Why are Music and Dancing not Allowed in Islam?
First, I will come to music than I come to dance and as far as music is concerned our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said musical instruments as a general rule they are prohibited except He gives permission for the duff, that’s a one-sided open drum beside that the Prophet prohibited it because if you analyze it takes a person away from the remembrance of Allah the Almighty, that is the reason when we hear all these film songs whether it be Hindi or any other language, you find that in these songs most of the words that are mention, they are far away from reality, you know the hero tells the heroine, I will get the stars for you, I will get the moon for you, LOL.
We know it’s not possible, no man can get the stars or the moon for his lover but yet we keep on repeating so because of this general rule is that music does take a person from the remembrance of the Almighty and that is a reason our Beloved Prophet (SAW) prohibited music in instrument except for duff or as generally with your voice, for example: when a person recites the Quran and his voice is good, that’s permitted because that takes a person towards Almighty Allah.
The musical instruments along with background do create a different ambiance otherwise singing is (Mubah) optional as long as the words of the song they take you towards your creator Allah. If the words of the song take you away from the Allah even that type of song is prohibited.
Now coming to the second part of the question that is dance, Why is dancing prohibited? There is no verse in Quran or any Hadith that I know of which say dancing is Haram but normally because people dance to show to the other people, you know we have dance performance on the stage and thousands of watching you so normally in terms of Hijab reason and we wouldn’t like to expose our ladies, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters on the stage and thousands of people looking at them so any so any profession in which the body is used as a show as to entertain the people, it is prohibited that is the reason dancing in public and dancing in parties where the opposite sex mixing many times and the rules of dancing they conflict with the rule of Islamic Shariah and normally today we have girlfriends and boyfriends and you dance in front of other people so because it breaks the system of Islamic Hijab and that is the reason first face it is prohibited.
We have to realize that many times when you dance, you dance in public, you dance in parties and you move around otherwise with your wife you can do what you want as long as it doesn’t go against the Islamic Shariah but because most of the time dancing exploits the body and it includes singing, dancing.
We Muslims love and protect our mothers, our daughters and we don’t want to exhibit them and that is the reason profession which involves singing in public or dancing or modeling, these professions are prohibited.