Praise be to Allaah.
The saheeh evidence
indicates that it is haraam to listen to musical instruments, as has been
explained in detail in the answer to question no.
5000. So it is not
permissible to accompany nasheeds with any kind of music, or effects that
imitate music, such as some rhythms that can be produced on the computer,
which sound no different to music in making the listeners enjoy the sound
and behave in a foolish manner; moreover using these rhythms is an
imitation of evil and immoral people.
Shaykh al-Albaani (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said: There may be another sin involved in that
[i.e., nasheeds], which is that they may be performed in the manner of
immoral songs and performed according to the rules of eastern or western
music which makes the listeners enjoy it and makes them dance and behave in
a foolish manner. So the aim becomes the tune and the enjoyment thereof, and
not nasheed per se. This is a new error, and it is an imitation of the
kuffaar and immoral people. That may lead to a further error, which is
imitating them in turning away from the Qur’aan and forsaking it, and being
included in the general meaning of the complaint of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as Allaah says (interpretation of the
meaning): “And the Messenger (Muhammad صلى
الله عليه وسلم) will say: ‘O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this
Qur’aan (neither listened to it nor acted on its laws and teachings)’”
[al-Furqaan 25:30]. End quote from Tahreem Alaat al-Tarb (p.
It is well known that
sharee’ah forbids listening to musical instruments because of the effect
that their sound has on the heart, filling it with hypocrisy and making it
turn away from the word of Allaah, so that it does not find any joy it
except in these songs. And it is well known that some of these rhythms are
more enjoyable than musical instruments, and their effect on the listener
may be greater than the effect of musical instruments. So they are no less
than them. It cannot be the case that sharee’ah would forbid one thing
because of its evil effects then allow something that is similar to it or
worse than it.
If the sound of these
rhythms is like the sound of musical instruments, then they come under the
same ruling as musical instruments and are haraam, and maybe more
No exception is made from
the prohibition of musical instruments except in the case of the daff (a
kind of hand drum) only, in certain situations. That has been explained in
the answer to question no. 20406.
If these rhythms are like
the sound of the daff, then there is nothing wrong with listening to them in
the situations in which it is permissible to listen to the daff.
And Allaah knows best.