Date: 16th March 2018; 29th Jumada ath-Thaniya or 1st Rajab 1439;
Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP, (http://aljumaareminder.com/),
THE USAGE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IS HARAM YET SOME MUSLIMS CONSIDER IT LAWFUL
We have outlined the notes as follows:
وَقَالَ هِشَامُ بْنُ عَمَّارٍ حَدَّثَنَا صَدَقَةُ بْنُ خَالِدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ يَزِيدَ بْنِ جَابِرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَطِيَّةُ بْنُ قَيْسٍ الْكِلاَبِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ غَنْمٍ الأَشْعَرِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو عَامِرٍ ـ أَوْ أَبُو مَالِكٍ ـ الأَشْعَرِيُّ وَاللَّهِ مَا كَذَبَنِي سَمِعَ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ “ لَيَكُونَنَّ مِنْ أُمَّتِي أَقْوَامٌ يَسْتَحِلُّونَ الْحِرَ وَالْحَرِيرَ وَالْخَمْرَ وَالْمَعَازِفَ، وَلَيَنْزِلَنَّ أَقْوَامٌ إِلَى جَنْبِ عَلَمٍ يَرُوحُ عَلَيْهِمْ بِسَارِحَةٍ لَهُمْ، يَأْتِيهِمْ ـ يَعْنِي الْفَقِيرَ ـ لِحَاجَةٍ فَيَقُولُوا ارْجِعْ إِلَيْنَا غَدًا. فَيُبَيِّتُهُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَضَعُ الْعَلَمَ، وَيَمْسَخُ آخَرِينَ قِرَدَةً وَخَنَازِيرَ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ”.
Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari: that he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “From among my ummah there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.’ Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 5590]
A musical instrument is an instrument created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can be considered a musical instrument—it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument.
We will explain the notes as follows:
Let us start with the one word from the Arabic text; yes the one highlighted, underlined and bolded in purple. If you translate it to English you will get a partial meaning and not the full meaning. Yes by reading the English translation above you have not yet grasped the intensity that is being portrayed here. The word “la” and the shadda “nun” at the end of the word are used for emphasis. Let us re-represent the sentence above with the emphasis while focusing only on Musical instruments:
FROM AMONG MY UMMAH THERE WILL INDEED, SURELY, WITHOUT A DOUBT, BE SOME PEOPLE WHO WILL CONSIDER ….AND THE USE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AS LAWFUL……
Now you might be saying that this translation above is exaggerated but it is what it is; to be honest it would also be great if we could put blinking lights to add more emphasis but this is the kind of emphasis which was not captured in the first translation. Now then why did we start explaining the emphasis? It is because we want you to understand how the Sahaba could not comprehend that someone would consider the use of musical instruments as being lawful. We also want you to understand how much the Prophet (ﷺ) tried his best to emphasis as much as possible to get the point through that some people will consider the use of musical instruments as being lawful.
Who would have thought that even Muslims would consider musical instruments as Halaal (Lawful/Permissible):
- Nowadays Muslims consider the usage of musical instruments to be so lawful that they even have musical instruments playing during an Islamic lecture.
- Nowadays so many playlists which belong to Muslims have materials which have musical instruments playing as background music.
- Nowadays Muslims sing with musical instruments playing as background music.
- Nowadays Muslims listen to songs which have musical instruments playing in the background.
Why are some Muslims considering the usage of musical instruments as Halaal? Let us look at the Arabic word highlighted in green above via Lane’s Lexicon’s dictionary:
Well, is such a person who has reached the conclusion that the usage of musical instruments as halaal, really and sincerely believe that the Qur’an and Sunnah allowed it?
In case you were not aware that the usage of musical instruments is haraam (prohibited), you now know. Repent and do good deeds.
…Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds. That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice). (Qur’an 11:114)
If you don’t repent even after the clear evidences have come to you. You have most likely taken you desire as a god and have ridiculed the Messenger of Allah in this case (of considering the usage of musical instruments to be permissible). We are not judging you but we are just warning you.
We know of best what they say; and you are not a tyrant over them (to force them to Belief). But warn by the Qur’an, him who fears My Threat. (Qur’an 50:45)
And when they see you [O Muhammad (ﷺ)], they treat you only as a mockery (saying):”Is this the one whom Allah has sent as a Messenger? He would have nearly misled us from our aliha (gods), had it not been that we were patient and constant in their worship!” And they will know when they see the torment, who it is that is most astray from the (Right) Path! Have you [O Muhammad (ﷺ)] seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you then be a Wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worst than cattle). (Qur’an 25:41-44)
We as human beings are weak, if we don’t even acknowledge that we are weak and act arrogant; we will without a doubt be increasing our problems. At least acknowledge that it is wrong to consider the usage of musical instruments as halaal, will you not do at least that?
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