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It's not. It's only haraam if it's suitable for dancing or other haram activities - which is most music but not all. Some nasheeds contain music, but they're not haram.

But what if you dance only inside your home for entertainment for your husband? Is it haram then?

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A little thesis i wrote about my tango with music in another post. i think sometimes it is stronger to use logic to better understand the reasoning behind a matter being useful or harmful for us..

My first experiences with music was when i was real young, about 6 years or so. I remember the first song that truly captured my heart strings was a song called 'right here waiting for you'. it sounded so... i dunno, selfless. that someone will wait till the end of times for the one they love. naturally i didn't understand what love meant at such a young age, but the idea of devoting yourself for someone felt right to me, even at 6

my parents obviously didn't really listen to music, and so the little influence i had with music was from tv/movies/school. this influence was minimal till about the age of 13. that's when everything changed. suddenly everything in the world looked different, and i had this extremely strong urge to start growing up super quick, and giving up my childish ways (later on did i understand that's the whacky world of hormones acting on a teen).

suddenly music was part and parcel of my everyday life. when walking or exercising, i'd listen to a walkman (remember those?), at home before bed, i'd play the radio. i felt a need to express myself, but i couldn't find the words. i felt these songs, were putting in words what i was feeling in my heart. There was an emptiness, that wasn't being filled by family, friends, or any other aspect of my life. these songs were speaking out to me, it was like every lyric of the song was written for me and only me.. i can still remember the lyrics of a bryan adams song i listened to many years ago, 'the saddest song you ever heard, the most you said with just one word. the lonliest prayer you ever prayed. the truest vow you ever made. what makes you laugh what makes you cry. what gets you up what gets you by. your highest high your lowest low. these are the things i wanna know'.... it was these kinds of lyrics, that had such a hold on me

and i was, i guess in every meaning of the term, addicted to music. psychology has shown, that music addiction can be just as strong as alcohol or drug addiction, and perhaps even more powerful. everywhere i went, i felt a need to listen to something. going to the gym, i played my music on the gym system. jogging on the corniche, i'd have a walkman/mp3 stuck in my ears. everytime i needed to make an important decision, i'd listen to music first, and the problem with that is music will make you end up taking an emotional decision for every action you take, as opposed to a rational decision. it made me go down roads i shouldn't have been taking, because it stimulated my emotions constantly.. one of those roads was in regards to a girl, the first girl i truly i had feelings for, when i was 16, and by taking that road i ended up doing ridiculous things, including entering a competition that got me the title of the most romantic person in the UAE for 2003

When i turned 18 and was in my first year in medical school, as well as in ireland, i reached the first stage of my life where i truly started to question my purpose in life, and did my research into theology/religion. that in itself is a whole other story, but when it came to music, i realised one truth. the idea music tries to bring forward, of falling in love and devoting yourself completely to that love, is not wrong in itself. the context however, was wrong. music was trying to convince the masses that love is essentially what is shown to other people, and sometimes even petty things like wealth/estates/power. i began to realise, the more i learned about Allah سبحانه وتعالى, that the love i had in my heart, all those lonely nights, was because i was not returned the love in this heart back to The One who put it here in the first place. that was when i saw mainstream music for what it really was, an art which distracted me from achieving the true goal of my life, and experiencing the love i was always looking for all that time.

Thanks for sharing this. Very thoughtful.

Did you continue to listen (perhaps to a lesser extent) after reassessing the role of music in your life and giving it perspective?

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i clearly understand why music is haraam and its too late for that specific time i have wasted.

i was badly addicted to music but now i think that i cd have utilised my precious time. i wish i cd reverse my life and atleast erase musical hours of my life.

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Why is music Haraam? Check out the following ahadith, you'll find them quite scary...

1 – Muhammad b. Ya`qub from Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from al-Husayn b. Sa`id from Ibrahim b. Abi ‘l-Bilad from Zayd the oil vendor. He said: Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام said: The house of singing is not secure from calamity, and the appeal is not answered in it, and the angel does not enter it.

4 – And from Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from Mu`ammar b. Khallad from Abu ‘l-Hasan ar-Rida عليه السلام. He said: I went out and I wanted to (see) Dawud b. `Isa b. `Ali. And he used to lodge in Bi’r Maymun. And there were two rough garments upon me. So I met an elderly woman and there were two slave girls with her. So I said: O elder, are you selling these two slave girls? So he said: Yes, but I will not sell them to the like of you. I said: And why? She said: Because one of them is a songstress and the other is a pipe player (- al-hadith)

Read more at http://www.*******.org/hadiths/trade/means-of-earning/chapter-99

Check out hadith #18. These ahadith basically knock out 98% of music out there, because some of the main instruments are forbidden.

As for the remaining 2%, well it's better to be cautious and not listen to ANY kind of music, in my opinion.

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It's not. It's only haraam if it's suitable for dancing or other haram activities - which is most music but not all. Some nasheeds contain music, but they're not haram.

A little thesis i wrote about my tango with music in another post. i think sometimes it is stronger to use logic to better understand the reasoning behind a matter being useful or harmful for us..

My first experiences with music was when i was real young, about 6 years or so. I remember the first song that truly captured my heart strings was a song called 'right here waiting for you'. it sounded so... i dunno, selfless. that someone will wait till the end of times for the one they love. naturally i didn't understand what love meant at such a young age, but the idea of devoting yourself for someone felt right to me, even at 6

my parents obviously didn't really listen to music, and so the little influence i had with music was from tv/movies/school. this influence was minimal till about the age of 13. that's when everything changed. suddenly everything in the world looked different, and i had this extremely strong urge to start growing up super quick, and giving up my childish ways (later on did i understand that's the whacky world of hormones acting on a teen).

suddenly music was part and parcel of my everyday life. when walking or exercising, i'd listen to a walkman (remember those?), at home before bed, i'd play the radio. i felt a need to express myself, but i couldn't find the words. i felt these songs, were putting in words what i was feeling in my heart. There was an emptiness, that wasn't being filled by family, friends, or any other aspect of my life. these songs were speaking out to me, it was like every lyric of the song was written for me and only me.. i can still remember the lyrics of a bryan adams song i listened to many years ago, 'the saddest song you ever heard, the most you said with just one word. the lonliest prayer you ever prayed. the truest vow you ever made. what makes you laugh what makes you cry. what gets you up what gets you by. your highest high your lowest low. these are the things i wanna know'.... it was these kinds of lyrics, that had such a hold on me

and i was, i guess in every meaning of the term, addicted to music. psychology has shown, that music addiction can be just as strong as alcohol or drug addiction, and perhaps even more powerful. everywhere i went, i felt a need to listen to something. going to the gym, i played my music on the gym system. jogging on the corniche, i'd have a walkman/mp3 stuck in my ears. everytime i needed to make an important decision, i'd listen to music first, and the problem with that is music will make you end up taking an emotional decision for every action you take, as opposed to a rational decision. it made me go down roads i shouldn't have been taking, because it stimulated my emotions constantly.. one of those roads was in regards to a girl, the first girl i truly i had feelings for, when i was 16, and by taking that road i ended up doing ridiculous things, including entering a competition that got me the title of the most romantic person in the UAE for 2003

When i turned 18 and was in my first year in medical school, as well as in ireland, i reached the first stage of my life where i truly started to question my purpose in life, and did my research into theology/religion. that in itself is a whole other story, but when it came to music, i realised one truth. the idea music tries to bring forward, of falling in love and devoting yourself completely to that love, is not wrong in itself. the context however, was wrong. music was trying to convince the masses that love is essentially what is shown to other people, and sometimes even petty things like wealth/estates/power. i began to realise, the more i learned about Allah سبحانه وتعالى, that the love i had in my heart, all those lonely nights, was because i was not returned the love in this heart back to The One who put it here in the first place. that was when i saw mainstream music for what it really was, an art which distracted me from achieving the true goal of my life, and experiencing the love i was always looking for all that time.

Why is music Haraam? Check out the following ahadith, you'll find them quite scary...

1 – Muhammad b. Ya`qub from Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from al-Husayn b. Sa`id from Ibrahim b. Abi ‘l-Bilad from Zayd the oil vendor. He said: Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام said: The house of singing is not secure from calamity, and the appeal is not answered in it, and the angel does not enter it.

4 – And from Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from Mu`ammar b. Khallad from Abu ‘l-Hasan ar-Rida عليه السلام. He said: I went out and I wanted to (see) Dawud b. `Isa b. `Ali. And he used to lodge in Bi’r Maymun. And there were two rough garments upon me. So I met an elderly woman and there were two slave girls with her. So I said: O elder, are you selling these two slave girls? So he said: Yes, but I will not sell them to the like of you. I said: And why? She said: Because one of them is a songstress and the other is a pipe player (- al-hadith)

Read more at http://www.tashayyu....ning/chapter-99

Check out hadith #18. These ahadith basically knock out 98% of music out there, because some of the main instruments are forbidden.

As for the remaining 2%, well it's better to be cautious and not listen to ANY kind of music, in my opinion.

Thanks to all of u for sharing this with me. It was really helpful and made me understand more about this issue ;)

I have usually heard from some elders that music is haraam when the lyrics r about behaviors that r haraam and if the music makes u do haraam actings.

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Like any other kind of recreational drug or alcohol or nicotine, music too that’s produced for pure entertainment is a powerful drug -a kind of escapism to spirit us away from the harsh realities of life - an enjoyable way to appease creeping boredom, which is why we are told to stay away from it.

Once we begin using it as a crutch, we become helplessly hooked on it, thus taking us away from our responsible selves and letting the devil move in.

And, just like the constant craving for ever stronger and more potent doses, once we become addicted to psychotic drugs culminates in our psychological, spiritual and physical downfall, so it is the same with such kind of music.

We are all familiar with the wisdom that bad company could potentially lead to the moral corruption of the most virtuous minded person.

It takes someone with a whole lot of willpower and self–discipline to resist the lure of pleasure, and not allow it to completely enslave them – but such people being rare, we are collectively admonished to stay away from from such vacuous examples of entertainment.

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Thanks for sharing this. Very thoughtful.

Did you continue to listen (perhaps to a lesser extent) after reassessing the role of music in your life and giving it perspective?

Actually zahratul Islam, i didn't see the need to listen to mainstream music anymore. even when i walk by a shop in the mall and hear songs from the likes of rihanna or maroon 5, the words now sound to me like a lot of empty nothings. Islam paints a real picture of what mainstream singers are, painters of deception. they talk about overwhelming love, but if you look at their lives in gossip magazines (not that i'm telling anyone to waste their lives reading Hello and OK magazines), you will find their love and family lives to be anything but peaches and cream.

Musical instrumentation can be a powerful tool in remembering God when used in the right context. Watch this movie, first without sound, and then with sound, to understand what i mean...

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You will be surprised there is difference of opinion on music, check with your Marja. Music is good and bad, depends how it's used.

Good:

Make sure you have music playing for at least a little while every day; while any music is good, research has found that classical music is especially stimulating to the intellect.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/nervous-system/how-to-improve-your-memory1.htm

I would recommend Mozart and Pachelbel (Canon D) to get you started.

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Salam Aleikum!

Fifteenth Greater Sin: Music

Playing instruments of music is a Greater Sin. It is Harām to play instruments like guitar, piano, tambourine, drums etc. Listening to music is also a Greater Sin. Music as a Greater sin is reported by Fazl ibn Shazān from Imam ‘Aliar-Riďa (a.s.):

And to be engrossed in musical instruments is also a Greater Sin.

All the Mujtahids are unanimous in their opinion that the manufacture, sale and purchase of musical instruments is Harām and the income derived from musical activity is also Harām. The transactions involving these (instruments) are invalid. It is Harām even to keep instruments of music in one’s possession. It is obligatory to destroy them. This is revealed in a lengthy tradition of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) as recorded in the book “Tohafful Uqūl”. Similarly, Shaykh Hurr al-Āmili records the following tradition from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.):

The Almighty Allah has prohibited the manufacture of all such things that are exclusively used in Harām ways; and things that only create evil like pipe, flute, chess and all types of instruments of gambling, images, statues. The manufacture of all such articles is Harām.”

Imam (a.s.) concluded, “Then even learning to sing or play music and teaching it, to sing and play music, to be paid for these things or to be in any way engrossed in these vices is Harām.

Music, According to the Traditions

Some more traditions prohibiting music are given below.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) reports from the Holy Prophet (S) that he said:

“I prohibit for you dancing and playing flute, drums and tabla.”

(al-Kāfi)

The Holy Prophet (S) has also said,

“The Almighty Allah has sent me as a mercy to the worlds, to guide the people. And He ordered me to eradicate the playing of flute and other instruments of music, all games of vice, idol (worship) and all practices of the days of ignorance.”

(Mustadrak ul-Wasa’il, Chapter 79)

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) says,

“A person who has received blessings from Allah and while having these blessings, he plays flute. It is as if he has been thankless of the blessings.”

(Wasa’il ul-Shia)

Every moment of our lives, we are enjoying Allah (S.w.T.)’s unlimited benevolence.

Music Causes Shamelessness and Hypocrisy

The Sixth Imam (a.s.) has also stated,

“The playing of violin promotes the growth of hypocrisy in the heart like water assists the growth of vegetation (algae).”

(Wasa’il ul-Shia)

Imam (a.s.) also says,

“If drums and cymbals are played at one’s house for forty days, Allah will impose a satan by the name of ‘faqandir’. The satans will infiltrate into every cell of the person’s body. With the spread of this evil, the person loses all sense of dignity and self-esteem. He will then not care as to what he says or what is said about him. Then, this satan blows into this person. As a result, he becomes utterly shameless. So mush so that he is not concerned or affected even if his women are dishonoured.”

(Wasa’il ul-Shia)

It is usually observed that the people in whose homes music is played with regularity either using musical instruments or by radio or cassettes are absolutely shameless and wanton.

Musician and the Song

Muadda Ibn Ziyad says, “I was in the company of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) when a person said, “When I go to the toilet, I can hear the singing girls of my neighbour. Sometimes, I remain (in toilet) longer so that I may listen to more of it.”

Imam (a.s.) said:

“Desist from listening to music and songs attentively.”

Then this man further said, “Master, I do not go to music gatherings! I only hear the sounds!”

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said,

“Have you not read this Qur’anic verse...

“Surely, the hearing and the sight and the heart, all of these shall be questioned about that?”

(Surah al-‘Isrā’, 17:36)

The man replied, “I was not aware of this ayat. I regret my actions. I shall not do so in the future. I repent for my past sins and I seek forgiveness from my Lord.”

Seeing his condition, Imam (a.s.) said,

“Get up ! Go and perform ghusl and offer Salāt and pray for forgiveness. You have certainly been involved in a deadly sin and a terrible situation. You have repented for it and I thank Allah for that; and I seek forgiveness of Allah for all those things that He dislikes. Certainly, Allah only dislikes the evil things. Leave the evil things to the evil people because there are different people suitable for different things.”

(al-Kāfi Chapter of Music)

Divine Bounties (Barakat) are Removed

Amir ul-Mu’minīn ‘Ali (a.s.) says,

“Angels do not even enter a house that has wine, drum, tambourine or a flute. Even the prayers of the inhabitants of this house are unacceptable. They are deprived of barakat.”

(Wasa’il ul-Shia)

Hazrat Imam ‘Ali ar-Riďa (a.s.) has said,

“To listen to a musical instrument is one of the Greater Sins.”

(Mustadrak ul-Wasa’il)

The Blackened Face of the Musician

The Holy Prophet (S) has stated,

“A person who possesses a sitar, on the day of Qiyāma will be raised with a black face. His hands will be holding a sitar of fire. Seventy thousand angels with maces of fire will be hitting him on the face and the head. The singer will arise from his grave, blind, deaf and dumb. The adulterer will be similarly raised. The player of flute will also be made to rise in this way as will be the drum player.”

(Mustadrak ul-Wasa’il)

It means that all such people will appear on the field of “Mahshar” (on the day of reckoning) as blind, deaf and dumb.

A House Where Music is Played for Forty Days

Hazrat Imam ‘Ali ar-Riďa (a.s.) remarks,

“A person invites Divine wrath when in his house instruments like flute, drum and chess are played for forty days. If this man dies within these forty days, his death would be of a sinner and a transgressor. His place shall be in Hell. And what a dreadful place it is!”

(Mustanad al Taraqi)

Music and the Last Period of Time

The traditions concerning the signs of the last stage before the Zuhūr of our Imam (a.s.) mention music:

“And you shall see that music will be so prevalent that no one will dissuade others nor will he find in himself the need to do so. And you shall see that music would be openly played even in the two sanctuaries (the city of Makkah and Madinah).”

(Mustanade Naraqi)

This is what we see in the present age where obscene music is openly played in the markets, on the streets, in shops and houses and even cars and no one bothers to prevent it!

So far we have mentioned the punishment of the hereafter for the sin of playing or listening to music. Now, we shall discuss the evils of music that affect life on earth. These evils too are numerous. Scholars have compiled complete books on this subject. For example we have the following books in Persian, “Munazrah Doctor-o-Pīr”, “Balahaī Ijtemai”, “Mausīqi-o-Islam”, etc.

Effects of Music on the Nervous System

Expert Doctors, Scientists and biologists have defined two types of nerves, the principal nerves and the arterial nerves. The principal nerves stretch from the neck to all vital organs. The arterial nerves spread from the main nerves to all parts of the body. The secondary nerves are connected to outward parts of the body and convey the messages to the brain. When the veins enlarge the blood pressure decreases. Due to the shrivelling of blood vessels, the blood pressure increases. When the blood pressure varies at different parts of the body it affects the health.

When the secondary nerves work they produce heat whereas the functioning of the central nerves produces the opposite effect. It is due to these nerves that feelings of sloth, sleep, thoughtlessness, forgetfulness, grief, sorrow, fainting, unconsciousness and even death occur. Obviously, when music can affect various nerves, it can give rise to various maladies. Mental diseases as well as physical ailments can occur. These mental effects can destroy man’s reasoning capacity. It is for this reason that one who listens to music is unable to perform work that can be accomplished by a sane person.

Music creates vibrations in the body and these are conveyed to all the parts of the body through the nervous system. As a result of this, indigestion occurs. Music affects the heart in such a way that the heartbeats become irregular. The blood pressure goes awry. All such ailments make a person permanently ill. Consequently, even modern medical science, in spite of its astonishing progress, fails in such a situation. Sometimes, the music is so intense that the listeners lose their sanity. They become dumb and various kinds of mental diseases occur. In places where music is more prevalent, we find that there are more neurotic illnesses. It is for this reason that more mental hospitals are to be found in Europe and America.

Dr. Adlen writes against music, “Even though it seems pleasant, the effect of music is profound upon the nervous system. Especially, when the temperature is high, the ill effect of music is more. This is the reason that ill effects of music are more in the hot areas of Iran and Saudi Arabia. The American people are so disgusted with the bane of music that they have united to demand from the senate a permanent ban on music. It is a pity that the whole world clearly perceives the evils of music and yet adopts music as entertainment.”

Source: "Greater Sins; the Complete Book" by Ayatullah Abdul Husayn Dastaghaib Shirazi http://www.al-islam...._sins_complete/

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But what if you dance only inside your home for entertainment for your husband? Is it haram then?

if is to your spouse then it is allowed, in a closed environment and willing,

but getting back to music, its based on preception, it is forbidden,for good reason, leason to heavy metal rock, does it make you angry?, rap- do you feel pumped or angry?,the blues- do you feel pious and calm,hip hop- feel like dancing or lightingment of your mood?

see how it affects your emotion, music is like a drug but for me i choose to remember whats inportant, istead of haram this and haram that, ruling my life, god gave you sence, your human we make mistakes just dont go overboard.

i listen to music helps me when i need it, but dont go crazy over it cause if you did dont bother going to the mall,listening to the radio, hell dont even watch tv, without music what the hell is a tv show or a movie?

and i know for a fact that most people wont give up their precious tv.

Edited by A_Ali

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Ruling on Songs by M.H. Fadlallah

part (1)

In an Interview with Elaph, a Saudi Electronic

Newspaper, Sayyed Mohammad Hussein

Fadlullah, stated that the woman’s voice is not a

“Awra” (something that should be veiled having

the same ruling as the parts of the body) and

singing is not prohibited.

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Mohammad

Hussein Fadlullah considers that “singing” is not

a prohibited act in case it does not harm in its

contents the profound intellectual and humane

values and in case it is accompanied by a high-

class music. His Eminence also considers that

the songs that glorify the tyrants and the vicious

regimes are prohibited like what is happening in

many Arab countries where some singers praise

their leaders because they are afraid of their

tyranny or to flatter them. In a special general

interview with Elaph newspaper, Sayyed

Fadlullah gave the final word concerning the

issue of the woman's voice declaring that he

does not consider it a "Awra"(something that

should be veiled having the same ruling as the

parts of the body). Moreover, he deemed it

permissible for a woman to sing in case the

song's meanings are sublime, citing the

experience of the Iranian government as

evidence, where the media broadcasts songs. His

Eminence draws a general line in prohibiting

and permitting songs: but, he leaves the chance

to the listener to classify the songs without

mentioning names and details. However, he

prohibits the jazz music that destroys the nerves

and has negative effects on the listener.

It is prohibited to sing for the tyrants:

Q: Some may consider that discussing the issue

of singing from a religious point of view is

superficial issue since it does not even deserve to

be raised in this context. Knowing that the songs

surround us every where, what is your opinion

concerning this issue?

A: In our opinion, the issue of singing depends

on the vibration and undulation of the voice and

the way of saying the words of the song, and

this differs according to the voice’s pitch. The

melodious voice gives the word a profound

effect on the listener that may in its turn affect

his sentiments. So, if the words of the song are

just, normally, its melody will make the listener

affected deeply by the meanings and thus he

may react positively with them. On the contrary,

if the words of the songs are of negative

meanings, they may drive man to do evil or

prohibited acts, to devastate or to be malicious.

These meanings affect the listener negatively

because he is able to understand them. Thus,

through the effects of the song a person may be

driven to do all the matters latent in his mind.

Q: Generally speaking, in the Arab World there

are no songs that call for spreading the evil in

frank expressions like what is happening in the

West...?!

A: In the Arab World, singing is directed

towards arousing the instincts. This kind of

singing is prohibited because it makes the

person live sexual obsessions due to the nature

of the melody or the words of the song that

arouse the instincts. Besides, the songs in which

the singers glorify the tyrants and the vicious

regimes or the evil states are also prohibited.

Q: Some songs are classified in the category of

the patriotic songs although they glorify dictator

leaders like what is happening in some Arab

countries. Are these songs deemed permissible?

A: The patriotic songs that connect man with the

positive meaning of one’s country like

defending the country, keeping the freedom and

independence and the like are absolutely not

prohibited. Hence, we consider that the songs

that praise the beauty of nature, the nostalgia

towards one’s country or family …etc, in

addition to the songs that upraise the soul and

open the human horizons to Allah (The Exalted)

and to all the spiritual songs are not prohibited.

The platonic love songs are not prohibited

Q: Why it is not prohibited to sing the nature

and the sublime meanings, while, it is prohibited

to sing love, knowing that even love has sublime

meanings?

A: There is a difference between love that has a

humane value and love in which man addresses

the woman or the woman addresses the man.

The second kind of love arouses the instincts,

while, Islam does not want man’s instinct to be

aroused because this arousal would lead into

negative and immoral acts. On the other hand,

the songs of love that have spiritual

significations are not prohibited. An important

point that we have to know in this context is that

singing may steal the person’s will since he

might be deeply stirred up by the song. Allah

wants man to live his will according to his

choice because it is up to him to direct his will

either positively or negatively. But when he is

dominated by the emotional conditions, through

the exciting music that arouses his instincts

unconsciously and drives him to behave in an

unacceptable manner, he will be deprived of his

right to choose.

Q: Is this also applied on the revolutionary

songs that sometimes create violent reactions?

A: There is a point that should be clarified. If

these songs represent the good deed for man,

then, there is no problem in listening to them

because when man is encouraged the results

would be positive. But, the other aspects that

make man behave in a negative manner when he

is exited are absolutely rejected.

Q: So, is it a relative issue?

A: Yes, it is a relative issue even we prohibit

listening to Jazz music that destroys the nerves

and makes man live in a negative state that

makes him behave involuntarily.

Q: Do you classify the songs according to their

effects on the individual?

A: We classify songs according to the kind of

their effect in general and not according to their

effects on each person. For example, wine may

not intoxicate some people, whereas, it is

prohibited. Allah says: {and avoid false words}

(22:3o). There is an interpretation that considers

the false words as words that is not righteous.

Allah also says: {And those who do not bear

witness to what is valid} (25:72) that is

interpreted by singing. We also have another

verse that is: {But there are, among man, those

who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or

meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of

Allah throw ridicule (on the Path)} (31:6).

(Lahwa Alhadith) or “the idle tales” are the

words that deviate man mentally, doctrinally,

legitimately, etc... Hence, every thing that is

defined as Batil or misleading from Allah’s path

is deemed prohibited.

Singing in Iran is not prohibited

Q: There is a consensus among some critics and

some psychologists on some songs such as

Fayrouz’s songs that talk about love without

arousing the instincts. Such songs affect the

listener positively and absolutely relax the

nerves, what is the ruling regarding these songs

from a religious point of view?

A: I have just answered this question and I did

not say that all songs that express love are

prohibited. I said that the prohibited songs are

that which arouse the instincts. For example, we

accept the paternal and maternal expressions as

well as the platonic love of man towards a

woman that elevates the soul and represent a

spiritual and human value and not an instinctive

value. Now, when we study the experience that

the adolescents live when listening to the

common songs, we find that this experience

creates a kind of an unconscious and instinctive

attraction towards the singer.

english.bayynat.org.lb/islamicinsights/elaph22062006.htm

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So how come none of these negative effects are happening to me? I listen to music all the time and I'm getting more and more knowledgeable and feeling closer to Islam everyday. I also play the piano. It isn't making me week at all. I had to give up and change my life style around when I actually became a real Muslim not just a Muslim by name and that was 8 months ago, but I had to do it in a day so my will power isn't weak.

I stopped listening to music just to test it out for like 10 days. It was boring and it had more negative than good effects.

Anyway how did people manage to stop listening to music, I'm interested to see what people did.

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So how come none of these negative effects are happening to me?

I think you hit the nail on the head there with saying how you had to make the change in a day for will power reasons, and stopping music had more negative effects than good ones...

In my experience, i gave up music because it was quite easy for me to associate it with my previous lifestyle, and so it only made sense to give music up since i gave the rest of it up. it was a gradual process and i did it because i genuinely realised that it had a negative impact. of course, while listening to music, i couldn't see that negative impact, it was a while after giving it up, did i realise how much music clouded my judgement... not that i was ever into drugs, but i imagine this is how somebody would feel after going through rehab for coke or morphine... you look back and feel for the first time you look at things in your life with 20/20 vision.

the negative effects you found after 10 days are a form of withdrawal. it's that phase of confusion, where you have a feel there was something wrong about it all, but you're so used to it's affects that day to day activities (driving, exercise etc) are now bland and unexciting without music... first try to really contemplate and see if mainstream music is actually causing a good or bad impact on your relationship with God, and if you come to the conclusion that it does in fact harm it, then give it a good amount of time (at least a month), to get more used to a lifestyle without mainstream music.

That said, not all music is haram. simply broken down, if you feel something brings you closer to God (i.e. that listening to it there and then reminds you of God), then by all means continue with it.

And Allah (SWT) knows best

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^I don't want to be disrespectful to the late Sayyid, but there are CLEAR-CUT ahadith which basically forbid about 98% of music out there. So all I'll say is that I disagree with him.

Then he's talking about the 2%.

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I think you hit the nail on the head there with saying how you had to make the change in a day for will power reasons, and stopping music had more negative effects than good ones...

In my experience, i gave up music because it was quite easy for me to associate it with my previous lifestyle, and so it only made sense to give music up since i gave the rest of it up. it was a gradual process and i did it because i genuinely realised that it had a negative impact. of course, while listening to music, i couldn't see that negative impact, it was a while after giving it up, did i realise how much music clouded my judgement... not that i was ever into drugs, but i imagine this is how somebody would feel after going through rehab for coke or morphine... you look back and feel for the first time you look at things in your life with 20/20 vision.

the negative effects you found after 10 days are a form of withdrawal. it's that phase of confusion, where you have a feel there was something wrong about it all, but you're so used to it's affects that day to day activities (driving, exercise etc) are now bland and unexciting without music... first try to really contemplate and see if mainstream music is actually causing a good or bad impact on your relationship with God, and if you come to the conclusion that it does in fact harm it, then give it a good amount of time (at least a month), to get more used to a lifestyle without mainstream music.

That said, not all music is haram. simply broken down, if you feel something brings you closer to God (i.e. that listening to it there and then reminds you of God), then by all means continue with it.

And Allah (SWT) knows best

The main reason that drove me away from Islam in the first place was all these rules and limitations and I still find out more and more everyday. Music is the only think left that I actually still have with me. By negative effects I mean that it was all to much restrictions and being free to do what I like all my life then suddenly can't do anything was unpleasant, hence where the boredom came from and so on.

In what way did music cloud your judgement if you don't mind me asking, I find it inspirational and I just fail to see the negative effects. What if the mainstream music isn't having a bad impact on my relationship with God, would that still mean I have to give it up?

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The main reason that drove me away from Islam in the first place was all these rules and limitations and I still find out more and more everyday. Music is the only think left that I actually still have with me. By negative effects I mean that it was all to much restrictions and being free to do what I like all my life then suddenly can't do anything was unpleasant, hence where the boredom came from and so on.

In what way did music cloud your judgement if you don't mind me asking, I find it inspirational and I just fail to see the negative effects. What if the mainstream music isn't having a bad impact on my relationship with God, would that still mean I have to give it up?

Pretty much brother any music that goes against the teachings of Islam and takes you away from Allah(swt) is forbidden .

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Syed Ali Khamenai about ghina:

Question 1: Would you please explain for me the terms ghinā’, music and its instruments in simple and understandable words!

Answer: ghinā’ is the singing specific and suitable for gatherings of merrymaking and debauchery. Both singing and listening to such kind of songs are ḥarām. If the music instruments are played in a way suitable for such gatherings, both using and listening to them are ḥarām. Accordingly, if a piece of music falls under ghinā’ or the aforementioned music, it is considered as ḥarām; otherwise, it is ḥalāl.

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Anyway how did people manage to stop listening to music, I'm interested to see what people did.

What worked for me, was that I simply engaged my mind completely in new activities that stimulated and challenged my imagination and intellect.

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So how come none of these negative effects are happening to me?

You will be surprised there is difference of opinion on music, check with your Marja. Music is good and bad, depends how it's used.

Good:

Make sure you have music playing for at least a little while every day; while any music is good, research has found that classical music is especially stimulating to the intellect.

http://health.howstu...our-memory1.htm

I would recommend Mozart and Pachelbel (Canon D) to get you started.

More recent studies have completely refuted those claims.

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Anyway how did people manage to stop listening to music, I'm interested to see what people did.

Salaam :)

The lyrics of the songs started disgusting me. I mean most of the catchy ones talked about a guy going to the club and picking out girls and having a one night stand. I was very disturbed by that, and then I told myself, "Why am I listening to this if I feel disturbed by it." It made my heart feel very dirty and evil, and whenever I prayed, I thought to myself, "wow, so I pray and Allah tells us to be this and that and stay away from these things, yet I am listening to them.". I felt very fake, even when I switched to the normal love songs, it was about cheating etc.. I just realized that's not how I am supposed to be. That's not the things my parents raised me to listen to. So at first I switched to Anasheed that had beats and drums, but talked about Allah and muhammad and imams. Then from there on I started listening to latmiyahs, and I would listen to quran before I went to sleep using my earplugs and listened to it throughout my sleep.. It really helped and it protected me against the shaytan and all my music urge just faded, instead latmiyaats and quran became my addiction. And alhamdulillah, I wasn't addicted to music or anything, so that also really helped.

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