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Listening to music while working out

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Is it permissible to "hear" music that is played while one does

aerobic exercise?

If one is an instructor, one must prepare the tape (of songs) to

be used during a session. Is it permissible to do so and use this tape as

the instructor? (The music is being used to motivate the participants to

keep their pace while exercising.)


By keeping in mind the opinion of the majority of mujtahideen, it

is not permissible to listen to the music while doing aerobic exercise.

Exercise is not a modern phenomenon; it has been done without music and it

can be done without music.

The rule would be the same even if you are an instructor. Surely

human creativity can produce other ways of motivating the participants in

place of music!

Sayyid M. Rizvi

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Sayyid Seestani says:

536. Music that is permissible is the music that does not entail entertainment in gatherings held for that purpose. Forbidden music is the music that is suitable for entertainment and amusement gatherings.

You playing the music is forbidden but say you entered a gym where music was being played, and you werent listening the Sayyed says:

539. It is permissible to visit public places where music is being played, even if it is suitable for entertainment and amusement gatherings, provided that one does not intentionally listen to it: for example, passengers on course, waiting areas for visitors, public parks, restaurants and cafes, etc —even if the music played there is suitable for entertainment and amusement gatherings— because there is no problem in hearing forbidden tunes without intending to listen to it.


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Assalam o alaikum Abdulhujjah

Just making sure that I understood the ruling " it didn't mentiond gym here. There is no gym/ workout place which doesn't play songs for aerobics or yoga (light instrumental music for meditation). So we are not allowed to go gym if it plays songs?

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Keep in mind while although that you wont be actively listening to the music of the gym. If the gym itself is a mixed gym involving men and women together, than it is not permissible according to sayyid sistani (Allay increase his life)


 Is it haram for me to go to to a gym ( a training center for body builders) where women and men both can sign up for training there? It is nearly impoossible to find a gym that is only restricted for men, here in Scandinavia (Denmark). How should I act?

Answer: It is not allowed.
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