Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam to play music or listen to it, whether it is
with or without singing, but with singing it is worse and more corrupting to
sound human nature and morals. What is said about some scholars having
excelled in it, that is true, but they are of the type of al-Faraabi, who
had no deep knowledge of Islamic religion and were not examples for the
Muslims to follow and their actions do not carry any weight. They are not
among the leaders of the Muslims in knowledge, ‘aqeedah or good deeds, such
as the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (may Allaah be pleased with them) and the
imams of the righteous salaf such as Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, al-Hasan al-Basri,
al-Shaafa’i, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Awzaa’i and others like them who had
Islamic knowledge and acted upon it. They are examples for those who came
after them (may Allaah have mercy on them).
As for using music to treat patients, it is not permissible,
and the Muslim has no need for that because he has other things such as
Islamic nasheeds and recitation of Qur’aan in a beautiful voice, and other
things that calm the nerves and bring joy to the heart, and increase the
Muslim’s faith in Allaah and belief in the divine will and decree (al-qada’
And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah send
blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta’ (26/216).