MUSLIM SERMON - SINGING AND MUSICAL
INSTRUMENTS ARE SATANIC
1) The nature of the battle between mankind and Shaytaan (Satan).
2) Musical instruments and singing are tools of deception used by Shaytaan.
The ruling on singing and musical instruments, its corruption, and the
pitfalls that songs and musical instruments can lead to.
brothers, the battle between Satan, supported by his human and jinn
soldiers, and the believers is endless; it never ceases. We experience
this battle each day, hour and even each minute. On the very day that
Allaah cursed him and dismissed him down to earth, Satan swore that he
would wage a bitter war in which he would mobilize all those he could
manage to corrupt. He adopted many methods and different means in order
to trap the children of Aadam. Among such traps through which he snares
people with little religious knowledge and understanding is listening
to songs accompanied by prohibited musical instruments. Songs make the
heart deviate from the Holy Qur'aan and turn towards ugly deeds and
vices. They are the "holy books" of Satan and the thick veil that
stands as a stumbling block between a person and his Lord. It is the
gate to adultery and sodomy. It is the means adopted by dissipated
lovers in order to attain their ends. It is the method through which
vicious jinns harm mankind.
all people, save those whom Allaah chose, are taken to singing to the
extent that you may find a father teaching his child how to sing and
encourage him to do this ugly deed. It has more than ten different
names in religion. It is called idle tales, nonsense, falsehood,
whistling and clapping, the gate to adultery, the holy book of Satan,
the source of hypocrisy in hearts, the foolish voice, the dissolute
voice, the voice of Satan, the piper of Satan, and Sumood (singing in
the dialect of the old people of Yemen).
names indicate its characteristics. What evil and wicked names! As for
its first name, it has been mentioned in Allaah's saying which means:
"But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without
knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allaah and
throw ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a humiliating
Penalty. When Our Signs are rehearsed to such a one, he turns away in
arrogance, as if he heard them not, as if there were deafness in both
his ears: announce to him a grievous Penalty." ( Luqmaan: 6-7).
Mas`ood said: "I swear by Allaah that these "idle tales" are nothing
but songs." He repeated it thrice. Ibn `Umar and Ibn `Abbaas, may
Allaah be pleased with them, said the very same thing. These Companions
were living when the Qur'aan was revealed and hence they are among the
most versed in interpreting the words of Allaah. They interpreted these
"idle tales" as songs. You will never find any person taken to singing
and listening to musical instruments without at least a degree of
deviation from true guidance. He does not have the desire to listen to
the Qur'aan and even prefers songs to it, to the extent that if he had
to choose between the two, he would listen to songs. Even if he listens
to the Qur'aan, he finds it hard to understand and assimilate it, and
this may lead him to ask the one reciting to stop his recitation
session because he feels that it is too long. As for songs, he asks the
singer for more and feels that the song was very short.
came to Ibn `Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, and asked him:
“What is the legal judgment pertaining to singing? Is it permissable or
prohibited?” Ibn `Abbaas replied: “On the Day of Judgment, will singing
be classified with truth or falsehood?” The man said: “With falsehood”.
Ibn `Abbaas commented: “You have reached the judgment yourself”.
are the gateway to adultery as they contain inviting the beloved to an
appointment, sitting with him (her) alone, practicing love, friendship,
and lamentation over missing him (her). Besides this, songs call for
dissolution of the veiling of women. Al-Fudhayl Ibn `Iyaadh said:
“Songs are the gate to adultery”. Yazeed bin Al-Waleed also said: “O
Bani Umayyah, beware of songs. They decrease decency, increase lust,
and do away with one's integrity. It has the very same effect of wine
and even replaces it. If you have no alternative but to listen to
songs, do not let your women do the same, because songs are the gateway
are more affected by songs, musical tunes and the meanings of their
words than any one else. Listening to songs may lead a girl to fall in
love with the singer, to the degree that his songs and pictures are
never far away from her mind. Is there an evil temptation greater than
this? Many are the decent girls who have become prostitutes because of
cultivate hypocrisy in one's heart just like grains grow and thrive in
the presence of water, as Ibn Mas`ood said. Songs and Qur'aan can never
co-exist in a believer's heart because of their contradictory nature.
The Qur'aan enjoins us not to follow our lusts, or the footsteps of
Satan and to stick, instead, to virtuousness. As for songs, they invite
us to the opposite.
not true that songs encourage one to satisfy his lusts? Don't they
motivate one to practice each and every bad deed? Don't they tempt a
person to have an affair with a woman or even a child? Songs and wine
are companions, and they tempt one to commit sins and evil deeds. Satan
made a bargain between these two evils so that, together, they will
support each other in calling to corruption. Songs lead to prohibited
adoration and committing ugly deeds. O Allaah, keep us away from Your
Wrath and things which lead to Your Punishment. Hereby I end my sermon
and ask Allaah for forgiveness.
praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds Who guides whomever He
wills to His straightforward path. May Allaah have peace, mercy and
blessings on His slave and Messenger, Muhammad, his family and
Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam warned against listening to songs
and musical instruments, as he said: "There will be people of my
Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical
instruments to be lawful'' (Bukhaari)
such things mentioned in the hadith had been lawful, the Prophet
sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam would have never condemned those who
consider them legal, and he would not have mentioned them along with
the already prohibited wine and silk.
bin S`ad As-Sa`di reported that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi
wasallam said: "This Community will experience the swallowing up of
some people by the earth, the metamorphosis of some into animals, and
being rained upon with stones.'' Someone asked, ``When will this be, O
Messenger of Allah?''. He said, ``When female singers and musical
instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.''(Ahmad &
four Imaams ruled singing to be prohibited. Imaam Maalik used to
prohibit it and say: It is done by wicked people. He also said: If one
bought a slave girl and found that she is a singer, he has the full
right to return her because of this defect.
Haneefah hated singing and considered it a sin. His followers believed
that listening to all musical instruments, such as the pipe (wind
instrument) is prohibited. They also said that it is a sin that makes
the person to be considered dissolute and his testimony is not accepted.
Shaafi`i, his followers believe that listening to songs is prohibited.
They also said that hiring a singer, practicing songs as a profession,
giving money to a singer as a remuneration are all prohibited just like
giving money in return of the already prohibited animal's blood and
corpse. They also believe that using a pipe is prohibited. If the pipe,
which is the simplest of all musical instruments is prohibited, what
about the flute and other instruments?
Ahmed's School of Jurisprudence, his son `Abdullaah said: I asked my
father about singing, and he replied: It cultivates hypocrisy in hearts
and therefore I do not like it. Then he mentioned the saying of Imaam
Maalik: It is done by dissolute (loose or evil) people.
listening to songs sung by a female or a beardless lad, it is
considered as one of the gravest sins that corrupts one's religion.
brother, if you commit this sin or your family does it at home, hasten
to repent to Allaah for He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful as He
said which means: "Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-Forgiving,
Most Merciful." (Al-Hijr: 49).
to sincere repentance and know that whenever a person gives up an evil
act for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with far better
than what he abandoned. I would like to express my gratitude to those
who abstain from committing sins and abandon evil acts and deeds
practiced by the people of our time. They are the ones who have
attained true happiness.
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