Learning how to play musical instruments

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I want to know if it is permissible for a Muslim child to learn to play a musical instrument such as the organ (electric piano) through classes
at home or at a special centre. There is much talk of how music stimulates creativity brain growth and so on. With this in mind would it be haram to
permit him to learn? We don’t generally listen to music as a family but sometimes we watch (clean) movies or cartoons that have music in them.
Sometimes our son comes home from school and requests a certain song that he heard on the bus or his classmates singing to be played and we oblige by playing the song a few times on the computer. Is this permissible? Also what about allowing small children to listen to nursery rhymes and Islamic songs which have clean lyrics but also music in them – can they do this?



  1. All musical instruments have been declared as haraam and forbidden, be they electric or non-electric. Irrespective of the reasons you wish to engage in these things, they are haraam and forbidden.
  2. As above. The hadeeth says that Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was sent to destroy all musical instruments.
  3. The same as above.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)