Date : 13-02-2019

Question :

What is the ruling of Islam on listening to music?

The Answer :

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

If the music is accompanied with what is prohibited, such as indecent talk, which promotes vice and ends virtue, or dissolute pictures and videos, then it is definitely prohibited. Rather, there is consensus on this amongst scholars based on the prohibition of music when accompanied with evil actions, such as drinking. Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari narrated that he heard the Prophet (Blessings and peace be upon him) saying, "From among my followers 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."{Related by Bukhari}.

However, scholars have disagreed about the ruling on listening to music when not accompanied with evil actions, doesn`t involve prohibited matters, and doesn`t arouse sexual desires. And Allah the Almighty knows best.