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  1. Jazakallah for this Article. I constantly battle with the fitna of listening to music. I resolve not to listen to music and it works for a few weeks, however, my resolve diminishes and I end up giving into the temptation. However, when my resolve is strong, I have experienced all the benefits of being closer to Allah (swt) that you have highlighted. Your post is very motivating. Insha Allah and with His help, I hope to give it up altogether.

  2. SubhanAllah what a beautiful article!

    JazakAllah Khayr for sharing your experience with us, may Allah swt increase you in closeness to Him Insha Allah.

    I have had a similar experience when I gave up watching TV. Surprisingly I always used to wonder what I would do with my time if I stopped watching, but its been a few years now and I have ended up doing so many productive things instead and now I even find that my time is too short to do all the things I wish to do. I think we have realize as the article pointed out, that we have become reliant on media , like music and TV, and we need to break that reliance and focus our efforts and our time on doing things that will please Allah swt instead. No one should be afraid or wonder what their life will be like without these things, because the results are always only positive.

    May Allah guide us all Insha Allah.

    PS: The video added in the article was short but very profound, it really makes one think and ponder. JazakAllah Khayr once again!

  3. Nice Article
    I do not listen to any western music, I think it is done to take one away from Allah(SWT) and its lyrics are really bad, but some music, which helps one to get closer to ALLAH(SWT) and Prophet Muhammad(SAW) helps one to think positive, I admit I do listen to Indian songs, but the effect that songs, from , Sami Yusuf or Mahir Zain or any Muslim artists sings, just brings one to a state of peace and love and for me, it brought me closer to Allah(SWT), it might sound funny and weird, but the lyrics are powerful and it brings one closer to the remembrance of Allah(SWT).
    So we can achieve this goal with or without MUSIC, its just what type of music we listen to

    • Bro it is this kind of thinking that brought me back to music after giving it up for a long time. As a result my eemaan got weaker and weaker and my overal wellbeing got lower. In fact it is Awakening Records that brought me back to listen to both new and popular Pop and Rap music. It is the musical instruments in the background that poisons the soul because it is fueled by shaytaan. You can read the Islamic ruling on Music here:

      • I listen to mahir zain and sami yusuf and naats on my phone and in my car and through their music, I do not even have the feeling to listen to pop or rap or any western music, I feel that it has a negative impact on one’s soul and through Islam music, I remember Allah(swt) and the Prophet Muhammad(saw)
        I would insist on listening to sami yusuf’s song, Ya Nabi :)
        I get the whole instruments thing, but if something is being used for the sake of good and to spread love and peace, we all know the world is in need of love and peace and it motivate us to do good, then i do not see the negative impact of using instruments. its the same with phones, it can take one into the pits of hell, if we do not use it properly, the same goes with our money and instruments.

        • Basically music and use of musical instruments are poisonous for the soul in nature whether you hear the so-called islamic songs by mahir zain or sami yusuf its completely against sunnah and hadith that mentions the silk , zina & musical instruments. You can watch the. Video that is part mufti menk’s lecture


      • Assalamu alaykum brother, i think what you focus on is what you hear. I totally agree with the sisters the words used by Sami Yusuf and others connects you back to your deen. sorry am not trying to judge but i think the pop and rap music thing have eaten so much into your soul that your mind,body and soul have mastered it therefore you remember it whenever you hear sound instruments regardless of whethe it is from an Islamic song or what have you so my advise will be for you to do some self battling to fight it out within you by filling your mind with positive thoughts, recitation of the Qur’an and Dhikr. May Allah make it easy for us all.

    • I can relate to you very much. I also listen to Islamic Arabic music and it inspires me, but I am trying to swap that with Quran, or Dua every now and then. But my problem is that i struggle to ask for forgiveness and make good dua. I get embarrassed and feel like i’m not good enough… Everyone says its simple, but i find it hard to get myself to do it.
      Insha’allah i will continue to listen to more Quran and try my best to keep the remembrance of Allah(SWT) in my words.

    • I agree with it depends of the type of the music you listen : for example singers as Harris J, Maher Zain, Omar Esa or Isamel Belouche make us more confidant in our religion.

  4. What a beautiful article. My story is almost exactly the same….where I always thought it was impossible to study without music and knowing all latest Indian Bollywood songs and never driving without music to only listening to Islamic lectures while driving and really enjoying listening to Quran tafseer and Nouman Ali Khan and others regularly.
    My switch over happened when I saw my baby girl moving with music and realized that’s all she hears so I went and bought an Azan clock and switched to nasheeds while driving. And alhumdulillah from there only found pleasure in listening to Quran and Islamic lectures.
    But then my dilemma is that although my kids (now teenagers) have either listened to nasheeds when they were young and now past many years nothing……. They still are into music with headphones plugged in.
    I will make them read this article but does anyone has some advice that would help them if not leave then atleast reduce music in their lives.

    JazakAllah Khair

  5. Beautiful Article!!!
    Such beautiful advice given as well!!
    I believe it is a MUST share then! I am going to share it on my snapchat so those who have added me can get ride of these things they are doing with music…add me up for this upcoming reminder in sha Allaah, lovemuslimah is my snapchat name

  6. Alhamdulillah jazakkillahu khair for the great article! It’s so refreshing and contagious to know about another’s story & reflection to strive better for Allah. I’ve drastically reduced (God forgive my slip ups) listening to music other than the ones reminding me of Islam. In fact, like most things, it was more than complex (than music), it was the whole youtube-social media-dunia suffocation. Alhamdulillah it’s especially because it’s exam season (had my first yesterday & second tomorrow, pray for me? Heheee) and I failed one last semester (this is a whole other topic <3). SubhanAllah I realised how much time I have wasted – my entire life – on youtube, only Allah knows. It reminds me of verses in the Quran where Allah asks when death is at our throats where are those that we 'worship' other than Him? Astaghfirullah. We don't know how much time we have left… I have also been introduced to the concept of Ghazwul Fikr (in short, how the West is trying to misguide us out of Islam, may Allah protect us). I am actually starting to live more of the life I've been dreaming all this while. One tip is to make it a thing to not be dependent on your phone e.g. switch off its internet during class/revision, place it on the table & not under your pillow at night, use a watch instead to check the time, have a relationship with the physical Quran instead of Quran apps, & no phones on the dinner table! Wallahi Islam is so liberating… Maa shaa Allah. May Allah keep us in istiqomah & grant us husnul khatimah ameen.

  7. SubhanAllah as if I was reading about my own experience. The only difference is that I stopped on May 2014 and I noticed how memorizing Quran became so much easier and done effortlessly. However I do feel at times like listening to some music
    especially when the ppl around continuously listen to it. alhamdullilah for the fact that I don’t feel any attachment towards it like I used to. Thank you for sharing your story:)

    • Alhamdulilah! That’s also true, the Quran became much easier to learn after stopping music. May Allah keep us steadfast and continue to love what he loves. Ameen

  8. I think your article came as a sign for me , I stopped listening to music couple of days ago and I am hoping not to return to it again , I think life without music become more peaceful and making soul calmer ,hoping all people trying to implement a new habit succeed ,the road is hard and well done for your excellent writing .

  9. What a beautiful article. My daughter is addicted to music but insha ALLAH I will use the tips here to try and make her change her way of life. Jzk

  10. Jazakallah khayr for sharing. I have realized music leads to hypocrisy, laziness and negatively affects worship.

  11. Though I no longer a listen to music as much as I did few years back, but I’m going to implement what you mentioned, to be able to completely give it up. In sha Allah.
    Jazaakumullahu khair.

  12. Subhan Allah.. Wonderful article and In Shaa Allah, I’ll surely share this among my friends and families.
    To be frank, I was someone who couldn’t be without music, but, wallahi, the recitation of the Qur’an is more soothing than the music.. Even I wanted to draw closer to Allah.. So I stopped listening to music and watching movies.. It was a hard step, but I decided to go for it.. We need to push ourselves to stop the acts which makes us far from Allah.. Getting closer to Allah is something which cannot be replaced by anything else in this world.. If anyone of you find difficult by leaving music, try to replace it with the recitation of the Qur’an instead of music.. The effort you take, Allah will surely appreciate and help us in it.. May Allah guide us all to the straight path, Aameen..

  13. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, very good article.
    The words have power, the sort of words we say, they impact us. Just look at this example how two people fight because of wrong choices of words, on the other hand if we appreciate and say it rightly it would have a calm effect on us. These are words which make us feel insecure, motivated.
    I wonder why Allah (SW) asked us to recite Quran every day.. Same words every day, I feel that reading Quran would make our personality the way Allah (SW) want us to be.
    Every thing whatever we think Allah (SW) has asked us to do is to benefit ourself.
    Reading your article, I was thinking, the most difficult thing for the human is to deal with ourself, we are week inside that’s why we try to find some support .. We look for movies, sometimes songs, in scientific terms it’s called an escape behaviour, escape from reality..
    This escape behaviour effect our productivity by effecting our concentration. So remembering Allah (SW) is bringing our body to peaceful state which is the key to success in this world and in Akhira.
    May Allah (SW) help us and show us the right way. All the power is to Allah (SW) almighty. I also feel the supplication is a blessing. I want to say to all my sisters and brothers, if they find it difficult to do something. Make a supplication ( DUA) keep praying.
    “O Allah! I seek refuge in you from laziness, cowardice, senile of the old age”
    Please Allah Almighty help me otherwise I will be lost somewhere. Please Allah almighty it’s only you who can help us to do all the right things. All the powers are to Allah almighty.

    This is my first time in any website to write something. I am telling it because the website is so motivating and beautiful that it provoked even me to write some comments.

    Stay bless all,

  14. I had a similar epiphany, the a-ha moment not too long ago. Almost similar story. But mine began with replacing songs on-the-go with nasheeds/hamd/naat etc in ramadan.

    Music is an addiction. Its just like any other drug/alcohol. It keeps the mind busy in rhythm. People listen to it because if they dont, they get troubled by the emotions and feelings that crop up in the vacuum – and they know no better solution for it.

    But juat like drugs & alcohol & antidepressants & anxiolitics, the effects are short-lived. When they wear off, the problems of life are still there and people realise they’re no closer to a solution than they were before…which makes them feel even worse – and so the dive back into music/drugs/alcohol.
    People have different intellects, so this happens at different stages of life and with different intensities.

    The cure to all this is simple: seek the truth, know the truth, acknowledge the truth, then keep persevering at it & reminding yourself+others of it.

    People’s addictions relapse because of a few reasons:
    1. They dont really believe the need to change.
    2. They forget why they thought they needed that change.
    3. They make an unmanageable, abrupt, short-term end to the addiction rather than a manageable weaning-off that has permanence.
    4. They give up easily, not knowing that adversity is the norm of life and persisting & persevering is winning.
    5. The task seems too big and they give up being overwhelmed by it.

    Each has a cure. And the cute is in seeking the truth, knowing the truth, acknowledging the truth and putting the truth in practice.

    Maybe I’ll write a self-help book for Muslims n non-Muslims both. And it will help generations I.A. Some day I.A. Say amen! ?

  15. I also gave up music in Ramadan 2015. I work in a very busy city and I spend 2-4 hours commuting daily. It was not easy initially but I managed to get rid of music by swapping it out with lecturers of my favourite scholars and khalas, everything changed.

    I used to rely on music to get rid of boredom of the time spent going to work but afterwards, I look forward to the traffic as it is a big opportunity to listen to more lectures and learn more about my deen. You can imagine the effect of listening to lectures an average of 2 hours daily. In no time I learnt more and more and got closer to my creator. Alhamdulilah.

    Now, music has been replaced with the Quran. So, I am either listening to the Quran or an Islamic lecture which is a win win situation.

    Finally, I can confirm that music distracts a lot during sallah. That alone is enough reason to give it up.

    Jazaakumullahu khair.

  16. Really great article. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Anything we hear and watch is like feeding to our soul. We should be considerate not to give “junk” to our souls and instead feed it with healthy and beneficial diet.

  17. Jazak Allah Khairan Kaseeran ! Beautifully written article and can relate much to it , its like somebody has shared my experience . we underestimate the power of these distractions and Wallahi the beautiful feeling when quranic verses echo in mind and heart can easily defeat the desire for these distractions.May Allah guide us all.

    • Wa iyyaki! Indeed, you find that reciting the Quran now replaces singing aloud. Beautiful subhanallah.

  18. Thank you for this touching appeal .. It has just came in the right time. Nowadays we see alot of fatawi that makes us confused about if music Hallal or Haram.. For me, I’m convainced that it is a waste of time and bothers me while I’m doing any ibada .. I just feel like guilty when I listen to music. That doesn’t mean I’m totally disconnected with it, but I “struggle” to replace it with something more useful . I want to say also, that those “Anachid” had same effect while doing Ibada.. I’m wondering, if people notice that we’ve forgot about the main issue “wasting time” and we’ve just focused on if the rythm is forbidden in Din or not..
    Thank you alot <3

    • Recite before eating, in the middle of the day, at a location which you don’t use for sleeping, and in a posture-position in which you don’t sleep.
      Oo and you might want to fix your sajdah in your salah, the duration, the time between them and the centre of the forehead on the ground (press it in lightly). And also get rid of any addictions, including food etc. When you stressed, acknowledge what you have that others don’t (its not narcissism, its thankfulness). Pay attention to what you eat, quality and quantity both.
      And know what it is you’re reciting, meaning of it.

      Every step counts. Every step helps. Start with one, make it a habit, them progress to the next. I.A. you will make it. You have already been made capable of bearing this burden and going beyond the hardship (last 2 of baqarah & 94:5,6).

      • Erm…my problem is that I’m trying to stop listening to music (hence this comment in this article) and when I substitute it with the Quran I feel sleepy, which is not good when I’m commuting to work. But thanks anyways for the sharing!

        • Start recitation at your most wakeful time. And keep up with your salah at the prescribed times with good sujud (not the pecking-bird kind).
          It happens at the beginning, gets better. Perseverance is key.

  19. Alhamdulillah. Jazakumu’llahu khairan for the wonderful article. As a matter of fact, l am not a music listener, yet l was greatly moved by this article. Basically, as a an Islamic revivalist, preacher and radio presenter, l have got a lot of relevant stuff to use to bring music lovers among Muslims to reality.
    Apparently, as we all know it, music or listening to music is prevalent and common among Muslims all over the world. l, therefore, urge each and everyone that has got this article to help encourage others to avoid listening or making music. l believe that, from the article, we have enough facts to use tools for that.

    Jazakumu’llahu khairan once again.

  20. Jazakallah Khair for sharing this article. Music is a really bad distraction and lately it is becoming more difficult to stay away with people mentioning that there’s a ‘difference of opinion’ regarding it. No doubt there is more harm than good to it anyway.

    May Allah give us the ability to refrain. Ameen

    • Wa iyyaki sis! I understand what you mean by the difference of opinion between many. But an important lesson I’ve learnt from an incredible example, Shaykh Omar Suleiman, (may Allah reward him), is one of hayaa. That hayaa (modesty) is from Allah and it’s not just the way we dress, but also having that shyness and bashfulness from Him. And that if we have hayaa, we aren’t concerned with the loopholes, but only with what pleases Him. May Allah keep us upon truth. Ameen

  21. Great One!Reflecting…..hmm! but how can we convince the “Music addicted” who doesn’t want to hear you discuss about music been haram in Islam? Jazakumllahu Khairan

  22. Great article. However I guess I’d rather focus on reducing it than completely eliminating it, and maybe especially meaningless music. There’s a lot of music out there that isn’t actually “audio pornography” and rather helpful. But obviously it’s better to slowly try and replace listening to music in excess (or other stuff like excessive and vain use of social media/ watching TV) with beneficial deeds when possible. Love the tips in the first point, btw. :)

  23. MashaAllah a very beneficial article I was really ashamed of myself to see these young Muslim brothers and sisters who could stop listening to music but InshaAllah I promise that before the coming Ramadan I will stop myself . My motto No to music May Allah SWT helps us Aameen

  24. Masha Allah, I wish you a consistency for avoiding music.
    The story really fits my current condition. I used to listed to music when I was an intern in a company, and a woman beside me always turning on the latest hits. I am not the type who listed to music, but when I listen to it I take it as a way for filling my latest music knowledge. Yesterday, because I wanted to make a progress of my thesis but I thought the condition was too quite, then I played some song. Because I was afraid music would give bad influence, I switched the playlist into Maher Zain songs at least the lyrics are much more meaningful. But today, I just want to try listening to the latest songs, so I play it while progressing on my thesis.

    Because when I am having salah Ashar, the song just popped up in my head. Astagfirullahaladzim. May Allah Swt strengthen our iman.

  25. This was such a beautiful article it really inspired me. I have been thinking hard about giving up music. I cut down a lot on how much I listen to and also what I listen to but I always feel like I will miss it so much because I grew up around music. But this article truly inspired me. And I loved the video you shared.


  26. SubhanAllah this was like me reading my own story. I started becoming closer to Allah due to some hardship plus Ramadan 2015. I started wearing hijaab and everything but there was always something missing. The bit about songs playing in ur head during Salah caught me so bad i realised this is what is giving me the emptiness. I started listening to Quran more before sleeping, i have a daily commute of 5 hours in a day, so i started listening to short tafaseers of Juzz amma surahs (try juz amma tafseer app by nouman ali khan) and now im hooked to a seerah podcast by Abdul Nasir Janghda. Wallahi leaving music strengthens the relationship with Allah, and if we give up anything for Allah he gives us something better, and what is better than guidance and the Book of Allah <3

  27. Mash’Allah what a brilliant article that I can relate to as it sound like I’m reading my own story. Listening to music always impacted on my emotions depending on what I was listening to at the time to. Some days I would sit and cry at lovey dovey songs for no apparent reason…this obviously took me away from the remembrance of Allah SWT. I gave up music just over a year ago and Alhamdulillah it has helped me to concentrate on my character that has led me onto wearing a hijab .

    Jazak Allah

  28. I literaly felt that you expressed my feelings and experiences in your words. I am deeply touched by this article

  29. Jazakillahu khairan kaseera for diz wonderful arrticle. MUSIC had been my life. Since childhood I have been addicted to music. major part of my life has been consumed by music. I realized the disastrous effect of it on my life. Alhamdullilah I have improved alot. yet there are dayz when all of a sudden I get an urge to listen n den i end up listening to music ol night long. when the realization dawns m ashamed of myself n feels so guilty. YOUR ARTICLE alhamdullilah gave light that there are people who had d same flaws n they have overcome it. ITZ INSPIRING AND MOTIVATING. I hope one day i could olso gav up music. i will try to follow d instruction sincerely. I WAZ crying today coz i thought i might never succeed. but i love my ALLAH. I WILL GIV MYSELF ANOTHER CHANCE. IN SHA ALLAH I WILL OLSO SUCCEED. PLZ PRAY FOR ME.

  30. Thank you for this article. I’m glad to find someone else found out what I also did. That means I’m pleased I can witness reducing music in one’s life can really help in productivity and generally more happy days. I tried it, and was very pleased with the results. For me it was important mostly to stay focused for studying at university, but many more goods came from it, alhamdulillah.

  31. Salam, it is a well written article. Exactly the points given and clearly explained. It is something i can relate to. It is true from my experience of stopping from listening to the music, i have bettered focus and feels more closer to deen. It does pulls the heart to make a better choice by reluctant to do anything that doesn’t benefit to time and akhirat. Thanks.

  32. great one !
    with this I would like to share my story as to how I deleted my playlist.

    it was winter time in India, you can say just the start of winters, and I was in hostel. Me and my roommate used to wake up for Fajr and she used to sleep after that, but I always took the Qur’an and sat outside the room in the corridor to read Surah Yaseen, outside our room was a beautiful lawn with a mango tree right in front, it was dawn and while I read Qur’an I would experience watching the night transform into day, watch the sun come up and fill the sky with light, one of the most repeated Verse of the Qur’an as a sign of Allah SWT’s greatness. So, when it was bright, (and of course before the monkeys came) I would go for a little walk while listening to MUSIC! .

    it so happened one day, my recitation of Qur’an sounded very beautiful to me which was rare, and there was no one around but still I could feel as if someone was listening to it. When I finished, I picked up my cell phone with the earphones plugged in and went for walking, usually I never cared about how lonely it was at that time of the hour but this particular day it was strange, when I was reading the Qur’an everything felt calming, but now as I was listening to the song, I started having this weird feeling, I kept looking back , i felt something is there in the bushes, or maybe the tree…. I felt scared. so I came back and just made a few rounds of walk near my room lawn, while doing this I paid attention to the song I was Listening , it was Eminem and we all know what words you find in his songs, it made me think ….what am I doing ?. just now I was reading the Most Noble Words, the Truth, the glad Tidings and the Punishments and now what am I listening to ? garbage !

    the whole day I kept thinking about it, when I came back in the evening, finally I took all the courage, even though I had thoughts like “what if I’ll have to download them again?” “I should probably make a backup somewhere” “will I ever need them again” ” Am I doing the right thing, 450 songs ” but then, my driving force was more stronger than these thoughts…. so I finally DELETED all those songs , not even a single one I kept.
    I stepped out of my room, it was the time before Maghrib, the sun was going down, the peacocks and peahens returning to their nest, the sky was in different shades of red, there were people talking, some making wudu for Salah, some studying out in the lawn and some just sitting and listening to music… out of all the chaos that was going on….my heart was in some different world of peace, the whole atmosphere felt so beautiful, as if Allah SWT is smiling at me, I felt like a big big burden is removed from my shoulders. Since that day there is no turning back. Alhamdulillah.

    Here’s my advise to all those people who want to get rid of music…. Don’t think twice, you wont be needing it ever again. You’ll be able to distinguish between wrong and right, You will be able to indulge in more Dikhr, You will able to understand Qur’an better. So, Delete ’em today. right now.

    May Allah grant us all the strength to strive for our iman. ameen.

  33. As salaam alaikum

    Indeed this was among one of my steps to finding peace… though at those times it was more of a finding solace, in hard and turbulent times. But with time when i started realizing what i was listening to I realized i felt closer to Allah. something that i personally did was start listening to the meaning of Quran.

    I still at times struggle between listening to music and listening to songs, at times i slip back to my ever fav songs… But i think with every passing day we can become better Muslims. Jazakallah for the article, may Allah guide us all :-)

  34. JazakAllah Khair for the article. Reminds me of my own struggle. I used to be obsessed with it and slowly discovered I couldn’t bear the lyrics anymore as opposed to thinking it was ‘haram’. Initially I switched to groups like outlandish, which led me to nasheeds and now I mainly listen to talks – Alhumdulilah. I don’t think I’d realised what a waste of time or the influence of listening to today’s lyrics can actually have on our psychology until i reduced it. No regrets.

  35. Within 12 years after Muhammad’s death, the armies of Islam took possession of Syria, Iraq, Persia, Armenia, Egypt, and Cyrenaica (in modern Libya). The contact with the refined cultures of the conquered and the appearance of a new class of warriors who benefited from the spoils of the conquered nations deeply affected Arabian society. In spite of the austere regime of the four orthodox caliphs (632-660), joy of life and eagerness for pleasure dominated the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Wealthy men acquired slave musicians, who were often liberated and became the pillars of musical life. The wealthy competed with one another in the brilliance of the concerts held in their houses, and in sophisticated literary and musical salons, contests revealed and rewarded the best talents. In this milieu the great Islamic musical tradition began to take shape, to be firmly established and codified in subsequent periods. A new generation of musicians was educated in the traditional manner and refined through constant hearing of the best music performed by the best masters. Through the contributions of the conquered “foreigners,” and through intense emulation of their music, new techniques, improved instruments, and elaborated musical forms developed. Persian lute tuning was adopted for the lute (‘ud), which became the classical instrument of the Arabs. Melodies and rhythms were regulated by a modal system that was later codified. Among the most famous female musicians was ‘Azza al-Mayla’, who excelled in al-ghina’ ar-raqiq, or “gentle song.” Her house was the most brilliant literary salon of Medina, and most of the famous musicians of the town came under her tutelage. Also famed were the female musician Jamila, around whom clustered musicians, poets, and dignitaries; the male musician Tuways, who, attracted by the melodies sung by Persian slaves, imitated their style; and Sa’ib Khathir, the son of a Persian slave. Songs were generally accompanied by the lute (‘ud), the frame drum (duff), or the percussion stick (qadib).

    The Umayyad and ‘Abbasid dynasties: classical Islamic music

    Under the Umayyad caliphate (661-750) the classical style of Islamic music developed further. The capital was moved to Damascus (in modern Syria) and the courts were thronged with male and female musicians, who formed a class apart. Many prominent musicians were Arab by birth or acculturation, but the alien element continued to play a predominant role in Islamic music. The first and the greatest musician of the Umayyad era was Ibn Misjah, often honoured as the father of Islamic music. Born in Mecca of a Persian family, he was a musical theorist and a skilled singer and lute player. Ibn Misjah traveled to Syria and Persia, learning the theory and practice of Byzantine and Persian music and incorporating much of his acquired knowledge into the Arabian art song. Although he adopted new elements such as foreign musical modes, he rejected other musical traits as unsuitable to Arabian music. Knowledge of his contributions is contained in the most important source of information about music and musical life in the first three centuries of Islam. This is the 10th-century Kitab al-Aghani, or “Book of Songs,” by Abu al-Faraj al-Isbahani. In the 8th century Yunus al-Katib, author of the first Arabic book of musical theory, compiled the first collection of songs. Other notable musicians of the period were Ibn Muhriz, of Persian ancestry; Ibn Surayj, son of a Persian slave and noted for his elegies and improvisations (murtajal); his pupil al-Gharid, born of a Berber family; and the Negro Ma’bad. Like Ibn Surayj, Ma’bad cultivated a special personal style adopted by following generations of singers.

    By the end of the Umayyad period, the disparate elements of conqueror and conquered were fused into the style of classical Islamic music. With the establishment of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in 750, Baghdad (in modern Iraq) became the leading musical centre. The ‘Abbasid caliphate is the period of the Golden Age in Islamic music. Music, obligatory for every learned man, was dealt with in varied aspects-among them virtuosity, aesthetic theory, ethical and therapeutic goals, mystical experience, and mathematical speculation. The artist was required to possess technical proficiency, creative power, and almost encyclopaedic knowledge. Among the finest artists of the period were Ibrahim al-Mawsili and his son Ishaq. Members of a noble Persian family, they were chief court musicians and close companions of the caliphs Harun ar-Rashid and al-Ma’mun.

    Ishaq, a singer, composer, and virtuoso lutenist, was the outstanding musician of his time. A man of wide culture, he is credited with authorship of nearly 40 works on music, which were subsequently lost. According to the “Book of Songs,” he is the originator of the earliest Islamic theory of melodic modes. Called asbi’ (“fingers”), it structured the modes according to the frets of the lute and the fingers corresponding to them. Indications above each song in the “Book of Songs” show the mode, the type of third (major, minor, or neutral), and often the rhythmic mode. (The third is the interval encompassing three notes of the scale. It can vary considerably in exact size without losing its character. Western music uses the major and the minor third; much non-Western and folk music also uses a neutral third, between the major and minor in size.) The neutral third, introduced into Islamic music about this time, increased the number of melodic modes from eight to 12 by making more intervals available from which to build melodies. At this time the number of rhythmic modes varied from six to eight, their actual structure and content differing from author to author.

  36. I can relate so much to your story! Few years back I was went through a tough time and listening to music (love songs/ happy songs/ sad songs) wasn’t helping me to move on and forget the past. I never thought to ever give up music, but because I didn’t want to be reminded of my past memories, I gave up cold turkey. I would listen to music in the car (commuting 2 hours) to help me keep my mind going. It’s been nearly 2 years now. Instead of listening to music, I turned to doing dikhr. It has helped me to get closer to Allah and mostly importantly concentrate in my prayers. I will admit, once in a while, I will listen to just the instrumental music (no singing). Everything happens for a reason. I have learned to keep my mind busy and tongue moist with Allah’s beautiful names. Before I didn’t know so much about Allah’s attributes.

  37. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah….
    Masha Allah…what an inspiring experience…… I felt really very happy by reading this article…because it is something related to my own life….. about two years ago i was also too much addicted to music… i always had the headphones with me…I had wasted thousands of hours listening to music… and i memorized thousands of them which always came to my mind and my lips unconsciously…but the way i gave up music is quite different.. it suddenly happened… after watching the movie “The Message”, by the grace of Allah something triggered my heart and mind, i don’t know what it really was but my entire thought process suddenly changed…alhamdulillah…. in that instant i stopped watching the shows i used to watch everyday on tv, i deleted all the musics from my phone and computer and started listening to islamic nasheeds and lectures to fill the empty space….i suddenly didn’t feel any attraction to the music once i used to… but after some weeks i found myself watching some tv shows again then i started to struggle in my own way and still struggling… but i am happy that my music addiction has almost gone…alhamdulillah

  38. Jazakumullah khairan kaseera for this beneficial article. I gave up music years ago. There was a time when I would listen to the Quran during my commute. Nowadays I have slipped up and am listening to music-free nasheeds. I realise that while they’re basically allowed, they don’t really benefit like listening to Quran or lectures. The simple way to do it is “just do it”–delete those audio files! Empty the recycle bin! Reformat your computer/reboot your phone if you have to! Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up and listen to music. Just go back to the music-free baseline.

    The really tough part is realising that music-free means most of TV and YouTube is gone, too. Taking things one step at a time, you can shift towards more beneficial and useful pastimes, while scheduling leisure activities in between to recharge. Having a routine certainly helps.

    And don’t forget to tahajjud it! Dua is your weapon against nafs and shaitan! And your biggest aid for your soul.

  39. I can relate to this totally. I gave up music after Ramadan 2013 and by the mercy of Allah remained steadfast on it for quite a long time until recently I found myself indulging in music again and it has really stolen the peace of my mind.I needed to read this.JazakAllah khair,sister.I am actually reminded of a beautiful quote from a Turkish novel.
    “Little did he know back then,that the worth of one’s faith didn’t depend on how strong it was,but how many times he would lose it and still be able to get it back ” :)

  40. Ma Sha Allah. Jazakallah Khair for this Article. I took the same decision years ago and I can notice the difference but lately, I sometimes listen to music, so I was reminding myself of the benefits of not listening to music and then I read your article, it gave me the same feeling of the first time when I took that decision. So I would like to thank you so much. Jazakallah Khairan.

  41. Jazakillahu khaki ran. In fact I can say that you All look through my heart and explore my feelings. All that you said is exactly what I experience about music. But my very sad part is how music separate me from Quran. Before I used to memorise about 2 pages of Quran a day. But later when I started listening to music I drastically drop. Emerging half a page is difficult for me to memorise. And as I read these very inspiring article it’s a time to turn back. And pls can anyone enlighten me more about the effect of music to the Quran. Jazakumullahu khairan .

  42. Jazakullah khayr for this article. Your words ring truth. As for advice, I would recommend that people go for a short break somewhere, it doesn’t need to be far or for long, and have a no-technology day. Then try the same thing but at home.

  43. SubhanAllah! I went through the almost exact same story of giving up music in Ramadan 2015. I think that so far Ramadan 2015 has been the best, most unique Ramadan yet. Alhamdulillah!!!

  44. Alhamdolillah uts been 3yrs now..i stopped listening music after i got married.It wasny something that i wanted to.leave but gradually when i came closer to allah swt and recieved guidance.i started to forgot everything like music movies actors etc coz i hardly had time for all these fitnas.
    How music left me – i used to keep myself busy in zikr adhkaar Quran and didn had rime for music and movjes

  45. well i must say JAZAKALLAH
    that u shared your journey, encouraged me that i can also do this by making dua and seeking ALLAH(swt)’s help and listening to islamic lectures instead.

  46. My transition was from music to nasheeds to melodious qur’anic recitation.
    I still prefer and will be inspired to memorise an ayah after hearing its melodious recitation.

    I found the more and more I memorised the qur’an and the time needed to revise and review previous learnt ayahs leaves little
    room for even the nasheeds.

    Joining a whatsapp memorising group with weekly targets also left little room and took up the vacuum for spending time listening to nasheeds.

    I feel it has to be a gradual transition and find fillers till your heart with good intention makes music feel a waste of time.

  47. I don’t listen to music… umm directly?. But sometimes, I end up singing it unconsciously because I’d still remember the lyrics because i used to be very addicted to it. And, it is unavoidable if you’re in someone’s car. Music is everywhere. Some lectures have bg music. Cooking shows have bg music. I rarely watch tv when I do, music is truly, really unavoidable. Even some Islamic shows have music in them.

    • Assalamu alaykum,

      I once learned that “hearing isn’t the same as listening”. The understanding is that, although we don’t consciously listen to the music, we will be in environments such as a shopping center, restaurant or cars for example where music is played. We have no control over that.

      Apologies but I’ve completely forgotten what scholar once said this, but i can assure you it is a reliable source from the lectures I’ve watched :)

  48. Assalamualaykum sister.
    Masha Allah you have been blessed and guided by Allah in an aspect of life a lot of Muslims are struggling with-including myself. I think it would be beneficial as well to share your thoughts and suggestions regarding the challenges faced in quitting music because I am pretty sure that deep down majority of Muslims know -even if they won’t admit – that it’s haram but they seem to believe it’s impossible. I donot doubt it is indeed challenging but it is very possible and comes with immense reward.
    May Allah SWT make It easy for us to give up haram for halal and keep us steadfast. Amin

    • Jazakallah khair sister,

      I would say that personally the challenges I faced in quitting music (and continue to face) is more social than it is my own desire to listen to it. The greatest challenge however comes when there are either party’s, weddings or events I am invited to where music is present. It’s difficult to reject such invitations and feel like you’re missing out, and so the challenge is feeling like you can’t be the same or “have a good time” because of your choices. And so, I would say that’s the major challenge, that you will be surrounded by this temptation, it’s inevitable. The battle is how you strive to distance yourself as much as you can.

      I hope that answered your question.


  49. Excellent couldn’t have presented in a better way Subhanallah
    Jazakallah khair team
    Allah swt bless you all always

  50. Jazak’Allah Khair
    Never do the love of song and the love of Quran come together in a person’s heart except that one expels the other..

  51. Thank you for the article.

    Personally I used to be addicted to Korean Pop music especially. I would listen to it for hours on end, neglecting many obligatory duties that I have as a Muslim (I.e praying, reading Quran, etc) and as an individual (I.e showering, studying, eating, etc).

    I have attempted to quit K-pop many times before, but my desires overtook me each and every time. It was only when I became sick and tired of listening to music and wasting time, that I started to have a strong urge to just abandon music.

    It has been more than a month now since so last listened to music, deliberately. I say ‘deliberately’ because music is literally everywhere (shops, radio, television, school, etc) and it is nearly impossible to escape from it.

    Alhamdulillah I have also reaped quite a number of benefits from not listening to music. There are no more song tunes and lyrics stuck in my head.

    I’ve been listening to Mishary Alafasy’s Quran recitation ever since, and now Surah Mulk is stuck in my head, which is good!

    In Sha Allah I can keep this up and stay away from music for the rest of my life 😄

  52. So so relatable! I quit back in 2011. Like I even used to have Enrique’s songs as my Fajr alarms! (God forgive me! Lol). I somehow realized music was messing up with my head and was dragging me down when I wanted to be free.
    And this is exactly how you can tell that it can’t be approved of by Allah SWT-the difference giving up on it makes in your life and eemaan. I say this with reference to some schools of thought that say music is permissible. And maybe because you quit with a spirit of sacrifice for Allah SWT, Allah does indeed compensate you with a better life! Subhan Allah and Jazak Allah Khayr for sharing!

  53. I stopped listening to music but my family are always playing music so i dont what to do. Also is it haram to play quran with headphones in while music is being blasted out loud?