Music is one of the purest and most beautiful creations of Allah Almighty, who set the tone and rhythm of every sound in the universe. Music, or singing, like all the creations of Allah, constitutes an important part of our daily life, and can be lawfully used or maliciously abused. Both music and singing are created pure, and beautiful like our fresh air and fresh water, and they can be corrupted or polluted by evil-doers of every nationality, color or gender. The corruption of some music or songs does not make all the music or songs haram (prohibited) just like the pollution of some water or fresh air by some people will not deem all the water and air haram (prohibited).
The sincere Muslim who is following the Quran will not find in the Quran ANY PROHIBITION whatsoever against MUSIC OR SINGING. Allah is very specific and His commands are very clear regarding any prohibition given in the Quran. Allah, the Most Merciful, NEVER prohibited music or singing in the Quran. Any prohibition of music or singing that is talked about among some Muslims has no basis in the Quran. These prohibitions are innovations made up by some of the scholars and their followers who refuse to follow the clear commands in the Quran, and instead follow man made laws and books of Hadith and Sunna that contradict the Quran. Their teachings contradict simple common sense and insult the message of the Prophet Muhammad. These books of Hadith and Sunna were written over 200 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad himself followed and preached ONLY the Quran.
These scholars and their followers, who failed to accept Allah’s law in the Quran, looked for different kind of laws in the interpretation of Imams (leaders), Sahaba (companions) and Tabi’in (followers). They invented their own law and claimed that “Music and singing are haram.” Those who are confused in regards to Quran choose to follow the interpretation of these human idols and their laws, and disregard the clear laws of Allah in the Quran. We should always remember that Quran is the book that Allah calls COMPLETE, PERFECT and FULLY DETAILED,
Now to those who claim that music and singing are haram in Islam, let us ponder our universe and the way Allah created this world. While we might remember that Galileo once said, “Mathematics is the language in which Allah wrote the universe.” it may be fair enough to say that Music has been the voice of that universe.
Any keen observer of the universe will realize that the whole universe was created with music in every corner of it. Our talking, crying, laughing, singing, yelling or screaming are nothing but music. Our heart beats, bowel sounds, breath sounds, the sound of our blood flow or even our brain waves are but music. The birds, the animals, the trees, the oceans, the wind and the clouds are all created with their own music. Music is in every corner of our universe. With music in every thing around us, it is naive to think that the One Allah, who created all this music, prohibited it. Those who claim that Music and singing are haram lie about Allah and prohibit what Allah never did.
The human being was created, and given one of the most valuable gifts; a voice box. Which in reality is a music box? This voice box, or the larynx, is one important instrument that allows us to communicate with each other and with other creatures around us. Our arrival and departure to and from this world are celebrated with that special music, the cry of the newborn or the cry for the departing one. The arrival of the newborn to this life is announced by his/her scream, and is the best music to the mother’s ear. For the earlier months of the human being’s life, the only way of communication is through the music that his/her voice box makes until he/she learns the more sophisticated music that is called the speech-language. It is not surprising to find out that listening to a foreign language is like listening to music with different tones. Those who prohibit music do not understand their Islam, or the basic gifts in life that Allah gave them. The music that Allah put in our lives proves to us how wrong they are.
Some, after finding no proof in the Quran to prohibit music, (by their own admission), resort to the weaker sources one after another to try to prove what they could not find in the Quran. Those who refuse to accept the Quran as a complete book for this religion are led by Satan into inventing all kinds of laws from sources outside the Quran. In every verse used (to attempt to prove that music is haram), they usually end by concluding that the verse does not really prohibit music. Despite that, they never get the message that Allah DID NOT PROHIBIT MUSIC OR SINGING. They also failed to understand that prohibitive laws ONLY COME from Allah. When the Prophet Muhammad gave any prohibitions it was FROM THE QURAN ONLY, and was not from his own words. When the prophet Muhammad once tried to prohibit on his own, Allah admonished him publicly. (See 66:1).
Here are the verses that they claim to prohibit music and singing with few comments:
1- Allah addresses the disbelievers of the Quraish as follows,
“Do you marvel at this statement, and laugh and do not weep, while you amuse yourselves (proudly) in vanities? Rather, prostrate before Allah and worship Him.” (53:59-62)
Because of the expression “amuse yourselves” some twisted the words and the logic to make a conclusion that music and singing is what is meant here. They are missing the point and the meaning that is clear to any sincere believer. The word is general and indicates that any kind of amusement that keeps you from paying your duties to Allah is leading you to commit a sin. It does not make it haram or prohibited.
If you listen to music or singing and forget to do your prayers then you commit a sin, but music does not become haram. Remember that music is like air and water, it is not haram, but the way it is used in certain circumstances will control its status.
2- Allah addresses Satan thus;
“And excite any of them whom you can with your voice. Assault them with your cavalry and infantry, be a partner with them in their wealth and children, and make them promises. But Satan promises nothing but deceit” (17:64)
No intelligent human being can accept the voice here as pointing to music and singing. It is clear from this verse that there is no prohibition here. Many times they quote here Ibn Abbas as saying “the voice mentioned in the verse refers to any form of invitation which calls to disobedience of Allah.” If this form of invitation is “talking nicely” to someone to make him/her disobey Allah, this does not make “talking nicely” haram. If the invitation here is accompanied by music or singing, this does not make the music or singing haram, but rather it is the invitation to disobey Allah in any form that is haram. They do not like what Allah says in the Quran, but find nothing wrong in listening to Ibn Abbas even if they do not know who is Ibn Abbas is.
3- The third verse, and the one most often referred to as evidence of the prohibition of music and singing (according to them) is found is Sura Luqmaan.
“And there are among men those who purchase idle talk in order to mislead others from Allah’s path without knowledge, and those who throw ridicule upon it. For such there will be a humiliating punishment.” (31:6)
Again, like the previous verse, using the expression “idle-talk” (lahwal hadiths) to condemn music and singing is clearly corrupt. It only exposes the confused minds and hearts of those who do not understand that Allah does not run out of words and that Allah controls all the languages and will not leave guess work for us. We must not prohibit what He did not.
Idle-talk can be any form of talk, and not necessarily singing and music. There is usually more idle-talk calling on the people to disobey Allah, in forms other than singing and music. These should be considered first. Hadiths and Sunna books are full of fabrications and lies that should be considered as idle-talk, as they contradict the Quran and the true message of our beloved prophet Muhammad.
NOW THAT QURAN DOES NOT PROHIBIT MUSIC OR SINGING, these people looked for other idols to do this for them. They refused the law of the book that Allah called the Best Hadith (Quran). They refused to obey Allah in the Quran when He told them to follow no other hadith BUT the Quran for religious law.
A look at what they claimed as hadith of the prophet will show their misguidance and confusion. Here is an example of what people quote, and claim to the prophet, which is a clear lie. The Prophet cannot deviate from the Quran.
“The Prophet said, “There will be (at some future time) people from my
Ummah (community of Muslims) who will seek to make lawful: fornication, the wearing of silk by men, wine-drinking, and the use of musical instruments (ma’azif). Some people will stay at the side of a mountain and when their shepherd comes in the evening to ask them for his needs, they will say, ‘return to us tomorrow.’ Then Allah will destroy them during the night by causing the mountain to fall on them, while he changes others into apes and swine. They will remain in such a state until the Day of Resurrection. (related by Imam Al-Bukhari in Fat-hul Baari, graded sahih)
FIRST, Allah teaches us in the Quran that the Prophet Muhammad did not know the future. This will immediately expose the falsehood of this hadith and similar ones and expose the hypocrisy of those who claim to be Muslims but refuse to believe Allah in the Quran. Allah told them Muhammad did not know the future.
“Say (O Muhammad), “I have no power to benefit myself, or harm myself. Only what Allah wills happens to me. If I KNEW THE FUTURE, I would have increased my wealth, and no harm would have afflicted me. I am no more than a warner, and a bearer of good news for those who believe.” 7:188
“Say (O Muhammad), “I am not different from other messengers, I have NO IDEA what will happen to ME OR TO YOU. I ONLY follow what is revealed to me. I am NO MORE than a profound warner.” 46:9
SECOND, For the past 1400 years there have been millions who listened to music and songs without mountains falling on top of them or turning into apes and pigs. I guess we should rather be afraid that all these millions of people turning to their computers now will turn into pigs and monkeys because their computers have all kinds of music built in them. This only shows the non-sense rampant in these so called Hadith and Sunna books.
As I said before, Allah created the music in our universe like the air and water and many other provisions. We cannot prohibit the water because someone washes his dirty clothes in it and we cannot prohibit the air because someone smokes around us. Music is as pure as fresh water and fresh air. It is up to us to use it or abuse it. Music is one of the great provisions from Allah that we should be grateful for. We should use it and enjoy it like we enjoy all the other provisions. If you indulge in eating your favorite food or drinking your favorite juice to the point you do not have time to do all your other duties towards Allah, then you committing a sin. Your food and drinks would not become haram (prohibited). If you indulge in any kind of music or singing that occupy you to the point that you do not remember Allah or your duties towards Him, then you are committing a sin but the music itself would not become haram (prohibited). If someone sings a song encouraging corruption or misbehavior then listening to that song intentionally may be a sin but this does not make all singing haram (prohibited.) It is true that many of the song lyrics we hear these days are disturbing, but this does not make music or singing haram.
It does make these specific songs undesirable, and they should be avoided. We need to warn our children and loved ones of these bad songs and bad lyrics, but we should not prohibit what Allah never did; prohibit music or singing. We will not stop our children from reading books, newspapers, or magazines because some one produced a pornographic book, newspaper, or magazine We will tell them and warn them about these bad books or magazines. We will never stop our children from watching TV or videos because some people produce bad movies, programs, or videos. If they do, they will miss all these great programs, movies, and videos that teach them to appreciate Allah, and His creation. We will instead teach them to choose the right programs.
Those who really appreciate music and the beautiful voices that Allah created, are more appreciative of Allah’s creations and closer to Allah than those who prohibit what Allah did not and see evil in every beautiful creation of Allah.
“Say, “Who prohibited the nice things Allah has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?” Say,” such provisions are to be enjoyed in THIS life by those who BELIEVE. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of resurrection.” We thus explain the revelations for people who know.” 7:32 (QURAN)
MUSIC AND SINGING WERE NEVER PROHIBITED BY ALLAH. They are part of the most beautiful creations of Allah. As long as they do not call on the people or encourage them to commit sins, they are for the TRUE BELIEVERS TO ENJOY, while steadfastly remembering Allah with every beautiful note or rhythm. Those who prohibit what Allah never did in the Quran will be surprised on the Last Day when the messenger of Allah will complain to Allah about them. (See 25:30).