I know that according to most sources, singing is haram. Yet, I cannot see why it is so.

It is claimed in several sources that singing is "idle talk", that it can "mislead you from the path of Allah", that it adds "hypocrisy to the heart" .... yet, all of these arguments are not arguments, they are baseless claims and accusations.

How exactly is it "idle talk"? Surely there can be a lot of purpose behind ones singing.

How exactly does it mislead you from the path of Allah? Surely one could be singing about good things that are in accordance with the preachings of Allah and Muhammed?

How exactly does it add hypocrisy to the heart? This last one especially makes no sense to me.

There are many things forbidden in Islam and many of them are based on strong arguments - yet this one about singing? I don't see why it is forbidden, and, honestly, I don't think it is forbidden, I think this is an example of fundamentalism gone wrong.

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    Can you show some sources where it says singing is haram?
    – Kilise
    Aug 14, 2016 at 20:37
  • "I don't think it is forbidden, I think this is an example of fundamentalism gone wrong." If you want to be consistent, you have to decide which methods of deriving verdicts you accept, and then follow the results whether you like them or not. I don't know whether all schools of law forbid music - I think they all allow unaccompanied nasheed sung by men.
    – G. Bach
    Aug 14, 2016 at 22:39
  • singing and music is different. Music is haram, not singing(until oir unless it contain something bad) Aug 15, 2016 at 6:01
  • Also, most scholars consider music haram, but there are some (many) that doesn't consider all kind of music as haram. It can be read here for example: islamictext.wordpress.com/music-azhar-fatwa translated to english... (in arabic: dar-alifta.org.eg/AR/…)
    – Kilise
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:29

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For an analytical answer, consider what singing and music does. It takes your mind away from reality and makes you feel good. This is synonymous to the effect of intoxicants which is haram because anything that takes you away from reality is harmful for you, since it clouds your judgement and affects your behavior. These factors were reason enough for me to leave singing and music for good.

  • You should edit and add them to your answer!
    – Medi1Saif
    Aug 18, 2016 at 11:19
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    "It takes your mind away from reality and makes you feel good." I have a strong impulse to downvote this answer based on this; this seems to suggest that islam forbids any kind of amusement. Reading books does this, as does a romantic dinner with your wife, or reading a book, or playing a game.
    – G. Bach
    Aug 18, 2016 at 21:24
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    Well you do have to understand that if you're looking through the point of view of a muslim who believes in afterlife, the world was not exactly created for pleasures, the afterworld is. Aug 25, 2016 at 4:51
  • And even then there are only restrictions on most of the pleasures, the ones restricted are the severe ones, that affect a person drastically. Aug 25, 2016 at 5:01

Allah - beginning with the name of - the most gracious, the most merciful,

Allah & his Messenger (Peace be upon him) know's the best reason behind forbidding music.

Singing is not haram, singing poets, Naat , hamd etc. is permissible.

Singing song is haram as its useless for a believer, if a men sings only for his own wife, or women sings for his husband where no other na-muharram involved and that too without any music then and only then it may be permissible. But in today's world this isn't the case.

Here are few reason's that I observe which may lead to forbidding the music.

1- It's creation of Satan and pushed one of the son of Adam(Alaihissalam) into the wrong path and kept away from worshiping Allah.

2- It has lot of harmful effects on nervous system and is the cause of many ailments including ulcer, diabetes and madness. It creates imbalance in human faculties, retards spiritual development, and lowers the ethical values (though few phil./dr. suggest that it has few +ve effects but here will consider the -ve).

3- It may lead people to commit adultery if it contains bad things.

4- It will instigate listener to dance, drive fastly, neglect other's, and do whatever comes in your mind without thinking the outcome of your doing.(I have observed a lot such things).

...... list goes

  • "It has lot of harmful effects on nervous system and is the cause of many ailments including ulcer, diabetes and madness." I have never heard this, and I would be very surprised if this were true; it sounds on par with claims that gays or women cause earthquakes. "It will lead people to commit adultery." Mozart and Wagner are not known to be driving forces behind adultery.
    – G. Bach
    Aug 17, 2016 at 10:53
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    first of all he asked about singing, secondly your statement about reasons why we should forbid music are baseless...
    – Kilise
    Aug 17, 2016 at 12:43
  • @G.Bach, hmmm if you just google you will get the side effect of music,..theunboundedspirit.com/….. and I wasn't specific about specific music..and for understanding this "It will lead people to commit adultery." you need to think like a psychologist and need to go through the ancient history where primary sources of people following wrong paths were drugs, music, & girls..
    – smali
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:04
  • @Kilise, if he is asking about singing means its not forbidden islam, but it should be for some goodness (Poet, Praise of King or some person) not for useless things, and secondly you need to give the evidence to prove that my points are baseless..
    – smali
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:10
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    That site does not give the impression of any kind of credibility. Clinical studies regarding music therapy on the other hand demonstrate its positive medical effects in a number of areas, see e.g. this meta-study. Altogether, your "reasons" for forbidding music seem like fear-mongering, not reasoned though.
    – G. Bach
    Aug 17, 2016 at 14:48

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