Here we go again in the azislam.com, Islamic information center site. If azislam.com has discussed some articles like importance of business in Islam, prayer for getting partner and fortune, and the law of receiving gifts in Islam, in this occasion, azislam.com will talk about some negative effects of music which are seen from the Islamic point of view. But before we start it, don’t forget to read another azislam.com articles like effects of social media in Islam & concept of entertainment in Islam.
Music is a part of art and about a cultural activities that already existed since a long time ago. The medium of music is sound and also vibration, that people could hear it and feel it that each music has a different form from one into another. In music we could find a melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics and many others that created it into a form of music style and type.
Where music also contained of two main things which is a vocal and an instrument such as guitar, violin, drum, flute and many others, it is also a form of an entertainment since a lot of people use music to entertain and feeling fun of it. An orchestra and musical concert for example is an entertainment that loved by so many people and be a part of entertainment’s industry.
Music in Islam
Music was first became famous in the western culture even it already existed since the ancient time, but western culture made it spread out.
In Islamic, music refer to religious music which it contained the remembrance and praise to Allah SWT. Some scholars have an opinion that music is haraam and some said it is allowed as long as the music does not contain of bad words or lead us into bad things such as adultery or forget the obligation to worship Allah SWT.
But music itself is a creation, the beautiful one that originally made to ease our heart and to make mankind happy. Islam does not restrict music or prohibit all music, what islam set in guideline is that music is a pure things and muslim should keep its purity by not contaminate music with evilist deed. Nowadays we find that music change into a rude and bad things, it is easy to find music filled with curse, insult to women, obscene, and vile words. Those music is prohibited in the view of Islam and should be avoided by all muslims.
Negative Effects of Music In Islam
From the above explanation we will focusing our discussion in a type of toxic music or a music that contained with vile words and bad intention. Since in Al-Qur’an it does not clearly stated about the prohibition of music, rather in the following verse said :
“And do not say about what your tongues assert of untruth, ‘This is lawful and this is unlawful,’ to invent falsehood about Allah. Indeed, those who invent falsehood about Allah will not succeed.” (QS. An-Nahl : 116)
As mentioned in the verse that we can not decide a thing forbidden or not but as a good muslim we must see something through the intention and its effect or impact to us. Thus the negative effects that may cause from music in Islamic view is as follow:
1. Forget of Allah SWT
Music can be addictive, sometimes we listen to it and dissolved into it, and because of that we forget of Allah SWT. We forget to remembrance Him and instead we spent an hours just listen in a music. From by Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari, the Prophet said:
“From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.'” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)
2. Wasting time
The negative effects of music is it will waste our time for nothing. Yes maybe we could listen to music for awhile to throw bored or to accompany us in doing several activities or make us more enthusiasm to work. But currently we spend most of our time listening to music, watching music in tv and forget on doing other activities.
3. It can encourage us to deny Islam and its though
There are such music that intoxicates muslims and lead them away from the path of Islam. Realized or not music made a person engage into it rhythm, melody, and lyrics which sometime the content is far from islam, teach about another though of religion, praise to other than Allah SWT, and so forth. And because we already dissolved into the music we start to learn, uttering, and pondering about the content which feared it would lead us into a wrong path.
4. Wasting our money
Concert, music performance, orchestra, or any other entertainment stuff generally held like almost every day and liked by many people. To attend in a short of event like that we usually charged by a ticket. Or if love a kind of music we pushed to buy it cd, digital songs, or even it merchandise. Without us knowing we start to buy and collected it, and we don’t care anymore about the price or money that we spend to earn it.
“O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert (them) from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment.” (QS. At-Tawbah : 34)
5. Lead us into idolatry
In music we also found several icon, idol (person), and certain symbol. When we idolize them to much we wear those icon or symbol or our idol. We become more interested and adore it excessively until we forget of Allah SWT.
“And (mention, O Muhammad), when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, ‘O my son, do not associate (anythin) with Allah. Indeed, association (with him) is great injustice.” (QS. Luqman : 13)
6. Forgetting prayer
Prayer is an obligation for every muslims, perform it on time is a must for every muslims. By listening music we forget times, surrounding and did not listen on prayer call. And when we realize it the time has passed, or when it is a time to perform prayer, we delayed it for a moment just to listen on the songs until they run out. This matter is feared as the negative effects of music in Islam.
7. Bring sins
“Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for who He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.” (QS. An-Nisa : 48)
As explained before that idolatry is forbidden in Islam, and moreover it is a form of a tremendous sins. Of course as a good muslims we don’t want to commit any sins especially such a tremendous sins that will not be forgiven by Allah SWT.
Those are the negative effects of music in Islam, another effects that may caused by music is below :
- An insult and vile words in music is forbidden in Islam
- Some music also had an inappropriate stuff in its content that will lead young generation into bad action
- Songs nowadays contain of immorality and a stage act that downright immoral
- Music also became a source of running away from reality
- It may bring sadness and desperate conditions through it lyrics
- Music present also became a medium of incorrect teachings and gender mixing
And that is the negative effects of music in Islam, good muslims will consider bad and good of a certain matter, and which one will brings good toward them.