A Balanced Islamic View on Music and Singing


Bismillah.  Based largely on the book by Sh. ‘Abdullah Yusuf al-Juday’

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12 Responses to “A Balanced Islamic View on Music and Singing”

  1. Dustin Says:

    Does this mean that music could be used in any way for worship?

  2. Anisa Says:

    Thanks for the posting, looks like an interesting presentation.

    Can Muslims perform music in pubs and places where alcohol is sold?

    Are men and women encouraged to perform together in front of mixed audiences?

    I’ve been to some hip hop muslim events where the audience is boogeying and the performers make very suggestive movements and are worshipped by the audience, is this within the allowed form of music?

  3. Muhammad Says:

    Shaykh Usama Hasan,

    The whole presentation focuses on singing, poetry and the known forms of permissible music (Daff at weddings, eid, war etc). I felt you insufficiently mentioned music. The little bit you did mention music the end of every hadith you mentioned contradicted your point entirely. I was unsure if music is haram or halal. You have helped make me realise it is definitely haram.



  4. Abu Sufyaan Says:

    Assalaamu alaikum

    Jazakallah for the presentation – some contradictory views – is it not best in this case to follow the principle of leaving the doubtful matters? ie not declaring music haram but avoiding it as much as possible?

  5. Anisa Says:

    The other thing that really hit me about the debate was that even the scholars who allow music deemed it mukrah or disliked. I can’t see why anyone would push something like music if it is deemed mukruh.

    I really liked Murtaza’s outline of Imam Ghazali’s position and the series of conditions which he placed on music gatherings. I went away and read some of the Imam’s work on music and it hit me that it is almost impossible to meet the Imam’s conditions especially with the music we have today, he also makes it quite clear what his position is on women performing and this raises further questions.

    Would welcome your thoughts, it seems like we are having a more sensible discussion post debate than at the debate.

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  7. Aiishaa Says:

    Assalamu’ Alaikum

    Are you saying that Music is not haraam at all in Islam and that it is acceptable for sisters to perform in brothers likewise how brothers are allowed to perform infront of sisters?

    • Usama Hasan Says:

      wa ‘alaykum as-salam, Aiishaa. All the fatwa says is that music & song are like speech, and therefore allowed in principle. How one uses them is subject to normal rules of decency, family-friendly situations/arrangements etc., just as for talking.

  8. Aiishaa Says:

    sorry i meant infront of brothers*

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  10. Nureyni Nuur Says:

    Assalaam ‘Alaikum Ma sha’ Allaah very detailed explanation on the permissability of music and singing by the eminent Shaykh, but in all he’s talk every point he made I did not see proof based on Qur’an and Sunnah. Proofs should not be detailed speeches, for this leads to philosophical knowledge that is imparted ‘ilm al – Kalaam’ which is thru his understanding of the matter at hand.

    please refer:
    عَنْ نَافِعٍ مَوْلَى ابْنِ عُمَرَ قال : ” سَمِعَ ابْنُ عُمَرَ صَوْتَ زَمَّارَةِ رَاعٍ فَوَضَعَ إِصْبَعَيْهِ فِى أُذُنَيْهِ وَعَدَلَ رَاحِلَتَهُ عَنِ الطَّرِيقِ وَهُوَ يَقُولُ : يَا نَافِعُ أَتَسْمَعُ ؟ فَأَقُولُ : نَعَمْ ، قَالَ : فَيَمْضِى حَتَّى قُلْتُ : لاَ ، قَالَ : فَوَضَعَ يَدَيْهِ وَأَعَادَ الرَّاحِلَةَ إِلَى الطَّرِيقِ ، وَقَالَ : رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَسَمِعَ صَوْتَ زَمَّارَةِ رَاعٍ فَصَنَعَ مِثْلَ هَذَا ” .
    رواه أبو داود ( 4924 ) ، وصححه الألباني في ” تحريم آلات الطرب ” ( ص 116 ) .

    We have the saying of a Sahabi and when I say a Sahabi,he is from the fuqaha and in this hadeeth he is referring to the Prophet peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him’s saying; so do we take from our Shaykh or from the Sahabi who is telling us he heard from the Prophet peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, said?

    I would agree with him and accept the fatwa if it is completely accepted not by him alone but majority of eminent Scholars of our times not of in the west alone but the entire world.


    Nureyni Nuur

    • Usama Hasan Says:

      wa ‘alaykum as-salam. Thank you for your comment. The sheikh does comment on that hadith: he says that it shows disapproval, not prohibition, since Ibn ‘Umar RAA did not ask his companion to also block the sound with his fingers. was-salam

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