Evils of Music

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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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Suggestion for Emigrants


I will be leaving for Australia in another 10 days. So I wanted your advice on how to live as a good Muslim abroad.

Shaikh Muhammad Al ‘Uthaimïn (d.1421/2001), one of the two greatest scholars in Arabia in his time explains many of the things that would be relevant to you and many others, lucidly. Here is my translation and interpretation of his words:
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