Listening to Songs

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Bāz [رحمه الله] said:

❝You may see a man appearing to be full of dignity, wisdom, delight of faith, solemnity of Islam and beauty of the Qur’an but once he listens to songs, his mind is disturbed, diffidence fades away, virility dwindles, delight vanishes, composure dies away, Satan becomes happy, faith complains about him to Allah and the Qur’an becomes inaccessible which thus, supplicates Allah [Exalted be He] not to make it coexist in one heart with the Qur’an of Allah’s enemy.

The man then deems good what he had deemed bad before listening to songs and starts to disclose the inner secrets of the soul. Staidness and calmness are then replaced by gossip, lying, ecstasy, and crackling fingers. The man then swings his head, shakes his shoulders, beats the ground with his feet, strikes his head, leaps like flies and turns like a beast moving a cartwheel. He then starts to clap hands as women do. Such a man may sometimes moan out of sadness and sometimes cry like a mad person.

An expert from among such listeners was truthful when he siad:

‘Do you remember the night when we gathered listening to good songs until morning? When the cup of songs was distributed among us and we were intoxicated without drinking. We felt nothing but the ecstasy full of joy that spread out there. When a caller to desires [singer] shouts out vanity soon becomes willing to come in. We then have nothing but our souls to sacrifice for the sake of eyes of the beautiful.’

Some pious men said, ‘Listening to songs causes some people to be hypocrites, others to be stubborn, others to be liars, others to be self-indulgent and others to be frivolous.’❞

[Fatwas of Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Bāz, (3/414) | Alifta]

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