Is Music Forbidden in Islam?
Some Muslims believe that music is forbidden, but others say that music can promote spirituality. In fact, some Shia Muslims believe that music is the Qur’an of Satan. In addition to the aforementioned question, Islam does not explicitly ban the use of musical instruments. In addition, some Shias believe that music can be used to inspire spirituality and promote spiritual growth.
YUSUFALI: Music is Satan’s Qur’aan
If you can’t avoid music at all costs, there are ways to get it while maintaining a strict observance of Islamic sharia. One alternative is to play NASHEED (live sounds), which is permissible as long as the content is Islamic.
Music targets both the primitive and more advanced parts of the human mind. The Prophet of Islam even referred to bells as instruments that deviate the heart from Allah. In addition, modern technology used in playing music may be considered an instrument of Satan. But if the music is meant to cause fear and to influence the behavior of human beings, then the music can also be considered a weapon against Islam.
It is important to understand that music is not a form of worship but a secular form of entertainment. It causes imbalance in human faculties and reduces ethical values. It also causes a great deal of illness and harm to the human race. Moreover, it is harmful for the soul and aims to make a person less spiritual.
It also causes hardness of the heart and weakens Iman. It turns people’s hearts away from reading the Qur’an and practicing useful sciences. Furthermore, Shaytaan uses music to lure people into deception. It sways the hearts away from the Qur’an, causing them to be preoccupied with disobedience and transgression.
Musical instruments are haram
Islamic law does not forbid musical instruments but restricts their use in religious occasions. It is only allowed to play the instruments during the religious chants in accordance with the Quran. Musical instruments, like the guitar and the tambourine, are permitted during worship if the songs are of good words and don’t contain indecent language. However, there are some exceptions. One of these exceptions is the use of drum instruments.
Some Islamic scholars say that musical instruments are haram in Islam for several reasons. One of the main reasons for their ban is that they involve noise. People who make noise with instruments make themselves more prone to harming others. As a result, many Muslims avoid these sounds. However, some Muslims disagree and say that these instruments are okay.
In addition to this, music can be a powerful intoxicant. Although the Prophet Muhammad himself never explicitly stated that music is haram in Islam, some of his companions (Ali ibn Ahmad ibn Sa’id ibn Hazm) interpreted the Prophet’s words to be clear about this.
The Quran and Hadith do not forbid music, but a variety of music is prohibited. In addition, modern music is filled with bad ideas and messages that could lead to haram behavior.
Shia Muslims believe music can encourage spirituality
In Shia Islam, music plays a vital role in the spiritual life of a Muslim. Music is often associated with worship leaders, and can help individuals develop spiritual practices. It also has important social functions. When played at a gathering, music can bring people together. For example, a music concert can draw people to the mosque. But it can also lead to sinful behavior.
Music also attracts people to the physical world. Those who are drawn to music can engage in sexual acts, which are forbidden in Islam. These sins can harm others and themselves. Music lovers are often drawn to forbidden activities such as lust, sexual intercourse, and adultery. They will also begin to forget about their responsibilities to Allah and their life after death.
Generally, rap and hip-hop music are considered haram and therefore are not permitted in Islam. Rap and hip-hop music, for instance, can contain vulgar lyrics and include drum machines. These music groups are of no use to true Muslims, because they contain vulgar language, drugs, and alcohol.
The issue of music has been debated in various parts of the Muslim world, with both sides trying to convince the other. While this article will not address all possible arguments, it will give youth a sense of discernment when it comes to what is allowed and forbidden.