Why is music haraam in Islam?
When it comes to the topic of music, there are a lot of misconceptions and different opinions floating around. Some people believe that Islam forbids any form of music, while others think that certain types of music are haraam (forbidden).
So what does Islamic law actually say about music? In this article, we’ll explore the various arguments surrounding the issue and provide a closer look at why some Muslims believe that music is haraam.
What is the music?
The first thing we need to do is define what we mean by “music.” In general, music can be defined as any type of sound that has rhythm, melody, and harmony. This includes singing, but it also extends to instruments like the piano, guitar, drums, etc.
Some Muslims argue that anything that produces sound and has a rhythm is considered music, regardless of whether it includes singing or not. Others believe that only singing counts as music, while instrumental pieces are exempt. For the purpose of this article, we will use a broad definition of music and include both singing and instrumentals.
Is Music Haram in Islam?
In Islam, music is forbidden and impermissible. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty says in Surah Luqman.
: ”وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ یَشْتَرِیْ لَہْوَ الْحَدِیْثِ لِیُْضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِیْلِ اللّٰہِ بِغَیْرِ عِلْمٍ وَیَتَّخِذَہَا ہُزُوًْا اُولٰٓئِکَ لَہُمْ عَذَابٌ مُہِیْنٌ“
Hazrat Mujahid has taken the meaning of sound to play a song. Singing has been condemned in many hadiths.
The prohibition of music has been mentioned in authentic Ahadith. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“There will be people from my nation who will make permissible fornication, silk (for men), alcoholic drinks, and musical instruments.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah! What about the one who does that?” He said, “He will have a painful punishment.”
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) also said:
“From my nation, there will be people who permit adultery, silk (for men), alcoholic drinks, and musical instruments.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah! What about the one who does that?” He said: “He is the one who will have a painful punishment.”
There are many other Ahadith that mention the prohibition of music in Islam. Based on this Ahadith, it is clear that music is Haram in Islam.
It should be noted that some scholars are of the opinion that music is permissible if it is used for religious purposes such as Naats, etc. However, the majority of scholars are of the opinion that music is Haram in all cases. Therefore, it is best to avoid music altogether.
In conclusion, we can say that music is haram in Islam based on the evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah. It is best to avoid music altogether to be on the safe side. Those who listen to music should fear Allah and repent to Him. Allah knows best.