Narrated from Abu Malik

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon him) said:

Indeed, there will be in my Ummah (Followers) such people who will regard fornication, silk, wine and musical instruments as permissible for themselves [Sahi Bukhari]

Music Is Forbidden

Today music & singing are become a crucial part of our lives that we cannot visualize our day without it. From TV to radio, mobile phones to iPod’s everything is filled with musical tunes. Now the discussion at hand is to prove from the Holy Qur’an and the authentic traditions of Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) that singing & music is forbidden in Islam.

Harms and Effects of Music

We need to find permissible means of entertainment within the purview of Islamic Shariah. There are great harms and ill-effects of music & singing.

“And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way” (Surah Al-Isra,Verse 32)

Islam does not only prohibit adultery and fornication, but also those things that may lead to it.

  • The other main reasons for the prohibition of music in Islam, as it effects one’s emotions creates passion and leads to various physiological changes in the person. It is a psychological proven fact that two things are instrumental in arousing the human sexual desire, one being the voice of a female (for males) and the other music.

That’s why Allah Almighty says:

“O wives of the prophet! You are not like other women, if you are god-fearing. So do not be soft in speech. Lust in whose heart is disease should be moved with desire” (Surah Al-Ahzab, Verse 32)

  • Experiments carried out by doctors and researchers confirm that music is such that it does not only affect the brain, but each and every organ of the body. There is a close relationship between music and bodily movements.
  • Music instills the ideologies of the Non-Muslims in the heart and mind. The messages of today’s music follow a general theme of love, fornication, drugs and freedom.

Rulings on Music and Unlawful singing In Islam

Hadiths & Quranic Verses on Music is forbidden in Islam:

Music is Haraam

There are numerous evidences in the Qur’an and Sunnah which support this view.

1) “Do you then wonder at this recital? And will you laugh and not weep.  Wasting your time in vanities (leisure or idle play)? `But fall ye down in prostration to Allah, and adore (Him)” (Surah Najm 53:57-62)

2) “Lead to destruction those whom you can among them with your (seductive) voice” (Surah al-Isra, Verse 64)

3) “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allâh) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire)” (Surah Luqman Verse 6)

Permissibility of Singing and Listening Islamic Songs in Islam

We can’t create vacuum by saying that each and every kind of singing is forbidden in Islam. We need to find moral bounds of Islamic teachings. So in Islam there is certain kind of singing which is permissible with particular conditions in Islam. The lyrics of the songs must be pure and innocent, and must keep within the moral bounds set by Islamic teachings.

Na`at (Descriptive praise of the Prophet) in a poem is a highly praiseworthy act which carries reward and receives untold blessings from Allah. Na`at is known to rouse in the soul an overwhelming desire to invoke blessings and salutations upon him.


In the light of the above evidences from the Qur’an, sayings of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) shows the conclusive ruling with regards to music.
Perhaps for fair-minded and objective readers the summary will make it clear that the view that unlawful music and singing is permissible in Islam has no firm basis.

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4 Responses to Islamic Rulings on Music & Singing

  1. Muh. Qasim Adebayo says:

    Thanks and jazakallahu khair as regards this post ” islamic rulings on music and singing”.
    It gladden my heart seeing something like this. Worldly music and singing are very rampant nowadays which has and still causing a lot of evils almost everywhere on this planet earth. Beside, every younger of nowadays are channelling their potential discovery into music, singing and dancing all because of money. The so called muslim brothers and sisters are not left out, Nigeria in particular, knowing fully that these are evil’s instruments. Am tired of this. It indicates that devil is now in control of the world.

  2. JeMo says:

    Why the other website says different?

    What is your answer regarding the following:
    “Also at that time women prostitute used to be on the roads wearing hijab, so that no known person can know them and they can feed there family. Thus Hijab is for prostitutes and muslim women happily wear it in these days.”

  3. Sana Saeed says:

    Dear user,
    With respect to the links above you provided are banned in most of Muslim countries and cities because they are creating misconception and false rulings of Islam and about Islam. May Allah Almighty punish these sinners. These are fake Anti-Islamic websites. you may see the list as well on this site for reference to judge

    Well on your second question: muslim women happily wear it in these days

    In answering, take two candies; unwrap one of them and throw them both onto the floor.If you have to choose, which candy will you pick?
    Of course you’ll take the wrapped one, because it’s the clean one. Indeed. In Islam, we protect our women through Hijab. Good thing given to us now it varies in every single person how they use it? in a good way or bad way. Hijab is for Muslim women.
    Qur’an says:
    O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation. Indeed, that [behavior] was troubling the Prophet, and he is shy of [dismissing] you. But Allah is not shy of the truth. And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition.That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the Messenger of Allah or to marry his wives after him, ever. Indeed, that would be in the sight of Allah an enormity. [Surah Al-Ahzab 33:53]

    * Behind a partition : [Concept of Hijab]

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