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Assalamualaikum,

Earlier this year i took part at a project in my school. We had to make a video about a certain profession and the video I made also has background music. Now, months later it turns out I've won the competition and they're giving us money and free practice at a tech company as a reward. However, I've repented for using music on that video since music is prohibited and my question is: Is it haram for me to take those rewards?

Please respond, Jazakallah Khair.

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There seem to be a variety of opinions on this (from Wiki)

Permissibility of music The question of permissibility of music in Islamic jurisprudence is historically disputed.[2] Imam al-Ghazzali, one of the most famous Muslim scholars, writing almost a thousand years ago, reported several hadith and came to the conclusion that music is permitted, saying: “All these Ahadith are reported by al-Bukhari and singing and playing are not haram.”[3] But majority of scholars interpret the chapters of Luqman and Al-Isra in the Quran as evidence that music is haram,[4] although this is disputed by others who disagree.[5]

If there is not a consensus (ijma), then music should not be a universal prohibition, but a personal preference.

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Wa 'alayk as-salam,

Since the activity/competition was something haram, then taking the prize money is also haram, I would simply try to refuse it, you won so it's your choice, they shouldn't be able to just forcibly give you the money against your will..

As for practice at the tech company; if there is nothing haram involved then it's your choice

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  • I wouldnt be so sure that it is haram to take the rewards. Music is considered as haram if only the music makes you neglect or contains anything that against the islamic law. Aside from this, the company chooses their own winner. And if the reward is not based on gambling or from a haram source, then it is okay to take the reward. – Winter Bucky Jul 15 '20 at 0:55
  • "Music is considered as haram if only the music makes you neglect or contains anything that against the islamic law" This is not what scholars said though, are you a scholar? There is consensus among the major scholars of the sunnah that music (instruments) is haram, so who are you to come here and say something differently? We should fear Allah regarding declaring matters halal/haram troid.org/ibadah/knowledge/common-conflicts/… – Ibrahim Elm Jul 16 '20 at 1:07
  • Ibrahim Elm I believe our views are different here brother. If the music violates the Shari'ah as mentioned earlier, then that is where it becomes haram. According to the opinion of some Syafi’e sects, Imam Malik and the al-Zahiriyyah group, they did not ban this musical instrument. This has also been based on the views of a group of companions such as Abdullah bin Umar, Abdullah bin Jaafar, Abdullah bin Al-Zubir and Muawiyah. The law of playing musical instruments such as guitars, pianos and violins using strings is halaal as long as there is nothing that can make it illegal. – Winter Bucky Jul 16 '20 at 1:46
  • You may also refer to Al-Qaradhawiy, 1993:23-277 – Winter Bucky Jul 16 '20 at 1:48
  • Which musical instrument though? Yusuf Al-Qaradawiy has also been warned against by the major scholars of this era. Can you give me a link to the source? since when I google that it doesn't get me anywhere. I provided you with proof that the 4 imams are of consensus that (musical) instruments is haram, and there is no mention of an exception of things with "strings", to my knowledge..Heed where you take your religion from my brother.. – Ibrahim Elm Jul 17 '20 at 1:35

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