Praise be to Allaah.
We were very
happy to read your introduction and what you say about your belief in
Allaah, may He be exalted, and that no matter how far you stray you come
back to Him with humbleness. This is a characteristic that befits the wise
who humble themselves before the greatness of their Lord, may He be blessed
and exalted, who are certain of their weakness and the greatness of their
need for Allaah to help them and guide them.
saddened by some of the phrases in your question, which we would not like to
hear from such a wise believer, but when we thought about how many people
there are who block the path of goodness, and how many there are who lead
people astray and propagate corruption, we felt that such things are to be
expected, but we are sure that they will soon cease.
One of the
things in your letter that saddened us was the fact that you listen to
music, and say that it is the best thing in your life, and that it helps you
to review yourself and your mistakes, and that you accuse Islam of
backwardness when you hear that music is haraam.
If you had
thought hard about these phrases and sentences before writing them, your
hand would never have written them and your lips would never had uttered
them. But you have written them and sent them so we must pause and examine
them, because of the duty of offering sincere advice that Allaah has
enjoined upon us, and so as not to conceal knowledge that Islam has
forbidden us to conceal.
1 – With
regard to music:
forbidden and is not permissible to play musical instruments or listen to
songs and tunes. The majority of scholars say that it is haraam, including
the four imams of fiqh: Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafa’i and Ahmad (may
Allaah have mercy on them all).
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Among my ummah there will be people who will regard as permissible
adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari
(5590). See also: al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani (91).
al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
indicates that musical instruments are haraam; this includes all types of
It is well
known that during the best three generations of which the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of generations
are my generation among whom I was sent, and the one that follows them, and
the one that follows them”, neither in the Hijaz nor in Syria nor in Yemen
nor in Iraq nor in Egypt nor in Khorasan was there anyone among the people
of goodness and religious commitment who would gather with others to listen
to this innovated type of singing for the purpose of purifying the hearts.
Hence it was regarded as makrooh by the imams such as Imam Ahmad and others,
and al-Shaafa’i regarded it as one of the innovations of the zindeeqs
(heretics) when he said: In Baghdad I left behind something that was
innovated by the zindeeqs who called it taghbeer (a type of singing) and
diverted the people from the Qur’aan thereby.
See also the
answer to question no. 5000 and
al-Qayyim said: If the zamr (a kind of pipe or flute),which is the
least evil of musical instruments, is haraam, then what about those which
are worse such as the ‘oud (a stringed instrument), tambour
(drum) and yaraa’ (a reed instrument)? No one who has had the
slightest whiff of knowledge should hesitate to regard them as haraam, and
the least that can be said is that they are the symbol of corrupt evildoers
and wine drinkers.
2 – With
regard to your saying that it is the best thing in your life, this is
something astounding. What about the Qur’aan? What about the hadeeths of the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? How can you prefer
the words of man to the words of Allaah, may He be exalted? How can you
think that musical instruments are better for your heart and soul and mind
than the words of Allaah, may He be exalted, and the words of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)?
may Allaah guide you and enlighten you – that the Qur’aan of the Most
Merciful and the “recitation” of the Shaytaan – namely songs – cannot be
joined together in the heart of the believer. You would not say that music
and songs are the best thing in your life unless you have been deprived of
the Qur’aan of the Most Merciful. Remember that the Shaytaan cannot make
songs and music attractive to you in your heart and in your life until after
he has turned you away from the Book of Allaah, may He be exalted. So you
have to hasten to set your heart aright and turn back from what you are
doing, so that you can strengthen your heart by obeying the Most Merciful
and His words, and humbling yourself before His rulings.
al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
meant is that forbidden songs are the “recitation” of the Shaytaan, because
when the enemy of Allaah wanted to bring together these wrongdoers, he
resorted to making music and musical instruments attractive to them, and if
it comes from a beautiful woman or a handsome boy, that is more likely to
make his “recitation” attractive to them, and to replace the joy of the
Glorious Qur’aan with the joy of listening to music.
3 – With
regard to your saying that music helps you to review yourself and your
mistakes, this is also very strange. What about reviewing yourself when you
wrote these words? Did you review yourself when you said “it is the best
thing in my life”? or that “Islam is backward if it forbids it”?
review yourself and your mistakes with music and then offer prayers on time,
or observe voluntary fasts, or pray at night when people are sleeping, or
uphold family ties, or spend your money for the sake of Allaah, or seek
Islamic knowledge? We are certain that music did not help you with these
things and that whatever you did of them, music was not the cause behind
that thinking of death, the grave, the meeting with Allaah and what Allaah
has prepared for the sinners is what makes the Muslim review himself time
after time, and improve his life for the better, and erase his sins and
mistakes from his life. You should be certain that if what you say had any
shred of truth, you would see the musicians and those who listen to music
among the best and most moral of people, but is that in fact the case?
4 – As for
your accusing Islam of being backward when you hear of the prohibition on
music, this is the most serious thing that you have said. You have read what
your Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said,
and you know what all the scholars, including the four imams, have said. So
all you have to do is be obedient to your Lord, may He be exalted, and
respond to the command of your Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him), following the way of goodness, knowledge and obedience that
was followed by the Sahaabah, Tabi’een and those who came after them. How
can you compare between the ruling of Allaah and your own reasoning? How can
you spurn the way that was followed by the best of mankind and follow a
different way that none of the righteous ever followed?
that the religion of Allaah does not follow the whims and desires of anyone.
Allaah is the One Who has created the universe and mankind, and He knows
what is best for them in this life and in the Hereafter, so He issues
commands and prohibitions for what is best for them in both realms.
We are happy
to learn that you are one of those who call people to this religion, and
that you are among those who pray and fast, but we wish you well and
whatever advice we give is that which is best for you. Carry on with your
worship and calling people to Islam, but beware of sin and beware of this
music and the immoral words that may accompany it. Songs generate hypocrisy
in the heart and make it sick; they do not guide to any good or forbid any
evil, on the contrary these songs promote love and haraam meetings, and even
if these instruments are not accompanied by words, they still make the heart
sick and do it no good.
given you something better than this, namely His Book, in which He speaks.
So read it and listen to it being read by readers whom Allaah has blessed
with beautiful voices, and you will see a great difference in your heart and
your life after that. Allaah has guided many people who were kuffaar after
they listened to the verses of the Qur’aan, and you are more deserving of
being guided in this manner than others.
You can also
listen to permissible nasheeds, which are filled with good words, wisdom and
exhortation, and you can enjoy listening to sounds that Allaah has created,
such as the sounds of birds and waves, for they are what still the heart,
not the sounds of musical instruments that Islam has forbidden us to use.
al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) discussed singing in detail in his
book Ighaathat al-Lahfaan min Masaa’id al-Shaytaan; try to get a copy
and read it, for you will find much useful material in it, in sha Allaah.
advice we can give you is to fear Allaah, may He be exalted, and to seek
knowledge from sound sources. Read Qur’aan a great deal and listen to it
being read by those who read it well. Turn to Allaah with du’aa’, asking Him
to set your affairs straight.
Allaah to guide you to all that is good.
is the Source of strength.