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Music leads to hypocrisy

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Can you please grade the following Hadith and give an explanation:

Music makes hypocrisy grow in the heart just as water makes crops grow.


This is more authentically recorded as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu).

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith:  4744-4745. See Al-Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 731 and Sharhul ihya, vol. pg.525. Also see here)


All sins are detestable in Shari’ah. However, some sins have an effect of leading a person onto sin further.

One such sin is music, which has always been predominantly associated with vice. Where there is music, there is generally dancing, intermingling, women, intoxicants, zina and vulgarity to name a few.

Abundant indulgence in sin (without repentance) can eventually lead one out of the fold of Islam.

This warning from Sayyiduna Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) is indeed very apt and full of wisdom.

‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahullah) states that this means that music is the main cause for hypocrisy.

(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 5809)

Therefore, the more one engages in music, the more closer he gets to hypocrisy.

May Allah Ta’ala save us. Amin.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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