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Why is music haram?

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Guest Haidar

I have not opened this thread to debate or question the rule that music is haram. It is haram. But my intention is to find out the reasons for the prohibition. What the psychological and spiritual consequences to listening to music?

Hopefully this will give me a deeper understanding as to WHY it is haram and maybe make it easier for those of us who do listen to music, to quit the bad habit. 

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Not all music is haram. You should check the ruling of your marjaa. Music that encourages, decorates (zeena), or facilitates people toward haram actions is haram, following the principle that anything that facilitates the haram is haram itself. The encourage, decorates, facilitates is a matter of interpretation and scholars differ on what constitutes that. There are basically two types of haramat (haram things). First, things that are haram in themselves, like narcotics (not being used in the course of a medical treatment supervised by a doctor), alcohol, pork, shirk, zina(adultry), etc. These things are haram because their essence is haram, so no need for further explanation. The second type is those things which lead to haram, therefore are haram themselves. Music is only frequencies of sound arranged in a pattern over time. Speech is also frequencies of sound arranged over a span of time. So it is not the frequencies of sound which is haram, otherwise speech would be haram. It is when the sound is arranged in a way that is used to push people toward haram, then the sounds themselves become haram. A classic example is music that is used for dancing (non mahrams together) and is played at parties. This type of music becomes haram because it is used to facilitate non mahrams dancing together and to facilitate drinking or using other types of intoxicants. If the music is commonly used in that way, then this music becomes haram. 

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The historically first reason: When Kabeel murdered his brother Habeel, he fled to a place where Shaitaan was living and breeding. A place something like an Island. There he and his progeny lived with uncle Satan. When Hz. Adam (عليه السلام) passed away the news reached them and uncle Satan made musical instruments for Kabeel, taught him how to play them and helped him celebrate. The next reasons from history is that when prophet (عليه السلام) used to preach the satanists would distract people by playing music. There may be more, weightier reasons but I thought I should add these little known ones.

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It depends on the type of music but lets say modern music. Modern music promotes drugs, zina, materialism etc. although your concious doesnt absorb it your subconcious does. At its core message it is that the most important things in life are drugs, sex, money etc. with time it will change who you are as a person.

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don’t know how accurate this is, but it indicates not all music is harām:


If this is wrong and all music is harām I am not sure why.

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Salam. Can anyone please explain Ayatollah Saanei’s fatwa about music? If a song’s lyrics are good (no rap, or drugs/alcohol, promiscuity) does that mean it’s ok?
 

For example, if a song has good lyrics but it’s performed in an appropriate way, ie with sinful acts, would that make only that one performance haram? What if you listen to the same song but at home? 
 

“Any type of music, song, sound, or speech that leads man astray and deviates them from them path of God, as well as its per- formance, provision of its instruments and equipment and making such instruments for such purposes are all harām. Popularizing and encouraging indecency, moral corruption, promiscuity, intellectual and physical sins, sloth, becoming a burden on society, addiction to drugs and alcohol etc. are deviations from the path of God, and all paths leading to them should be blocked. Any music and song that causes such sinful acts is haram and there is no difference between the types or instruments in this regard. However, music and songs that neither lead man astray nor involve other harām acts such as the mixing of non-mahram men and women and obscenity, cannot be deemed haram and are apparently permissible and mubāh.”

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