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Why is music forbidden in Islam and what evidence supports this?

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I have recently found that a number of my Muslim acquaintances, are listening to music. I wanted the evidence from you as to why music is forbidden in Islam, thereafter i will Bi-idhnillah be able to show this evidence to these people and they will stop doing this sinful act InshaAllah.
Jazakumullahu Khair

Bismihi Ta’ala

There are many evidences from the Qur’an and Sunnah upon the fact that Music is Haraam.

Many books have also been written on the topic. I will mention a few evidences.

1. And of mankind is he who pays for mere pastime of discourse, that he may mislead from Allah’s way without knowledge, and makes it the butt of mockery. For such there is a shameful doom. (Luqman verse 6)

Imaam Ibn Kathir mentions a narration under this verse. Abu Sahbaa al-Bakri says that he once heard Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud being asked regarding this verse. He said: “mere pastime of discourse is Music, I swear by Allah who has no partner”. He repeated this three times.

A companion of Rasoolullah is swearing by Allah that this is the meaning of the verse. There cannot be any other possibilities.

2. Musical instruments are Haraam (Baihaqi)

3. Music grows hypocrisy in the hearts just as water grows agricultural products. (Abu Dawud)

Mufti Yaseen Shaikh

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