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The Status of Music in Islam

by Saleem Bhimji

Music Causes Shamelessness and Hypocrisy

The Sixth Imam, Ja'far ibn Muhammad has also stated:

"The playing of the violin promotes the growth of hypocrisy in the heart like water assists the growth of vegetation (algae)." (Wasa'il ash-Shi'a)

The Imam also says: "If drums and cymbals are played at one's house, then for forty days, Allah will impose a Satan by the name of 'Qafandar'.

The satans will infiltrate into every cell of the person's body. With the spread of this evil, the person loses all sense of dignity and self-esteem.

One will then not care as to what he says or what is said about him.

Then, this Satan will blow into this person and as as a result, one will become utterly shameless.

So much so that he will not be concerned or affected even if his women are dishonored." (Wasa'il ash-Shi'a)

It is usually observed that people in whose homes music is played on a regular basis, either using musical instruments, by radio, CD, MP3, 4 or cassettes, are absolutely shameless and wanton.

Musicians and Songs

Muaddal Ibn Ziyad says: "I was in the company of Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq when a person said,

"When I go to the toilet, I can hear the singing girls of my neighbor. Sometimes, I remain (in the toilet) a bit longer so that I may listen to more of it."

Imam replied: "Desist from listening to music and songs attentively."

Then this man further said, "Master, I do not go to music gatherings! I only hear the sounds!" The Sixth Imam said, "Have you not read the Quranic verse: 

"Surely, the hearing and the sight and the heart, all of these shall be questioned about that?" (Surah Bani Isra'il 17:36)

The man replied: "I was not aware of this verse and thus, I regret my actions. I shall not listen (to music) in the future.

I repent for my past sins and I seek forgiveness from my Lord."

Seeing his condition, Imam said: "Get up! Go perform ghusul, offer Salat and pray for your forgiveness.

You have certainly been involved in a deadly sin and a terrible situation.

You have repented for it and I thank Allah for that; and I seek forgiveness of Allah for all those things that He dislikes.

Certainly, Allah only dislikes the evil things. Leave the evil things for the evil people, because there are different people suitable for different things.

(Al-Kafi Chapter on Music).