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Is music really haram?

By February 19, 2020Muslim Podcast

Is music really haram? It’s the question almost everyone wants to argue about and the debate that never seems to end.

Do you think mainstream popular music is audio porn? I don’t have a bias against any particular culture or genre of music. I used to be a massive Aha fan. It wasn’t a conscious decision, they just happened to be the boy band that was Top of the Pops in the 80s. It’s fair to say, nowadays mainstream popular music is ubiquitously explicit, encourages zina and habituates us to vulgarity. It makes our teenagers and us objectify the opposite sex. So when I heard the hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The bells are the flutes of Satan”  (Muslim)

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) informs in this Hadīth that bells that are hung on animals are one of the musical instruments of Satan whereby he distracts people from the purpose for which they were created. Music and musical instruments distract a person from the worship of Allah SWT. 

So, is music really haram. Before you drop the “Haram Police” card and get ready to prepare an essay response in the comments, can I just say that I’m not here to argue the different rulings and opinions on musical instruments, singing, beat boxing, drums and what not.

I’m not even going to go there. I’m going to be doing something different. I want us to answer this question for ourselves, openly and honestly. In fact, we can even forget the question of is music really haram. Let’s instead just ask the question “Is Music harmful?”

Just so you know where I stand. I am not qualified to answer the question, Is music haram? Therefore, I think you need to honestly research the ruling about music for yourself. That’s what I did because when I heard this hadith:

The bells are the flutes of Satan”  (Muslim)

It made me admit that I need to stop listening to music that distracts me when I am praying salah or reading the quran. We both know we wouldn’t dream of watching porn so we need to also have the same attitude when it comes to audio porn.

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