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  1. Salaam,JazakumuLLAHU bi khairaat. I found it helpful,for enabled me understand the nature of sound effects and how it affects me and my tasks.Thanks a lot.

    • Waalaikum salaam wrwb. Waiyyakum brother.Jazakh Allah Khair for your comment and I’m glad you found the post useful.

  2. Are ambient/environment/natural sounds considered music? Also you’re recommending use of classical music? Does that not go against the hadith?

    • Assalamu Alaikum wrwb Emran,

      Jazakh Allah Khair for your comment. To answer your question, ambient/ environmental sounds are not considered as music as these are naturally occurring sounds and no musical instruments are used to record them.

      This report does not recommend listening to music in any form- the research is presented and we are showing how we can adapt it as Muslims in the “solutions” provided.

  3. ‘Silence is definitely Golden’. And we are living in interesting times – an era of headphones, especially with the youth!

    I love quiet environments to be able to concentrate and focus. And to work on unfamiliar concepts or new ideas. As for the environmental sounds, I have never tried listening to them as replacement for a noisy work environment. Guess I will have to experiment with them in such situations. I adore natural environments & sounds from nature, especially for creative work.

    Out of the seven links listed in the PDF, I actually like the coffee shop sound the most on first listening from my PC. Will have to listen again or use in a noisy environment to test it’s effects.

    On a final note, it is an important reminder that Muslims understand Qur’an is not meant to be used as a background sound. It is utter disrespect. I have come across people doing that in work situations.

    May Allah guide us to that which pleases Him the best

    Jazaakallah for sharing the research note. Very informative!

    • Salaams Sr. Amina. Jazakh Allah Khair for your comment. It’s interesting that you like the coffee shop sounds, I preferred the perfect storm ;) Did you manage to test it in a noisy environment?
      Haha- I’ve noticed more adults using the headphones especially while commuting using public transport.
      Ameen to the dua!

  4. Assalaam alaikum, I’m a silence is golden person.. I like the instrumental sounds part which I already practice. It helps !

    Sometimes its just extra stuff in my ears, so i go back to silent work :)

    Very interesting topic. thanks

    • Salaams. During my research, I did not find any evidence to suggest that trance music could be beneficial.
      However, as trance is a version of electronic music and uses melody, I feel it’s better to use our other available options- ambient sounds, natural environmental sounds etc.

      And Allah (swt) knows best.

  5. What an excellent research piece! Masha Allah!
    I didn’t realise that different sounds can have different effects. I just thought that as long as it’s noise in the background, I can get work done. Love how informative and informational the piece is. Jazak Allah Khayr for sharing :)

  6. Assalamu Alaikum.
    Jazak Allah khairan for a most wanted thing for me…I got used to listening to lectures in avoid distractions,Alhamdulillah it has helped me to focus on my studies and learn realities of life through the lectures.
    And if been thinking as o whether it was multitasking..Alhamdulillah I hv a material for support.

    • Waalaikum salaam wrwb. You now have more sounds to listen to Alhamdulillah :) Did you like any of the links in particular?

  7. I just wanted to express my gratitude to Productive Muslim for sharing this information with me- Jazakumullahu khairan. I have found the background audio very helpful and advantageous to my collection of dhikr; I can now enjoy the amazing sounds of nature that Allah SWT has gifted us with while doing my work- a perfect combination of productivity. For a lack of time and a super busy schedule, I find myself not engaging in dhikr as much as I used to. To make it up, while doing school work I would play Quran in the background to reap some reward. I did feel the guilt for dishonoring Allah SWT’s words in doing that. Alhamdulillah I now have a form of dhikr I can substitute for it so that I am not disrespecting the Book of Allah and also taking advantage of His blessings. I am currently listening to The Perfect Storm audio (my favorite so far) and am truly feeling the calmness of nature.

    I make du’a that Allah SWT blesses this wonderful work and helps Productive Muslim to grow so that it reaches those much beyond this circle of recipients.

    • Assalamu Alaikum wrwb Sr. Halima. Jazakh Allah khair for your heartfelt thoughts. It’s very humbling to see the work being appreciated Alhamdulillah. I love the perfect storm as well ;) and Ameen to all your duas!

  8. I recommend listening to the sounds of crickets as they glorify the Almighty!

    There was an experiment whereby a recording of crickets chirping at night was slowed down to a ratio equivalent to a human life span – since crickets only live for a few weeks, the recording was really slowed down. The sounds of chirping transformed into a perfect heavenly choir!

    This should come as no surprise: “everything in the heavens and on the earth glorifies God. He is the Almighty, the All Wise.” (Quran 59:1 and 61:1)

    Here’s the link:

  9. Assalam o alaikum, Rasha Jahfar thankyou for presenting your research in front of us, It was really helpful. Though, i still have one question – I listen to slow piano and most of it falls under ambient music. Also the work of Brian Eno, Marsen Jules, Shuttle358 – this is what i listen to when i am doing my creative work. So can you please elaborate are these music could fall into halal or haram? I do understand you are not in the position to give Fatwas, but apparently the topic of ambient ‘music’
    is largely absent from Islamic scholars.