Top 40 hadith on Music (Part 1)

The following is a compilation of the top 40 hadith which address the advantages and disadvantages of music, as well as why the other types of music are considered Haram (forbidden). Enjoy.

#1. On the authority of Hadhrat Abu Maalik Ash’ari, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, says that he heard Prophet Muhammed (may Allah be pleased with him) say: “Most certainly, there will be in my Ummah people who will make lawful fornication, silk, liquor and musical instruments.” (Bukhaari)

#2. It could also be interpreted as, Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Most certainly, people from my Ummah will consume liquor which they will describe with some other name. Over their heads will be playing musical instruments and singing girls. Allah will cause the earth to swallow them, and from among them He will transform into apes and pigs.” (Ibn Maajah)

#3. On the authority of Imraan Bin Husain (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “In this Ummah will be earthquakes, disfiguration (of faces which will be transformed into apes and pigs) and showers of stone (descending o­n them from the heaven).” A man from among the Muslimeen said: “O Allah’s Apostle! When will this be?” Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “When singing girls and musical instruments will become profuse and when liquor will be consumed (in abundance).”(Tirmizi)

#4. On the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “During the last of ages (in close proximity to Qiyaamah) a nation from my Ummah will be disfigured (and transformed) into apes and pigs.” The Sahaabah said: “O Allah’s Apostle! Will they be Muslim?” Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Yes. They will be testifying that there is no deity but Allah and that I am His Rasool, and they will be fasting (in the month of Ramadhaan).” The Sahaabah asked: “O Allah’s Apostle! What will be their condition (to warrant such chastisement)?” Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “They will be indulging in musical instruments, singing girls, musical drums, and they will be consuming liquor. They will o­ne night go to sleep after their liquor and amusement. When they arise in the morning, they will have been disfigured (and transformed into apes and pigs).” (Kaf-fur Ruaa’)

#5. According to another Hadith, also narrated by Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I take oath by The Being Who has sent me with the Haqq (Truth)! The world will not come to an end until earthquakes, the descent of showers of stones (from the heaven) and disfigurement of faces (which will be transformed into apes and swines) had not taken place.’ The Sahaabah said: ‘When will that happen, O Allah’s Apostle?’ He replied: ‘When you see women seated o­n saddles (i.e. riding horses and in this age, driving cars); when singing girls are to be found in profusion; when false testimony becomes rampant, and when homosexuality and lesbianism become prevalent.” (Bazzaar and Tibraani)

#6.  Hadhrat Ali Bin Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “When my Ummah indulges in fifteen misdeeds, calamities will settle o­n them. Among these are singing girls and musical instruments.” (Tirmizi)

#7. Sahl Bin Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “There will befall this Ummat earthquakes, disfigurement of faces and showers of stones.’ It was said: ‘O Allah’s Apostle! When will this happen?’ Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘When singing girls become in profusion and liquor is made lawful.” (Ibn Maajah)

#8. Hadhrat Naafi’ (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “Once when Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) heard the sound of a shepherd’s flute, he placed his fingers in both ears (to block the sound of the music), and he diverted his mount from that path. (As they rode o­n), he would say: ‘O Naafi’, can you still hear (the sound)?’ I would say: ‘Yes.’ He would then continue riding. o­nly when I said: ‘I can no longer hear it’, did he remove his fingers from his ears. Then he returned to the road. He then said: ‘I saw Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) doing like this when he had heard the flute of a shepherd.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood)

#9. Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “Verily, Nabi (may Allah be pleased with him) made haraam liquor, gambling, the musical drum and the tambourine. And, every intoxicant is haraam.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood)

#10. Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Verily, Allah has made haraam liquor, gambling, the musical drum, and every intoxicant is haraam.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Baihqi, etc.)

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