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Is music haram in Islam?

Question:

Is music haram or is it allowed if the lyrics are not rude or derogatory?

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

Those close to Allah will not listen, associate or occupy themselves with music.

Generally the pious predecessors and classical Muslim scholars have regarded music as prohibited. This is the jurisprudence ruling of music, even if the lyrics are not questionable. Also, there are numerous physical, mental and spiritual harms associated to music.

Abdullah ibn Masud (r) states, the meaning of “idle talk” in the following verse refers to music:

“And there are among men, those that purchase idle talk, to mislead (men) from the path of Allah and throw ridicule. For such there will be a humiliating punishment.” (Quran 31:6)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There will appear people in my community, who will hold adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments to be lawful.” (Bukhari)

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute

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