Disputing the Prohibition of Music and the Guitar
Q. I need some assistance please. There is a Hadith that has been certified to be weak in the attached article:
‘From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal-sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk (clothes), the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.’
Although this Hadith is in Sahih Al-Bukhari, its chain of transmission is not connected to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and this invalidates its authenticity. Ibn Hazm rejects it for that very reason. Moreover, the sub-narrator, Hisham Ibn `Ammar, is declared ‘weak’ by many scholars of the Science of Hadith Methodology.
Besides, this Hadith does not clearly prohibit the use of musical instruments, for the phrase ‘consider as lawful,’ according to Ibn Al-`Arabi, has two distinct meanings: First: Such people think all these (the things mentioned) are lawful. Second: They exceed the proper limits that should be observed in using these instruments. If the first meaning is intended, such people would be thus disbelievers.
I need your opinion on this please? The main reason behind this article is that I am arguing with a family member whether or not a guitar is allowed in our home.
A. The prohibition of music is a fourteen century Ijma’ ruling of this Ummah. Legalizing music is tantamount to legalizing zina, legalizing alcohol and legalizing silk for males. Bringing musical instruments into the home is akin to making one’s home a brothel and den for prostitutes as the Hadeeth Shareef connects these terrible vices. Your family member’s desire to turn your home to a rave and disco club is the stepping stone to worse evils. The very evils the Hadeeth prophesies will be enacted step-by-step with the introduction of the guitar to the home. Singing and dancing girls go hand-in-glove followed by the drinking of wine and ultimately in the shameless act of zina. For such misfortunate people, awaits the supreme disgrace and chastisement in this dunya of their transformation into apes and swine as the Hadeeth of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) declares.
You should understand that your family member has fallen prey to his bestial nafs and he is being led by Shaitaan to pave the way for Dajjaal-e-Akbar whose toys of deception will be music, singing, prostitutes and liquor. Hidaayat lies solely in the Hands of Allah Ta’ala. You should, firstly, supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to extricate your family member from the web of deception Shaitaan has spun around him and, secondly, offer him naseehat to desist from peddling the wares of Satan. Be firm in the face of Shaitaan’s encroachment in your home. We, too, make Du’aa unto Allah Ta’ala to save us all from the evil lurking in our nafs which has unfortunately trapped many of our brethren in a cauldron of haraam, fisq and fujoor. O Allah! Save the Ummah of Your Habeeb, Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) from the pitiable condition it is floundering in.
All the “arguments” tendered to scuttle the 14 Century Prohibition of music are flimsy attempts to soothe the carnal nafs and please Iblees. By what stretch of Islamic Logic can music and musical instruments ever be legalized when Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) emphatically stated that he had been sent to destroy and obliterate musical instruments! The Ahadeeth prohibiting the abomination of singing, music and musical instruments are so vast that it is only one who is in an advanced stage of spiritual ruin who will even entertain the notion of the tools of Shaitaan to be permissible.
All the arguments tendered by the legions of Iblees in favour of music have been thoroughly debunked in the Mujlisul Ulama’s two laudable works on the subject. The titles of the two books are:
- Music, Musical Instruments and Singing
- Sautush Shaitaan (The Voice of Shaitaan)
These books are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.