The Islamic Ruling on Music and Singing

The legality of music and singing in the Islamic sbarfah (the divinely-revealed law) is an issue which is hotly debated among individuals and scholars in Islamic societies of our present day. Arriving at the correct view requires unbiaseescholarly research of the available literature which must be supported by authentic, decisive proof.
A considerable amount has been said and written both for and against this subject. and the proliferation of doubt and confusion necessitates another more critical, meticulous analysis and assessment of this whole matter, in order for one to come to a clear. decisive conclusion which leaves not the least bit of doubt in the mind of the reader.
In hope of achieving such a difficult and lofty goal, I have applied a distinctive method which I trust, by Allah’s leave, will succeed in achieving these treasured aims and objectives.
Firstly, I analysis and assessed the claims made by differing factions that certain Quraanic verses support or prohibit the legality of the issue at hand. Secondly, I stringently researched the area of pertinent hadeeth literature in order to shed light on the issue as well as to dispel a number of misconceptions about the authenticity of certain traditions. Thirdly, I presented a consensus of the Islamic scholars with special reference to the pious predecessors of the Islamicunmuh; i.e. the noble companions. the taabfeen, the famous imams and other jurisprudents (fuqahaa). Fourthly, I attempted to explain the inflate wisdom which underlies the ruling of prohibition as ordained by the divinely-revealed sbari’ah. Fifthly, I cited examples of exceptions to the general rule of prohibition. as either defined by the authentic sunnah or agreed upon by the scholars. Finally, I presented a synopsis of the shar’iah texts and a conclusion which clarifies the prohibited aspects of music, singing and their adjuncts.


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