أََلُغِنَاء رُقْيَاةُ زِنَاء!
Singing is the Facilitator to Adultery/Fornication!
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
السلام عليكم و رحمت الله و بركاته
A man came to ‘AbduLlah ibn ‘Abbas رضي الله عنه and asked him, “Is singing permissible?” He رضي الله عنه said, “Do you see the truth and the falsehood, when they come forth on the Day of Judgement, which side the music will be on?” He said, “It will be with the falsehood.” Then ‘AbduLlah رضي الله عنه said, “Go, you have answered your own question by yourself.”
- The gathering of haram things is mostly surrounded by haram things
- It doesn’t bring you closer to Allah سبحانه و تعالى
The early scholars used to say, “Music and the Qur’an can not be combined together in the heart.”
‘AbduLlah رضي الله عنه said, “Al ghinaa, ruqyatuz Zinaa” “Singing is the facilitator to zina’.”
Ibn Qudamah رحمه الله in at-Tawaabeen:
A righteous man listened to a song by lady one day. He stopped but the man called him in and put a curtain btw him and her. Then he allowed him to see her. Then he used to come daily to her and one day she claimed her love for him and he also did the same. But he feared Allah سبحانه و تعالى and went away weeping.
Yazid bin Waleed رحمه الله said, “O’ Bani Umayyah, stay away from singing because it will take the shyness away from the people and it will increase the desires and the lust of people. And will take the manly hood of the people. It will replace alcohol. If you are really going to do it, then at least keep it away from the women for singing is one of the callers to fornication.”
Also the Khalifah Sulaiman ibn ‘Abdul Malik رحمه الله heard someone singing and was upset. So, in the morning he had the singers gathered and said to them, “When the male horse makes his sound, the female horse prepares to mate. When camel makes a sound, the she camel gets ready for him. When the male goat makes the sound, the female goat gets ready. And the man would sing and the woman would long for him.” First he commanded them to punished very severely but the scholar ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رحمه الله said that it was not a prescribed punishment so later, they were sent to another area.
Anjashaa’ رضي الله عنه used to recite poetry with a very melodious voice and this would also enable the camels to be with ease. So once, during a journey, Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم told him to begin his recitation but some time later Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم told Anjashaa’ رضي الله عنه, “O’ Anjashaa’ stop now out of the fear of glass bottles (women).”
There was a man Ma’mar bin Mu’annath who narrates about a poet, Hutay’aa who was travelling with his daughter. He came near the people of Bani Kalb so they feared that he might dislike something from them and might attack them with poetry. So, the people of Bani Kalb said, “Tell us what you like so we can give it you and what you hate so we can stay away from it.” He said, “Do not visit me too much you’ll get bored of me and do not let me listen to the songs of your young men and women because singing is one of the facilitators to fornication.”
‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رحمه الله wrote to the teachers of his sons, “Let your first lesson be the hatred of musical instruments that begin with shaytaan and end with the wrath of Allah for it reached me from the people of knowledge that listening to songs grows hypocrisy in heart the same way water causes to grow.”
‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رحمه الله told his sons, “I warn you of singing, I warn you of singing, I warn you of singing! No one listens to except that Allah سبحانه و تعالى will cause him to forget Qur’an.”
Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “There will be people amongst my Ummah who will permit adultery/fornication, alcohol, silk for men and musical instruments.” [Sahih al Bukhari]
Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “Two sounds are accursed in this world and the next, the sound of musical instruments during the time of happiness and the sound wailing during a calamity.”
Imam Abu Hanifah رحمه الله said, “Singing is one of the biggest sins one needs to leave immediately
Imam Malik رحمه الله was asked by someone regarding the music and he said, “No one would do that except that they are rebellious (faasiq)!”
Imam ash-Shafi’i رحمه الله said concerning the person who listens to music, “He is a faasiq and his testimony is not to be accepted.”
He also said, “I left behind I Baghdad something which the heretics introduced which they called Taghbeer with which they distract people from the Qur’an.” Taghbeer is that type of poetry that encourages ascetic life and it is sung by someone whilst he strikes a rod against some kind of drum or dry skin.
Imam Ahmad رحمه الله said, “Music develops hypocrisy in the heart and I do not like it.”
Al Qasim رحمه الله said, “Singing is part of falsehood.”
Hasan al Basri رحمه الله said, “If there is music involved in a dinner invitation, then do not accept it”
Imam ibn Rajab al Hanbali رحمه الله said, “If anyone attributes the permissibility of music to nay of the respectable scholars then surely he has erred.”