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Punishment for Music

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

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Assalam Alaikum Brother Burhan!

 

Alhamdulillah i have been recieving ur mails for quite some time and i am happy to be one of the member of this group.

 

Actually in one question asked by one of our sister/brother regarding ablution, u answered, that while starting the ablution before u start u have to say Bismillah Arahman Araheem, but what i read from the Hadees i never found about this only i found in the Hadees was" Bismillah" and then u have to start the ablution.

 

Rest what u told was exactly what is said in the books.

 

Secondly i have been hearing about some hadees regarding punishments for the muslims who listen to the music, are their any sahih hadees mentioning punishment for the muslims who go to see dance and "mujra" and watch movies at home our listen to the music.

 

Please help me in this mater.

 

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Punishment for Music

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Bismillah means In the name of Allah, and Bismillah ar Rahmaan ar Raheem means In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. If one starts his wudu with either statement it will be considered valid and accurate.

 


Your Question: Secondly i have been hearing about some hadees regarding punishments for the muslims who listen to the music, are their any sahih hadees mentioning punishment for the muslims who go to see dance and "mujra" and watch movies at home our listen to the music.

There is absolutely no harm if one listen to legal music or inspirational songs, or watches good educational or historical films to gain knowledge, or watches folk or legal dancing without the mixing of sexes, etc. What is prohibited and discouraged in Islam is to listen to illegal string music which serve no purpose except to invigorate ones sexual emotions, or vulgar dancing where women and men are mixed, or watch indecent movies and films which serve no purpose other than increasing indecency in society.

 

There is no specific Aayah in the Quran or an authentic narration of the Messenger of Allah (saws) which specifically prescribes the punishment for listening to illegal music. To listen to illegal music, or watch indecent films, or vulgar dances or mujrahs is considered fahisha or indecent in Shariah and a path that leads one to greater evils. Allah and His Messenger (saws) have guided the believers, who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day, to abstain from any sort of fahisha or indecency and vulgarity.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

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OK Burhan,

Heres a tough one.

 

Between smoking cigarettes & listening to music/songs , which is a bigger sin ?

 

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Which is a bigger sin, Music or smoking?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

The truth of the matter is both, smoking and music, are displeasing to Allah. And whatever is displeasing to Allah Subhanah is a sin. Although neither smoking nor music are regarded as kabaair (major sins) in Islam, they are still sins and one must strive to avoid both of them. There is an authentic narration where the Prophet of Allah(saws) said, that if one does a minor sin repeatedly, it takes the position of a major sin.

 

To directly answer your question of which sin is bigger, it is very difficult to determine between two minor sins, which one is bigger. For a believer, both should be considered as sins and he should strive hard and beg Allah to help him stay away from these sins. It is not that one has to choose one of the two minor sins and do the smaller one! Its best for the believer to stay away from all things that are displeasing to His Creator major and minor!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 7 Surah Al-Araaf verse 157:

So, now Mercy has been assigned to those who follow this Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whose mention they shall find in the Torah and the Gospel. He (Mohamed(saws)) enjoins them to do good and forbids them for evil. He makes pure things halaal for them and impure things haraam. He relieves them of their burdens and frees them from the shackles that they bound themselves with (of customs and pagan rituals).

 

Allah and His Messenger (saws) declared all the pure things halaal for the believers, and the impure things haraam. If something harms the body or the soul, it will be considered impure and thus illegal in Islam. There is absolutely no doubt that cigarettes harm the body, and music harms the soul; thus both are forbidden to the believers.

 

Although cigarettes have not been specifically mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, the scholars are unanimous that cigarette smoking is detrimental to ones body (which has been given as a trust to the human being by Allah). And thus it is a sin to abuse anything which Allah has bestowed upon His slaves. Some scholars have even declared cigarette smoking haraam in light of the Quran and Sunnah.

 

Music (string/blowing instrument music) has been specifically mentioned in the many ahaadiths of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and has been termed the handiwork of Shaitaan. Music/songs that stir or arouse ones sexual desires or propagate shirk are absolutely illegal and forbidden in Islam.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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