When a person sings, Allah sends two devils to sit on his shoulders

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When a man raises his voice with singing [music], Allah sends two devils to sit on his shoulders, beating their heels on his chest until he keeps silent”



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7825)


‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, “Tabarani has recorded this Hadith with several chains. The narrators of one of these chains have been declared credible [by some], and weak [by others].”

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 119. Also see: Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7749)


The Hadith is suitable to quote.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from 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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