Question
Is listening to islaamic nasheed allowed in islam?
for instance, the nasheeds of Sheikh Mishary Rashid Alafsy. Are they allowed in islaam?

Answer
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, it will be permissible to listen to “Islamic” Nasheeds if the following conditions are met: It should

not contain sounds of musical instruments ( even though it may be computerized)
not be for pure entertainment
not have haram content
not emulate music
not lead to negligence in Salah, the remembrance of Allah and other obligations of Shariah [1]
Very seldom do present day Nasheeds refrain from the abovementioned prohibitions.

It is a norm nowadays that Nasheeds are labelled as “Islamic” despite containing many things that are un-Islamic. The purpose of Nasheeds is

1. To create the love of Allah Ta’ala within the hearts of the listeners.

2. To encourage people to follow the Sunnah of Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.

3. To encourage the listeners to inculcate good qualities such as piety, love of Islam and preparation for the hereafter

4. To create an aversion for sin within the hearts of the people.

5. To enjoin good and forbid evil.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muntasir Zaman

Student Darul Iftaa
USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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