Today, individuals are being confronted by a situation where one is forced to listen to music whether by choice or without.
Music is played in nearly all department stores, super markets, streets, technologies, all kinds of transportation, sadly enough, I can’t even believe I’m writing this, even Muslim households. Some even try to justify music as being halal, Allah save us, Aameen.
No matter which direction we go, we are intoxicated with music. The increasing popularity of music, which is prevalent in the so called modern era, poses an incredible danger for Muslims.
Music is Haram, as is clearly stated through references within the context of the Holy Qur'an along with the Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) confirm that music is indeed haraam.
Interpreters of the Qur'an have defined the term "lahwal hadith" which is mentioned in the Qur'an as:
1 ~ Singing and listening to songs.
2 ~ Purchasing of male and female singers.
3 ~ Purchase of instruments of fun and amusement.
When Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas'ood, a very close companion of our Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about the meaning of the term "lahwal hadith", he replied,
"I swear by Him besides whom there is no other God, that it refers to ghinaa (singing)."
This statement, he repeated three times. This view is unanimously supported by the four Khalifas, the eminent Sahabaah, Tabi'een, the four Imaams and other reliable Islamic scholars and authorities.
"There will be people of my Ummah who will seek to make lawful; fornication, wine-drinking and the use of ma'aazif (musical instruments)." (Bukhari)
Analysis of the Arabic word "ma'aazif" portrays that it refers to musical instruments, the sounds of those musical instruments and singing with the accompaniment of instruments.
Closer analysis of the wordings of the Hadith establishes the prohibition of music. Firstly, the words "seek to make lawful" portrays that music is not permissible, as logically one can only seek to make lawful that which is not allowed.
Secondly, if music was not prohibited, then it would not have been brought within the same context as fornication and wine-drinking.
A very ignorant and misguided attitude is to perceive music as a form of pleasure and passing of time, since the messages of today`s music follow a general theme of fornication, love, drugs and freedom.
This idea of freedom, "It's my life, I'll do what I want, thank you very much." is a predominant, underlying theme of today`s music.
It is being used as a means for drilling modern ideologies that are totally contrary to the Islamic Shariah, into the minds and hearts of Muslims.
One should abstain from evil audacities such as listening to music and encourage others to do the same, i.e not listen to music.
Especially those who believe, oh Muslim fear Allah (subhana wa ta'ala), be Muslim by nature, not Muslim by name.
May Almighty Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) guide us all to the straight path, Aameen.