You can’t seem to escape it-at shopping malls or garages, in public transport passing by, stop at the traffic light and your ears are blasted with it from the car next to you, it’s in the pocket of many Muslims in the form of the ‘hell phone’, a cell phone rings in the Musjid or in a Bayaan and your concentration is disturbed by the musical ringtone. You phone a Muslim and as you are put on hold, your ears are shattered by sin as the music comes pouring in.
What is music? Music can simply be defined as the voice of Shaytaan calling people towards kufr. Behind such songs are subliminal messages that start influencing peoples ways of dressing, way of thinking and even affects ones religious beliefs.
Music is played in the cars of those who expect to have a safe journey, in the weddings of those who expect to have a blissful marriage and in the homes of those who want to live in peace and harmony. How can these people expect Allah to shower his mercy and help to them when they blatantly disobey his commands? How can they be with Allah when they live with shaytan?Many people think that music refers to songs sung by non-Muslims, but in fact nowadays many (Muslim singers) have musical instruments or sounds with the mouth (beat boxing) playing in the background while they sing about Allah and his beloved Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam.The people who listen to these kind of ‘Anasheed’ are misguided into thinking it is permissible to listen to it because the Munshid is a Muslim, when in fact it is completely Haraam.
Ibn Al –Jawzi has said, “You should know that listening to singing entails two things, First it distracts the heart from pondering over the greatness of Allah, praised is he, and engaging in his services. Second it inclines the heart to the seeking of quick pleasures that seek their fulfilment in all the sensory desires.”
Another harm of music, the complete waste of time it entails. People sit for hours listening to music, allowing their themselves to be trapped by the snares of Shaytaan, instead of freeing that themselves by listening to the melodious recitation of the Quraan. Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam has said, ‘music causes hypocrisy to grow in the heart just as water causes plants to grow.’ Hypocrisy is a grave sin as you are only deceiving yourself and those who practice it will be in the deepest of Jahannam. A recent study has shown that music also has harmful effects on the nervous system and is the cause of many ailments including ulcers, diabetes and madness. It creates an imbalance in human faculties, stunts spiritual development and lowers ones ethical values.