To the people of singing

Since 2012-11-18

Dear Muslim brother, you may ask "What are the Quranic and prophetic evidences of prohibiting music and singing?" Therefore, these are the clear evidences from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger peace be upon him...

 

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

O Muslim brother, who has believed in Allah as the true God, in Islam as the true religion, and in Muhammad, peace be upon him, as a messenger; know that the Muslim is obliged to surly know that he is a true obedient to his Lord. May Allah guide us all to the righteous path.

The Muslim must be sure that he glorifies Allah by his obedience; therefore he always is where his Lord has ordered him to be, and he never is where He almighty prevented him. He is shy of his Lord, refrains doing the evil deed if he is reminded by Allah. When he is called to Allah and His messenger to judge between them, he would say: “We hear and we obey” as Allah almighty says: “The only statement of the [true] believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say, "We hear and we obey." And those are the successful.” [An-nur 24:51]


{إِنَّمَا كَانَ قَوْلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذَا دُعُوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَرَسُولِهِ لِيَحْكُمَ بَيْنَهُمْ أَن يَقُولُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۚ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ}
النور: 51

Transliteration: Innama kana qawla almumineena itha duAAoo ila Allahi warasoolihi liyahkuma baynahum an yaqooloo samiAAna waataAAna waolaika humu almuflihoona

Dear Muslim brother, know that music and singing are among the Satan’s most dangerous ways for straying the servants of Allah. They have become very common till many people believed that whoever thinks that music and singing are prohibited is fogy backward fanatic person! Music became very familiar because it is heard in all the houses (through the radio and TV stations) schools, roads and cars. Nowadays, there are schools for teaching Music! Unfortunately, the ignorant Muslims who get graduated from these schools do not know that the money they gain from Music is illegal.

Dear Muslim brother, you may ask “What are the Quranic and prophetic evidences of prohibiting music and singing?” Therefore, these are the clear evidences from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger peace be upon him:

The Quranic evidences of prohibiting the musical instruments:

The first evidence: Allah almighty said to the Satan and his party: “And incite [to senselessness] whoever you can among them with your voice and assault them with your horses and foot soldiers and become a partner in their wealth and their children and promise them." But Satan does not promise them except delusion.” [Al-‘Isra’ 17:64]


{وَاسْتَفزِزْ مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ مِنْهُم بصَوْتِكَ وَأَجْلِبْ عَلَيْهِم بِخَيْلِكَ وَرَجِلِكَ وَشَارِكْهُمْ فِي الأوْلادِ وَعِدْهُمْ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلاَّ غُرُورًا}
الإسراء: 64

Transliteration: Waistafziz mani istataAAta minhum bisawtika waajlib AAalayhim bikhaylika warajlika washarikhum fee alamwali waalawladi waAAidhum wama yaAAiduhumu alshshaytanu illa ghurooran

Mujahid bin Jubair, the imam of the Quran interpreters in his period, said: “The voice of Satan is singing, flutes, idle talks and void.”

The second evidence: Allah almighty says: “And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment.” [Luqman 31:6]


{وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُوْلَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ}
لقمان: 6

Transliteration: Wamina alnnasi man yashtaree lahwa alhadeethi liyudilla AAan sabeeli Allahi bighayri AAilmin wayattakhithaha huzuwan olaika lahum AAathabun muheenun

Bin Masoud, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The idle talk is the music.” Bin Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him and his father too, said: “This verse is talking about the singing and its like.”

Al-Wahedy said: “The people of exegesis said that this includes whoever prefers the idle talk, singing, flutes, and the musical instruments over the Holy Quran.”

Bin Al-Qayim said: “Every person loves the singing and music is strayed from the righteous path (in knowledge and practice) and prefers to listen to the singing more than listening to the Holy Quran. If he has given the choice to listen to the Holy Quran or the singing, he would prefer to listen to the singing, and he would feel that listening to the Holy Quran is hard.”

Evidences of prohibiting the singing from the sayings of the messenger of Allah peace be upon him:

The first Hadeeth: Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that he heard the messenger of Allah, peace be upon him says: “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.” [Bukhari]


‹‹ليكونن من أمتي أقوام ، يستحلون الحر والحرير ، والخمر والمعازف ، ولينزلن أقوام إلى جنب علم ، يروح عليهم بسارحة لهم ، يأتيهم - يعني الفقير - لحاجة فيقولوا : ارجع إلينا غدا ، فيبيتهم الله ، ويضع العلم ، ويمسخ آخرين قردة وخنازير إلى يوم القيامة››
رواه البخاري

This Hadeeth is one of the clearest evidences of prohibiting the musical instruments (e.g. cello, guitar, piano …etc,). The prophet, peace be upon him, mentioned using the musical instruments with the illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk and the drinking of alcoholic drinks. The prophet, peace be upon him, told that there will be people (from among his followers) consider them legal, and that had occurred. This is an evidence of its being prohibited.

The second Hadeeth: The messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “I have been prevented two foolish licentious voices: one during the occurrence of grace, and it is the idle talk, playing, and Satan’s flutes; and another during the occurrence of disaster, and it is scratching oneself face, tearing clothes, and the Satan’s tone.” [Declared authentic by Al-Albani]


‹‹لم أنه عن البكاء ، إنما نهيت عن صوتين أحمقين فاجرين ، صوت عند نغمة مزمار شيطان و لعب ، و صوت عند مصيبة ، خمش وجوه ، و شق جيوب ، و رنة الشيطان...››
صححه الألباني

In this Hadeeth the prophet, peace be upon him, called the singing a foolish licentious voice, and called the musical instruments the instruments of the Satan. Bin Taimya, the Sheikh of Islam may Allah mercy him, said: “This Hadeeth is one of the best evidences of prohibiting the singing.”

The third Hadeeth: Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the prophet peace be upon him said: “In this nation, there will be Khasf (landslides swallow people), Qathf (falling of stones from the sky) and metamorphosis. This would occur when they drink alcoholics, have singers and use the musical instruments.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]


‹‹ليكونن في هذه الأمة خسف و قذف و مسخ ، و ذلك إذا شربوا الخمور ، و اتخذوا القينات ، و ضربوا بالمعازف››
صحيح الألباني

In this Hadeeth; the prophet, peace be upon him, warns the nation from drinking alcoholics, having singers and playing the musical instruments considering them legal. He declares that if people did so, Allah almighty would punish them with three sentences:

· Khasf (landslides swallow people),
· Qathf (falling of stones from the sky) and
· Metamorphosis

What the prophet, peace be upon him, warned us from had already occurred. Alcoholics had been drunk, the musical instruments had been used, and parties for the singers (males and females, Muslims and Christians worshipping the cross) had been announced. Hence, would we later blame ourselves, if Allah’s wrath and punishment (Khasf, Qathf or metamorphosis) occurred?

The third Hadeeth: Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the prophet peace be upon him said: “There are two cursed voices in this life and in the hereafter; the voice of a flute when a grace occurs, and a scream when a disaster occurs.” [Declared Hasan (good) by Al-Albani]


‹‹صوتان ملعونان في الدنيا والآخرة: مزمار عند نعمة ، ورنة عند مصيبة››
حسنه الألباني

In this Hadeeth; the prophet, peace be upon him, cursed the voice of the flute. This means that it is prohibited and the same is applicable to all the musical instruments.

Dear Muslim brother,

After knowing the very clear evidences (from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger peace be upon him) of the prohibition of the music and singing, what are you going to do?

Will you answer the call of Allah and His messenger peace be upon him? Allah almighty says: “O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life” [Al-Anfal 8:24]


{يَا أَيُّهَا الذينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلهِ وَللرَّسُولِ إذَا دَعَاكُمْْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ}
الأنفال: 24

Transliteration: Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo istajeeboo lillahi walilrrasooli itha daAAakum lima yuhyeekum

If you answered the call, it would be an evidence for your true believing in Allah; because Allah almighty says: “And He answers [the supplication of] those who have believed and done righteous deeds” [Ash-Shura 42:26]


{وَيْستَجِيبُ الذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ}
الشوري: 26

Transliteration: Wayastajeebu allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati

However, if you did not answer, then you are bewared by Allah. He almighty says: “So let those beware who dissent from the Prophet's order, lest fitnah strike them or a painful punishment.” [An-Nur 24:63]


{فَلْيَحْذَرِ الذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِ تُصِيبَهُمْ فِتْنَةٌ أوْ يُصِيبَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ}
النور: 63

Transliteration: falyahthari allatheena yukhalifoona AAan amrihi an tuseebahum fitnatun aw yuseebahum AAathabun aleemun

Note: Dear Muslim brother, know that when Allah almighty prohibits something, He also prohibits its price, selling it and everything connected to it. Abu-Dawud narrated that the prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When Allah prohibits something; he prohibits its price too.” [Declared authentic by Al-Albani]


‹‹إن الله إذا حرم شيئاً حرم ثمنه››
صحيح الألباني

Therefore, it is not allowed to sell the musical instruments or the musical parties’ tickets; especially those parties where there is a mix between men and women, or where women sing dressed but appear to be naked (sometimes they are Christians). Imam Muslim, may Allah mercy him, narrated that the prophet peace be upon him said: “Two are the types of the denizens of Hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of the ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline towards it. Their heads would be like the humps of the bukht camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Paradise and they would not smell its odor whereas its odor would be smelt from such and such distance.”

‹‹صنفان من أهل النار لم أرهما. قوم معهم سياط كأذناب البقر يضربون بها الناس . ونساء كاسيات عاريات مميلات مائلات . رؤوسهن كأسنمة البخت المائلة . لا يدخلن الجنة ولا يجدن ريحها . وإن ريحها لتوجد من مسيرة كذا وكذا››
رواه مسلم

Dear Muslim brother, know that the money that is gained from the parties of music and singing is illegal and Allah destroys it and does not bless it. The messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “O Kaab bin Agura, the blood and flesh that are grown up from prohibited money, would not enter paradise; the hellfire has the priority of taking it.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

‹‹يا كعب بن عجرة! إنه لا يدخل الجنة لحم ودم نبتا على سحت ؛ النار أولى به ، يا كعب بن عجرة! ...››
صححه الألبانى

I invoke Allah almighty to make us among those who listen to the word and follow the best thereof, and I invoke him to make us adhere to the right.

Written by: Muhammad Abdurrahman Al-Kus

Islamic Heritage Revival Society



Translated by Wathakker.info website

 

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