Singing and music in the view of Imam Abi Hanifa

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I saw in Internet (Islam on line) an essay written by Allama Yousuf Al-Qardhawi saying Four Imams have made Ghina (singing) Mabah (permissive) tied with conditions. I need information with reference in this regard especially the view of Imam Abi-Hanifa(RA) . Would you please help me? Regards

Farouq Azam, Ph.D.
Member, WIG, University of London

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi has been involved in many good works to empower Muslims, however it must be said as a matter of responsibility that his fataawa are very very lenient. For Scholars it is important to refer to our Mujtahideen e.g. the four schools of fiqh. Independent fiqh methodology is unorthodox, and not the quality of our Scholars of Haqq.

Notwithstanding that the Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi is active in good works, we do not concur with Sheikh on the use of musical instruments, and his justification thereof. It is sufficient proof for Muslims that since the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam, the Sahaba (Radhi-Allahu-Anhum), Tabi’een, and Scholars of Haqq (Rahmatullahi Alaihim) have pronounced them impermissible.

Perhaps, after reading this, it is apparent why sincere people like Dawud Wharnsbey and Yusuf Islam have taken to their guitars again which is a crying shame indeed. There are many nasheed artists that use full blown instruments, and it must be emphasised that this is simply not permissible to perform in this way, nor is it to listen to such nasheeds.

We concur with the following two, comprehensive fatwas.

Darul Iftaa – Music and Singing – A Detailed Article

Darul Iftaa – Islamic Songs with Musical Instruments and Daff

And Allah knows Best
Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
Halal Food Guide

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