QUESTION: SOME PEOPLE SAY IT IS NOT GOOD TO LISTEN TO EITHER ISLAMIC OR WORDLY MUSIC. I CAME ACROSS AN HADEETH WHICH SAYS: SURELY THERE IS WISDOM IN MUSIC. WHAT SHOULD I BELIEVE? I, AS A PERSON, LIKE ISLAMIC MUSIC BECAUSE IT TEACHES ME ABOUT MY RELIGION.
Answer: All praise is due to Allaah and may His peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. First, music is prohibited in Islaam, and there is no separation between Islamic and worldly music. Really, there is nothing like Islamic Music, what you have are Muslims who are singing. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
"From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful."(Bukhaaree).
This is what the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) has said and he did not make any distinction between worldly music and Islamic music. He forbade the use of musical instruments in general. And what do we see these Islamic Musicians do? They gather mature women together and put them in front of the whole world dancing. Is this the modesty expected of a Muslim woman? Obviously not! What about the rhythm of the so-called Islamic song? What they have done is simple, change the lyrics but keep the rhythm of the secular music.
So one cannot differentiate between your regular fuji/juju/reggae music from the one who says he is performing music in the name of Islam. As for the statement,
"Surely, there is wisdom in music; we have not found this from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him). Rather, we found that he said, "Some poetry contains wisdom." (Bukhaaree).
So he was referring to poetry and not music, just like when he said:
"The most true words said by a poet were the words of Labid." He said, Verily, everything except Allah is perishable" (Bukhaaree)
When you said, it teaches you about your religion: we think it is better to avoid this and go to permissible means of learning about the religion. One should not take a means that is not permissible towards an end that is permissible. It is permissible to learn about the religion (indeed it is compulsory), but it is not permissible to listen to songs accompanied by musical instruments even if they are labelled Islamic songs. Because whatever it is that they (the musicians) are saying, can be acquired from other permissible sources. And Allaah is the source of all help.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited