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.


Islamic Songs:

Praise be to Allah.

The aayaat of the Quran and the Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) indicate that musical instruments (islamic songs) are condemned, and warn us against them. The Quran teaches that playing these instruments is one of the things that leads people astray and constitutes a mockery of the Signs of Allah.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Islamic Songs
Islamic Songs

“And of mankind is he who purchases idle talk to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah, without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, the Verses of the Quran) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).” [Luqmaan 31:6]

“[Allah said to Shaytaan;] ‘And istafziz [literally means befool them gradually] those whom you can with your voice, make assaults on them with your cavalry and your infantry, mutually share with them wealth and children, and make promises to them.’ But Shaytaan promises them nothing but deceit” [al-Isra’ 17:64]

Al-Tirmidhi reported in his Sunan (no. 1005) from Ibn Abi Layla from ‘Ata’ from Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) went to to al-Nakhl with ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf, when his son Ibraaheem was dying.

He took the child in his lap and his eyes filled with tears. ‘Abd al-Rahmaan said, ‘Are you weeping when you have forbidden us to weep?’ He said, ‘I do not forbid weeping. What I have forbidden is two foolish and evil kinds of voices: voices at times of entertainment and play and the flutes of the Shaytaan, and voices at times of calamity and scratching the face and rending the garments and screaming.’”

Al-Tirmidhi said: this is a hasan hadeeth. It was also reported by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak, no. 1683, al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan al-Kubra (4/69), al-Tayaalisi in Musnad (no. 1683) and by al-Tahhaawi in Sharh al-Ma’aani, 4/29, and it was classed as hasan by al-Albaani.

Islamic Songs & Music
Islamic Songs & Music

It was reported in a saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “In my ummah there will be people who allow fornication/adultery (zina), silk, wine and musical instruments [ma’aazif]. Some people will stay at the side of a mountain, and they will have flocks of sheep. When a poor person comes in the evening to ask them for something he needs, they will say. ‘Come back to us tomorrow.’ Then during the night Allah will destroy them by causing the mountain to fall upon them, while He changes others into apes and swine. They will remain in such a state until the Day of Resurrection.’”

(Reported by al-Bukhaari in al-Saheeh mu’allaqan, 51/10)

Al-Haafiz said in al-Fath (10/55): Ma’aazif refers to musical instruments. Al-Qurtubi reported from al-Jawhari that ma’aazif meant singing, and what it says in his book al-Sihaah is that it refers to musical instruments. It was also said that it is the sound of musical instruments. In a footnote by al-Dimyaati it says: ma’aazif is tambourines and other kinds of drums. The word ‘azif is applied to singing and all other kinds of instruments that may be played.

The evidence for this is that ma’aazif refers to all kinds of things used for entertainment. There is no dispute among scholars of the Arabic language on this point. If they were halaal, he would not have condemned those who permitted them, or compared permitting them to permitting wine and zina.

We may understand from the hadeeth that all kinds of musical instruments are forbidden. This is clear from the hadeeth for a number of reasons:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said “… there will be people who allow…” It is clear that the things listed here, including musical instruments, are forbidden in sharee’ah, but those people will allow them.

He compared musical instruments to things that are definitely known to be haraam, namely zina and alcohol. If instruments were not haraam, he would not have made this comparison. The evidence of this hadeeth that singing is haraam is definitive.

Music And Islam | Islamic Songs
Music And Islam | Islamic Songs

Even if no other hadeeth or aayah spoke about musical instruments, this hadeeth would be sufficient to prove that they are haraam, especially the kind of singing that is known among people nowadays, the essence of which is obscenity and foul talk, based on all kinds of musical instruments such as guitars, drums, flutes, ouds, zithers, organs, pianos, violins and other things that make it more enticing, such as the voices of these effeminate singers and whores.

As for these anaasheed (islamic songs) which are described as “Islamic” but are accompanied with musical instruments, giving them this name lends them some measure of legitimacy, but in fact they are singing and music, so calling them Islamic nasheeds is falsehood and deception. They cannot be a substitute for singing, as an evil thing cannot be substituted for another evil thing. We should replace something evil with something good. Listening to it on the grounds that it is Islamic and an act of worship is bid’ah, and Allah does not allow this.

And Allah knows best.

We ask Allah to keep us safe and sound.
(Source – Islam Q&A)

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