Top 40 hadith on Music (Part 3)

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.

#21. Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Beware of listening to musical instruments and singing, for verily, both these acts germinate nifaaq (hypocrisy) in the heart just as water causes vegetables to grow.” (Kaf-fur Ru’aa’)

#22.  Hadhrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever sits and listens to a singing girl, Allah will pour molten lead into his ears o­n the Day of Qiyaamah.” (Ibn Asaakir)

#23. Hadhrat Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever dies while he has a singing slave girl, do not perform Janaazah Salaat for him.” (Haakim)

#24. Safwaan Bin Umayyah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Amr Bin Qurrah said (to Allah’s Apostle – may Allah be pleased with him): “I am very unfortunate. I do not see any way for acquiring my rizq except by means of my duff. Therefore, grant me permission to sing (i.e. with my duff) such songs which will be devoid of any immorality (evil).’ Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: “I do not give you permission. There is no honour and no goodness (in what you are saying). O enemy of Allah! You are a liar. Most certainly, Allah has ordained for you halaal rizq, but you have chosen what Allah has made haraam for you in place of what He has made halaal for you of the sustenance He has decreed for you.” (Baihqi, Tibraani, Dailmi)

#25. Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “On the Day of Qiyaamah, Allah Azza Wa Jal will proclaim: “Where are those who had protected their ears and their eyes from the musical instruments of shaitaan?” (Allah Ta’ala will instruct the Malaaikah): “Separate them (from the multitudes of people).” They (the Angels) will separate them, and have them seated o­n dunes of musk and ambergris then Allah Ta’ala will say to the Malaaikah: “Recite to them My Tasbeeh and My Tamjeed.” The Malaaikah will then recite to them with such beautiful voices, the likes of which no o­ne had ever heard.”

#26. On the authority Hadhrat Abu Musa Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever listens to the sound of singing, he will not be given permission to listen to the (beautiful) voices of the Ruhaaniyyeen in Jannat.” When it was asked: ‘Who are the Ruhaaniyyeen?’ Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Qaaris of Jannat.” (Kanzul Ummaal)

In his Tafseer, Imaam Qurtubi comments: “We have mentioned this Hadith in Kitaabut Tathkirah along with other similar examples. Thus, he who consumes wine will be denied the pure drink (of Jannat) in the Aakhirah. He who wears silk will not wear silk in the Aakhirah, etc. All this is correct in meaning……”

#27. Hadhrat Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “Nabi (may Allah be pleased with him) prohibited singing and listening to singing, and (he also prohibited) gossip.” (Kaf-fur Ruaa’)

#28. Zaid Bin Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: “Once a youth while singing passed by Nabi (may Allah be pleased with him) who was walking in a street of Madinah. Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘Alas! O young man! Why do you not sing with the Qur’aan (i.e. recite it beautifully instead of singing songs)?’ He repeated this statement several times.” (Dailmi)

#29. Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “When someone raises his voice with singing, Allah sends two shaitaans who sit o­n his shoulders striking his breast with their heels until he stops (singing).” (Tibraani)

#30. Hadhrat Abdur Rahmaan Bin Auf (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I have forbidden two ignorant immoral voices: (The first)- the sounds of futility at the time of merrymaking, and the musical instruments of shaitaan. (The second)- the wailing sounds at the time of calamity when the face is struck and the garments are torn.” (Haakim in Mustadrak)

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