Is singing allowed in islam?

Is there any difference if the singer is a man or a woman?

What about if there is no music in the song?

  • Related: islam.stackexchange.com/questions/237/music-in-islam
    – user37
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 20:29
  • @Al Ummat Why you deleted Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh?, I'm Muslim. Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 21:06
  • @MhdAljobory I do not like it ether, But people here made a move to remove the salaams and now we can not give it on our questions or answers.
    – مجاهد
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 21:16

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It was narrated that Abu Balj said: "I heard Muhammad bin Hatib say: 'What differentiates between the lawful and the unlawful is the voice (singing).'"

أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الأَعْلَى، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا خَالِدٌ، عَنْ شُعْبَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي بَلْجٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ مُحَمَّدَ بْنَ حَاطِبٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ إِنَّ فَصْلَ مَا بَيْنَ الْحَلاَلِ وَالْحَرَامِ الصَّوْتُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

It is disliked almost haram for men to listen to women who sing.
Source one:1

Source two:2

Salam ibn Miskin, quoting an old man who witnessed AbuWa'il in a wedding feast, said: They began to play, amuse and sing. He united the support of his hand round his knees that were drawn up, and said: I heard Abdullah (ibn Mas'ud) say: I heard the apostle of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) say: Singing produces hypocrisy in the heart.

حَدَّثَنَا مُسْلِمُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا سَلاَّمُ بْنُ مِسْكِينٍ، عَنْ شَيْخٍ، شَهِدَ أَبَا وَائِلٍ فِي وَلِيمَةٍ فَجَعَلُوا يَلْعَبُونَ يَتَلَعَّبُونَ يُغَنُّونَ فَحَلَّ أَبُو وَائِلٍ حَبْوَتَهُ وَقَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ الْغِنَاءُ يُنْبِتُ النِّفَاقَ فِي الْقَلْبِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Songs sung by men or females under puberty, with a hand drum is permissible.

It was narrated from 'Urwah that he narrated from Aishah that Abu Bakr As-Siddiq :

Entered upon her and there were two girls with her beating the duff and singing, and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) was covered with his garment. He uncovered his face and said: "Let them be there, O Abu Bakr, for these are the days of 'Eid." Those were the days of Mina and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) was in Al-Madinah on that day." (Sahih)

أَخْبَرَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ حَفْصِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي قَالَ، حَدَّثَنِي إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ طَهْمَانَ، عَنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ أَنَسٍ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنْ عُرْوَةَ، أَنَّهُ حَدَّثَهُ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ حَدَّثَتْهُ أَنَّ أَبَا بَكْرٍ الصِّدِّيقَ دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا وَعِنْدَهَا جَارِيَتَانِ تَضْرِبَانِ بِالدُّفِّ وَتُغَنِّيَانِ وَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مُسَجًّى بِثَوْبِهِ - وَقَالَ مَرَّةً أُخْرَى مُتَسَجٍّ ثَوْبَهُ - فَكَشَفَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ فَقَالَ ‏ "‏ دَعْهُمَا يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ إِنَّهَا أَيَّامُ عِيدٍ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَهُنَّ أَيَّامُ مِنًى وَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَوْمَئِذٍ بِالْمَدِينَةِ ‏.‏

Sources: Islamic Online University

  • What about if the singer of Anasheeds woman? Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 20:47
  • than the listener must not be a man.
    – مجاهد
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 20:49
  • @AlUmmat but in the example there are men listening to women singing? Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 19:32
  • The point of not listening to a man or a women is to keep you from your lust.
    – مجاهد
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 19:45

Narrated Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari:

that he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments....

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: "ليكونن من امتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف ..." رواه البخاري

As for the singing to the women is forbidden in Islam, as a woman's voice is a rugged (awrah)

  • you mean the woman sound is "awrah" always ! or just when she's singing ?
    – MhdSyrwan
    Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 22:34
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    Of course in singing,not the voice of women in general Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 10:34

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