Editor’s note: Despite observing their obligatory solaat (prayers), fasting in the month of Ramadan and doing other required acts of worship, some Muslims worldwide do not know that listening to music is haraam (forbidden) in Islam.
In this Ramadan lecture, Legit.ng examines why listening to music is forbidden for Muslims whether during Ramadan or in other eleven months of the lunar calendar according to Sunnah (traditions) of Prophet Muhammad bn Abdullah.
In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, whoever Allah guides, no one can lead him astray and whoever Allah sends astray, no one can guide him.
Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah (Qur’an) and the best guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah give him peace and bless him), and the most evil matters are those that are newly invented, for every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Hell fire. May Allah save us from the torment of Hell fire (Aameen).
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Listening to music is haram (forbidden), whether in Ramadan or at other times, but it is more forbidden in Ramadan, and is a greater sin because fasting does not only mean refraining from eating and drinking, rather, it means attaining piety or fear of Allaah, and it means that all the physical faculties should refrain from disobeying Allaah.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” (Al-Baqarah 2:183).
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting does not just mean (abstaining) from eating and drinking, rather, fasting means (abstaining) from idle and obscene talk…” Narrated by Al-Haakim.
The authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) clearly indicates that listening to musical instruments is haraam.
Al-Bukhaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There will be among my ummah - people who regard adultery, silk, pork and musical instruments as permissible…” Al-Tabaraani and al-Bayhaqi said that this was a mawsool report.
This hadeeth indicates that musical instruments are haraam in two ways: First, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “(they) will regard… as permissible.”
This clearly indicates that the things mentioned are haraam, but those people will regard them as permissible.
Secondly, musical instruments are mentioned in conjunction with things that are definitely haraam, namely adultery (zina) and alcohol. If it were not haraam it would not have been mentioned alongside them.
The believer should make the most of this blessed month and turn to his Lord.
He should repent to Allah and give up haraam things that he was in the habit of doing before Ramadaan, so that Allaah might accept his fast and set his affairs straight, (Ameen). Allah knows best.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that eating and drinking out of forgetfulness does not invalidates fast.
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