Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 11, 2010

Quotation on Music’s Impermissibility

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala Rasulullah

Some quotations that are very explicit on music’s being prohibited. The only opinion that states music is OK is for spiritual purposes, but that’s a minority of musical works and a minority opinion, and does not mean rap music is halal- if it makes you want to dance it probably isn’t spiritually conducive!

I also find another strong argument in the painful feeling in my heart when music is played.

These quotations however are pretty conclusive!

“Songs make hypocrisy grow in the heart just as water makes crops grow.” (Bayhaqi, Shu’ab al-Iman)

Commentary: Listening to [instrumental] music is clearly prohibited in Islam. Allah says, “And of mankind is he who pays for mere pastime of discourse, that he may mislead from Allah’s way without knowledge, and makes it the butt of mockery. For such there is a humiliating punishment.” (Quran 31:6). Many of the great exegetes of the Quran, such as Abdullah ibn Masud, Ibn Abbas, Ibn Umar, Ikrima, Maymun ibn Mahran, and Makhul state that this verse directly refers to singing. Imam Tirmidhi has narrated on the authority of Ali (radiallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wasalam) said, “When my nation adopts fifteen traits, trials will descend upon them– among these traits are taking to songstresses and musical instruments (Qurtubi, al-Jami’li akham al-Quran 14: 51-53).

In another verse, Allah Most High says, “And excite from them whom you can with your voice; make assaults on them with your cavalry and your infantry; mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them. But Satan promises them nothing but deceit.” (Quran 17:64) The great exegete Mujahid states that the reference to a satanic voice in this verse refers to singing, the flute and entertainment. Ibn Abbas radiallahu anhu states that this verse refers to all voices which invite toward disobedience (Al-Jami’li ahkam al-Quran).

-Taken from Zad-at-Talibin of al-Bulandshehri

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. Couldn’t that first verse of the Quran apply to so much more (i.e, Facebook, Youtube, television, movies) ? I’m guessing none of those things existed during the time of the commentators, but it seems to apply just as equally.

    Some music has a great ability to uplift and bring people back to the Truth.
    If you classify music as something prohibited because it can mislead, you should classify all those other forms of entertainment as such as well.

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