and scolded the girls. The Prophet (saw) uncovering his face, told him, “Let them be, Abu Bakr. These are the days of Eid.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

    (Page 301 to be continued. Hands need rest. Total 5 pages. =)

  41. (…continued from comment before this.)

    (The following is typed manually from my hardcopy of Al-Halal wal Haram fil Islam by Yusuf al-Qaradawi (IBT Publications) under the chapter Singing and Music. Hence please excuse any typo errors).

    Pg301 onwards:

    In his book Ihya ulum al-den, Imam Al-Ghazzali mentions the ahadith about the signing of the girls, the Abyssinians playing with the spears in the Prophet’s mosque, the Prophet”s encouraging them by saying, “Carry on, O Bani Arfidah,” his asking his wife Aishah, “Would you like to watch?” and standing there with her until she herself became tired and went away, and Aishah’s playing with dolls with her friends. He then says:

    “All these ahadith are reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim in the two Sahihs, and they clearly prove that singing and playing are not haram. From there we may deduce the following:

    1st: The permissability of playing; the Abyssinians were in the habit of dancing and playing.
    2nd: Doing this in the mosque.
    3rd: The Prophet’s saying, ‘Carry on. O Bani Arfidah,’ was a command and a request that they should play; then how can their play be considered haram?
    4th: The Prophet prevented Abu Bakr and Umar from interrupting and scolding the players and singers. He told Abu Bakr that Eid was a joyous occassion, and that singing was a means of enjoyment.
    5th: On both occassions he stayed for a long time with Aishah, letting her watch the show of the Abyssinians and listening with her to the singing of the girls. This proves that it is far better to be good humoured in pleasing women and children with games than to express such disapproval of such ammusements out of a sense of piety and asceticism.
    6th: The Prophet himself encouraged Aishah by asking her “Would you like to watch?”
    7th: The permissability of singing and playing on the drum…”

    and what follows, to the end of Al-Ghazali’s discussion on singing.

    It is reported that many companions of the prophet as well as 2nd generation muslim scholars used to listen to singing and did not see anything wrong with it. As for the ahadith which have been reported against singing, they are all weak and have been shown by researchers to be unsound. The jurist Abu Bakr al-‘Arabi says, “No sound hadith is available concerning the prohibition of singing,” while Ibn Hazm says, “All that is reported on this subject is false and fabricated.”

    However since singing is in many cases associated with drinking parties and night clubs, many scholars have declared it to be haram or at least makruh. They state that singing constitutes that kind of idle talk which is mentioned in the ayah: “And among the people is the one who buys idle talk (at the expense of his soul) in order to lead (people) astray from the path of Allah without knowledge, holding it in mockery; for such there will be a humiliating punishment. (31:6)”

    Says Ibn Hazm: “This verse condems a particular behaviour, that of doing something to mock the path of Allah. Anyone who does this is an unbeliever, even if he should buy a copy of the Quran,. doing so in order to make it the object of his mockery and thereby leading people astray, he would be an unbeliever. It is this type of behaviour which is condemned by Allah and not the idle talk in which one may indulge in for mere relaxation. without intending to lead people astray from the path of Allah.”

    Ibn Hazm also refutes the argument of those who say that since singing is not of “the truth” it must be of “error”, referring to the verse, “And what is beyond the truth except error? (10:32). He comments “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Deeds will be judged according to intentions, and everyone will get what he intended’ (Bukhari and Muslim). Accordingly, the one who listens to singing with the intention of using it in support of a sin is a sinner, and this holds true of anything other than singing (as well), while one who listens to singing with the intention of refreshing his soul in order to gain strength to do his duty toward Allah Ta’ala and to do good deeds, is a good and obedient servant of Allah and his action is of the truth. And he who listens to singing intending neither obedience nor disobedience is doing something neutral and harmless, which is similar to going to the park and walking around, standing by a window and looking at the sky , wearing blue or green cloths, and so on.

    However there some limitations to be observed in the matter of singing:

    1) The subject matter of songs should not be against the teachings of Islam. For example, if the song is in praise of wine, and it invites people to drink, singing or listening to it is haram.
    2) Although the subject matter itself may not be against the Islam teachings, the manner if singing may render it haram; this would be the case for e.g. if the singing were accompanied by a suggestive sexual movement.
    3) Islam fights against excess and extravagance in anything, even in worship; how then can it tolerate excessive involvement with entertainment? Too much time should not be wasted in such activities; after all, what is time but life itself? One cannot dispute the fact that spending time in permissible activities consumes time which ought to be reserved for carrying out religious obligations and doing good deeds. It is aptly said, “There is no excess except at the expense of a neglected duty.”
    4) Each individual is the best judge of himself. If a certain type of singing arouses one’s passions, leads him toward sin, excites the animal instincts, and dulls spirituality, he must avoid it, thus closing the door to temptations.
    5) There is unanimous agreement that if singing is done in conjunction with haram activities- for e.g. at a drinking party or if it is mixed with obscenity and sin, it is haram. The prophet warned of a severe punishment for people who sing or listen to singing in such a situation when he said: “Some people of my ummah will drink wine, calling it by another name, while they listen to singers accompanied by musical instruments. Allah will cause the earth to swallow them and will turn some of them into monkeys and swine” (Ibn Majah)

    This done not mean that they will be physically transformed into the bodies and outward form of monkeys and swine but rather in heart and soul, carrying the heart of a monkey and the soul of the pig in their human bodies.

    -end-

    (For the record, I’ve never likened to discussing such issues online, cause I feel much disagreement arises from the fact that it’s looking at words typed, hence misunderstandings and such. I think the adab for such intricacies is not online. Nevertheless, just carrying out an amanah in response to Ustaz Yusri.)

  42. (…continued from comment before this.)

    (The following is typed manually from my hardcopy of Al-Halal wal Haram fil Islam by Yusuf al-Qaradawi (IBT Publications) under the chapter Singing and Music. Hence please excuse any typo errors).

    Pg301 onwards:

    In his book Ihya ulum al-den, Imam Al-Ghazzali mentions the ahadith about the signing of the girls, the Abyssinians playing with the spears in the Prophet’s mosque, the Prophet”s encouraging them by saying, “Carry on, O Bani Arfidah,” his asking his wife Aishah, “Would you like to watch?” and standing there with her until she herself became tired and went away, and Aishah’s playing with dolls with her friends. He then says:

    “All these ahadith are reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim in the two Sahihs, and they clearly prove that singing and playing are not haram. From there we may deduce the following:

    1st: The permissability of playing; the Abyssinians were in the habit of dancing and playing.
    2nd: Doing this in the mosque.
    3rd: The Prophet’s saying, ‘Carry on. O Bani Arfidah,’ was a command and a request that they should play; then how can their play be considered haram?
    4th: The Prophet prevented Abu Bakr and Umar from interrupting and scolding the players and singers. He told Abu Bakr that Eid was a joyous occassion, and that singing was a means of enjoyment.
    5th: On both occassions he stayed for a long time with Aishah, letting her watch the show of the Abyssinians and listening with her to the singing of the girls. This proves that it is far better to be good humoured in pleasing women and children with games than to express such disapproval of such ammusements out of a sense of piety and asceticism.
    6th: The Prophet himself encouraged Aishah by asking her “Would you like to watch?”
    7th: The permissability of singing and playing on the drum…”

    and what follows, to the end of Al-Ghazali’s discussion on singing.

    It is reported that many companions of the prophet as well as 2nd generation muslim scholars used to listen to singing and did not see anything wrong with it. As for the ahadith which have been reported against singing, they are all weak and have been shown by researchers to be unsound. The jurist Abu Bakr al-‘Arabi says, “No sound hadith is available concerning the prohibition of singing,” while Ibn Hazm says, “All that is reported on this subject is false and fabricated.”

    However since singing is in many cases associated with drinking parties and night clubs, many scholars have declared it to be haram or at least makruh. They state that singing constitutes that kind of idle talk which is mentioned in the ayah: “And among the people is the one who buys idle talk (at the expense of his soul) in order to lead (people) astray from the path of Allah without knowledge, holding it in mockery; for such there will be a humiliating punishment. (31:6)”

    Says Ibn Hazm: “This verse condems a particular behaviour, that of doing something to mock the path of Allah. Anyone who does this is an unbeliever, even if he should buy a copy of the Quran,. doing so in order to make it the object of his mockery and thereby leading people astray, he would be an unbeliever. It is this type of behaviour which is condemned by Allah and not the idle talk in which one may indulge in for mere relaxation. without intending to lead people astray from the path of Allah.”

    Ibn Hazm also refutes the argument of those who say that since singing is not of “the truth” it must be of “error”, referring to the verse, “And what is beyond the truth except error? (10:32). He comments “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Deeds will be judged according to intentions, and everyone will get what he intended’ (Bukhari and Muslim). Accordingly, the one who listens to singing with the intention of using it in support of a sin is a sinner, and this holds true of anything other than singing (as well), while one who listens to singing with the intention of refreshing his soul in order to gain strength to do his duty toward Allah Ta’ala and to do good deeds, is a good and obedient servant of Allah and his action is of the truth. And he who listens to singing intending neither obedience nor disobedience is doing something neutral and harmless, which is similar to going to the park and walking around, standing by a window and looking at the sky , wearing blue or green cloths, and so on.

    However there some limitations to be observed in the matter of singing:

    1) The subject matter of songs should not be against the teachings of Islam. For example, if the song is in praise of wine, and it invites people to drink, singing or listening to it is haram.
    2) Although the subject matter itself may not be against the Islam teachings, the manner if singing may render it haram; this would be the case for e.g. if the singing were accompanied by a suggestive sexual movement.
    3) Islam fights against excess and extravagance in anything, even in worship; how then can it tolerate excessive involvement with entertainment? Too much time should not be wasted in such activities; after all, what is time but life itself? One cannot dispute the fact that spending time in permissible activities consumes time which ought to be reserved for carrying out religious obligations and doing good deeds. It is aptly said, “There is no excess except at the expense of a neglected duty.”
    4) Each individual is the best judge of himself. If a certain type of singing arouses one’s passions, leads him toward sin, excites the animal instincts, and dulls spirituality, he must avoid it, thus closing the door to temptations.
    5) There is unanimous agreement that if singing is done in conjunction with haram activities- for e.g. at a drinking party or if it is mixed with obscenity and sin, it is haram. The prophet warned of a severe punishment for people who sing or listen to singing in such a situation when he said: “Some people of my ummah will drink wine, calling it by another name, while they listen to singers accompanied by musical instruments. Allah will cause the earth to swallow them and will turn some of them into monkeys and swine” (Ibn Majah)

    This done not mean that they will be physically transformed into the bodies and outward form of monkeys and swine but rather in heart and soul, carrying the heart of a monkey and the soul of the pig in their human bodies.

    -end-

    (For the record, I’ve never likened to discussing such issues online, cause I feel much disagreement arises from the fact that it’s looking at words typed, hence misunderstandings and such. I think the adab for such intricacies is not online. Nevertheless, just carrying out an amanah in response to Ustaz Yusri.)

  43. Kata-kata Nabi s.a.w .yg usulnya dari wahyu Allah s.w.t seperti hadith sahih di atas yang mengharamkan muzik adalah muktamad. Kenapa masih hendak meremehkannya dgn mengikut pendapat manusia(yg boleh membuat kesilapan dibandingkan Nabi s.a.w yg menerima wahyu) walaupun title manusia itu ustaz, ulama, syeikh atau mufti.

  44. ู„ุง ุฅู„ู‡ ุฅู„ุง ุงู„ู„ู‡
    ุงู„ุณู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆ ุฑุญู…ุฉ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆ ุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡
    ุจุณู… ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฑุญู…ู† ุงู„ุฑุญูŠู…
    ุงู„ู„ู‡ู… ุตู„ ุนู„ู‰ ุณูŠุฏู†ุง ู…ุญู…ุฏ

    Isn’t that there is a hadith that mentioned about Sayyida Siti Aisyah (RhadiALLAAHU Anha) did sing on eid day and the Sahabah (RadhiALLAAHU Anhuma) were alarmed and reported it to our Beloved RASULULLAAH (SAW) RASULULLAAH (SAW) did said it’s alright let her, Sayyida Siti Aisyah (RhadiALLAAHU Anha) be happy on the eid day.

    On the other hand, through my experiences are, when I listen to nasheed or Qasida they do make me feel strong in my qalb unlike when I listen to those songs that do not praise or Glorify ALLAAH SWT and HIS Beloved RASULULLAH (SAW), it does weakened the strength of my qalb.

    Btw, via the information given by the cousin of my late father, we are the decendant of one of The Wali songo. ALLAAHU ‘Alim.

    JazaakALLAAHU Khayraan.

    P.S – I know I’m not perfect, but I’d like to advise the Muslimins when we are discussing about religion stuff, please be in good adab. That’s also applied on our daily lives. May ALLAAH SWT forgive me for making this appeal if there is any inappropriate underlying feelings does sparked therefrom. ุขู…ูŠู† ุขู…ูŠู† ุขู…ูŠู†

    ุจุณู… ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฑุญู…ู† ุงู„ุฑุญูŠู…
    ุงู„ู„ู‡ู… ุตู„ ุนู„ู‰ ุณูŠุฏู†ุง ู…ุญู…ุฏ

  45. If the Prophet said it’s Haram, we have to listen and obey.

    It is said Music is Haram.
    If you are keen to know what i’ve experienced, then you may continue reading.
    I realise that when i did’nt listen to music, it do makes a person Iman better.

    Some people disgree music is Haram because its has been part of our live.
    Same as me perviously, every single day, everywhere i go i will listen to music.
    It all started when i totally stop listening to music. Stop meaning i didnt put in earphone and listen.
    I even stop listening to radio with music or idle talks.

    And i see the diffrence. And i understand why music is Haram.
    Its only when you stop listening, only then you will experience it.

    Syaitan, Men’s closest enemy. He will not give up until the day our soul goes out of our body.
    Whats the best way to influence Mankind from remembering Allah?
    Whats the best way to think that everythings is ok?
    He will whispers some suggestion to you.

    The syaitan will sneek and wispers to you constantly.
    As in surah An-Nass ayat 114:4
    “From the evil of the retreating whisperer -”

    Just observe, which words that does not have any benefits that we hear all the time.
    Music.
    Just pay attention, even the Lyric you can notice something is not right.
    The words used, either makes your sexual desire increase, or makes you sad, or makes you think everything is ok.
    Thats the dangerious part. It makes you feel everything is ok. Syaitan is wispering suggestion saying everything is ok, just continue what we are doing.
    While that is wrong. We should be thinking of Allah. We should remember Allah constantly as much as we can.
    Before and after anything. Always remember Allah. But Music makes your mind occupied with Dunia, and less Akhirat.

    Remember, when we think of Allah our mind will be at ease. But instead, Music makes us relex. Now you know why.

    What i did is, change my habit. I listen to dakwa session on mp3, learn to recite al-quran in mp3, listen to kutubahs, ceramah, and best way is download all speeches available in youtube, like great speeches done by Nouman Ali, Bilal Philips.

    Insyallah, May Allah guide us to the path that he favoured.

  46. โ€Ž# Saatnya Meninggalkan Musik #

    Bagaimana bisa,penyanyi berjilbab disukai?

    Karena hanya mirip vokalnya dengan penyanyi barat dan disukai juga oleh sesama penggemar musik?

    Bukan disukai oleh ulama atau ahli ilmu, lantas dijadikan favourite?

    Lantas bagaimana dengan hadits-hadits yang mengatakan haramnya musik?

    Apa mau dikatakan dho’if? Padahal dalil Al Qur’an pun mendukung.

    Dan kami yakin seorang penggemar musik sulit menghafalkan Al Qur’an karena sulitnya Al Qur’an itu bersatu dengan musik.

    Kata Imam Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah , “Sungguh nyanyian dapat memalingkan hati seseorang dari memahami, merenungkan dan mengamalkan isi Al Qurโ€™an. Ingatlah, Al Qurโ€™an dan nyanyian selamanya tidaklah mungkin bersatu dalam satu hati karena keduanya itu saling bertolak belakang.”

    Semoga saja para penggemarnya mendapat hidayah setelah membaca beberapa nasehat ulama berikut ini:

    Allah Taโ€™aala berfirman,

    ูˆูŽู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณู ู…ูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽุดู’ุชูŽุฑููŠ ู„ูŽู‡ู’ูˆูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฏููŠุซู ู„ููŠูุถูู„ูŽู‘ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุณูŽุจููŠู„ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุจูุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุนูู„ู’ู…ู

    ูˆูŽูŠูŽุชูŽู‘ุฎูุฐูŽู‡ูŽุง ู‡ูุฒููˆู‹ุง ุฃููˆู„ูŽุฆููƒูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุนูŽุฐูŽุงุจูŒ ู…ูู‡ููŠู†ูŒ ูˆูŽุฅูุฐูŽุง ุชูุชู’ู„ูŽู‰ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ุขูŠูŽุงุชูู†ูŽุง ูˆูŽู„ูŽู‘ู‰ ู…ูุณู’ุชูŽูƒู’ุจูุฑู‹ุง

    ูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ู’ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽุณู’ู…ูŽุนู’ู‡ูŽุง ูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ูููŠ ุฃูุฐูู†ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽู‚ู’ุฑู‹ุง ููŽุจูŽุดูู‘ุฑู’ู‡ู ุจูุนูŽุฐูŽุงุจู ุฃูŽู„ููŠู…ู

    โ€œDan di antara manusia (ada) orang yang mempergunakan perkataan yang tidak berguna untuk menyesatkan (manusia) dari jalan Allah tanpa pengetahuan dan menjadikan jalan Allah itu olok-olokan. Mereka itu akan memperoleh azab yang menghinakan. Dan apabila dibacakan kepadanya ayat-ayat Kami dia berpaling dengan menyombongkan diri seolah-olah dia belum mendengarnya, seakan-akan ada sumbat di kedua telinganya; maka beri kabar gembiralah padanya dengan azab yang pedih.โ€ (QS. Luqman: 6-7)

    Ibnu Jarir Ath Thabariy -rahimahullah- dalam kitab tafsirnya mengatakan bahwa para pakar tafsir berselisih pendapat apa yang dimaksud dengan ู„ูŽู‡ู’ูˆูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฏููŠุซู โ€œlahwal haditsโ€ dalam ayat tersebut.

    Sebagian mereka mengatakan bahwa yang dimaksudkan adalah nyanyian dan mendengarkannya. Lalu setelah itu Ibnu Jarir menyebutkan beberapa perkataan ulama salaf mengenai tafsir ayat tersebut. Di antaranya adalah dari Abu Ash Shobaaโ€™ Al Bakri โ€“rahimahullah-. Beliau mengatakan bahwa dia mendengar Ibnu Masโ€™ud ditanya mengenai tafsir ayat tersebut, lantas beliau โ€“radhiyallahu โ€˜anhu- berkata,

    ุงู„ุบูู†ูŽุงุกูุŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠ ู„ุงูŽ ุฅูู„ูŽู‡ูŽ ุฅูู„ุงูŽู‘ ู‡ููˆูŽุŒ ูŠูุฑูŽุฏูู‘ุฏูู‡ูŽุง ุซูŽู„ุงูŽุซ ูŽู…ูŽุฑูŽู‘ุงุชู.

    โ€œYang dimaksud adalah nyanyian, demi Dzat yang tidak ada ilah (sesembahan) yang berhak diibadahi selain Dia.โ€ Beliau menyebutkan makna tersebut sebanyak tiga kali.[1]

    Asy Syaukani dalam kitab tafsirnya mengatakan, โ€œLahwal hadits adalah segala sesuatu yang melalaikan seseorang dari berbuat baik. Hal itu bisa berupa nyanyian, permainan, cerita-cerita bohong dan setiap kemungkaran.โ€
    Lalu, Asy Syaukani menukil perkataan Al Qurtubhi yang mengatakan bahwa tafsiran yang paling bagus untuk makna lahwal hadits adalah nyanyian. Inilah pendapat para sahabat dan tabiโ€™in.[3]

    Bukhari membawakan dalam Bab โ€œSiapa yang menghalalkan khomr dengan selain namanyaโ€ sebuah riwayat dari Abu โ€˜Amir atau Abu Malik Al Asyโ€™ari telah menceritakan bahwa dia tidak berdusta, lalu dia menyampaikan sabda Nabi shallallahu โ€˜alaihi wa sallam,

    ู„ูŽูŠูŽูƒููˆู†ูŽู†ูŽู‘ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฃูู…ูŽู‘ุชูู‰ ุฃูŽู‚ู’ูˆูŽุงู…ูŒ ูŠูŽุณู’ุชูŽุญูู„ูู‘ูˆู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูุฑูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฑููŠุฑูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุฎูŽู…ู’ุฑูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุนูŽุงุฒูููŽ ุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽูŠูŽู†ู’ุฒูู„ูŽู†ูŽู‘

    ุฃูŽู‚ู’ูˆูŽุงู…ูŒ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุฌูŽู†ู’ุจู ุนูŽู„ูŽู…ู ูŠูŽุฑููˆุญู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูู…ู’ ุจูุณูŽุงุฑูุญูŽุฉู ู„ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุŒ ูŠูŽุฃู’ุชููŠู‡ูู…ู’ โ€“ ูŠูŽุนู’ู†ูู‰ ุงู„ู’ููŽู‚ููŠุฑูŽ โ€“

    ู„ูุญูŽุงุฌูŽุฉู ููŽูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆุง ุงุฑู’ุฌูุนู’ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ู†ูŽุง ุบูŽุฏู‹ุง . ููŽูŠูุจูŽูŠูู‘ุชูู‡ูู…ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ูˆูŽูŠูŽุถูŽุนู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽู„ูŽู…ูŽ ุŒ ูˆูŽูŠูŽู…ู’ุณูŽุฎู ุขุฎูŽุฑููŠู†ูŽ

    ู‚ูุฑูŽุฏูŽุฉู‹ ูˆูŽุฎูŽู†ูŽุงุฒููŠุฑูŽ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ูŠูŽูˆู’ู…ู ุงู„ู’ู‚ููŠูŽุงู…ูŽุฉู

    โ€œSungguh, benar-benar akan ada di kalangan umatku sekelompok orang yang menghalalkan zina, sutera, khamr, dan alat musik. Dan beberapa kelompok orang akan singgah di lereng gunung dengan binatang ternak mereka. Seorang yang fakir mendatangi mereka untuk suatu keperluan, lalu mereka berkata, โ€˜Kembalilah kepada kami esok hari.โ€™ Kemudian Allah mendatangkan siksaan kepada mereka dan menimpakan gunung kepada mereka serta Allah mengubah sebagian mereka menjadi kera dan babi hingga hari kiamat.โ€[7]

    Jika dikatakan menghalalkan musik, berarti musik itu haram.

    Sekali lagi menasehati bukan bermaksud membuat pecah belah, namun nasehat adalah menghendaki muslim lain menjadi baik. Karena yang benar mesti dijelaskan, bukan didiamkan.

    Wallahu waliyyut taufiq.

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