Evils of Music

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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The former Grand Muftï, Maulänä Muhammad Shafï’ Uthmänï رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ(d.1976) says:

A song that

  • is sung by an adult or adolescent non-mahram (stranger) woman,
  • or is sung by a beardless young man,
  • or comprises obscenity or indecency,
  • or urges the listeners to some other evil,
  • or is accompanied by a musical instrument

is prohibited.

On the other hand, a poetic composition recited in a melodious voice free of the above evils is permissible.

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