It plays. Everywhere you go. It plays in the background at shopping centres, supermarkets, waiting rooms, petrol stations and restaurants – even the “Halaal ones”. Music has become one of the most loved forms of entertainment for Muslims.
Music is addictive. There are lots of people who will tell you they have tried to stop listening to it but just cannot give it up. So addictive is it, even students memorising the Quraan share information about the different styles and artists out there.
Apart from being addictive, music is Haraam and it is sinful to listen to. This fact alone should immediately render one “cured” of their desire for this drug. There are numerous Ahadeeth and verses from the Quraan which prove the impermissibility of music.
In the book Music in Islam – compiled by Maulana Ismail Moosa and checked by Mufti Ebrahim Desai from Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah – much evidence is given for the prohibition of music.
“From amongst men there are those who purchase ‘lahw al hadith’ without knowledge, to mislead from the Path of Allah and they ridicule it. For them there is a humiliating punishment.” (Luqmân: 6) Many great Commentators state that ‘lahw al hadith’ in this verse refers to music. “The two greatest commentators of this Ummah, Abdullah bin Masood and Abdullah bin Abbaas (radiyallâhu ‘anhuma), used to take an oath and say that this verse refers to music.”
There are those who will tell you they’ve “heard” music isn’t Haraam. There are those who will go to lengths to refute the thorough investigations done by learned predecessors as to why Music is Haraam, to ease their conscience or lead others astray. And there are those who simply cannot stop listening to it because they’ve allowed the roots of the sin to sink deep and entrench itself in their hearts.
The verdict that music is Haraam has been given by the most senior Scholars of all four madhabs, the book states. The Scholars of those who don’t follow a madhab have given the same ruling. It is therefore the official ruling of the vast majority of the Ummah. In addition to the numerous spiritual harms connected with music, it is also dangerous for ones psychology, health and worldly life.
A great number of Ulama have passed the verdict of disbelief on a person who regards music as permissible. And many senior Ulama feel there was total agreement on this. To adopt singing as ones profession or means of income, by selling music, is forbidden. Many Scholars prohibit the duff (simple drum) even for nikah. Those who say it is permissible have confined it to the duff which was common in the time of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – a simple drum without any additional bells. This has been allowed only to inform others of the nikah, and not as entertainment.
Like any other addiction there are numerous reasons for becoming involved in it, but anyone who has taken the first step of building the desire to quit, CAN. Coupled with this desire, an active first step is to get rid of all forms of music, at home, in the car and at work. Anyone wanting to stop listening to music must remove the incentive to listen by destroying all forms of music one owns and deleting the 1000s of tracks – divided into special playlists – on one’s pc, laptop, IPod and cell phone. Staying away from places that frequently play music also helps. This is difficult but is possible with a concerted effort.
The habit of listening to music while cooking, working, studying, driving, exercising and “socialising” must also be kicked. These moments of the day are those we can use to practice our remembrance of Allah SWT, to build our love for Him, to become closer to Him and thereby help us strengthen our remembrance of Allah SWT during Salaah and Zikr.
In his book Kicking the Habit, Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi alayh) writes, “The taking of the name of Allah Ta’ala gives a person more intoxication than the one who is addicted to wine. This is not a worldly intoxication which makes a person lose his sense and then commit indecent and obscene deeds.”
While the above extract refers to drugs and other intoxicants, the same can be said of music. In order to break the chains to fill up the quiet spaces with music, one should listen to the lectures or sit in the company of the Ahlullah (friends of Allah SWT), Maulana Yunus advised.
“Allah Ta’ala has given them [the Ahlullah] such hearts, which contain such noor of Taqwa (piety, fear of Allah), that in their company, people who have indulged in sins all their lives will be able to, with ease, rid themselves of even major sins. Insha-Allah.”
Music is not the “food of love”. Filling our time with remembering Allah, learning about Allah’s SWT Deen and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) helps to build our love for Allah SWT. And in turn earn the love of Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Pleasure of Allah SWT. The purest love to have and the best drug to live on.