how much do you know about islam? Is playing piano allowed in Islam?
Scholars have historically been devided on the issue. All scholars agree that music is generally halaal with some limitations. The great debate is the extent of the limitations. The hadith, "There will be those of my Ummah who would seek to make lawful fornication, alcohol, wearing of silk and musical instruments" has two basic understandings
1) That because the listed items of alcohol, silk, and fornication are haram, then musical instruments are also because of it being included with these things. Scholars who take this understanding believe musical instruments are thus haram with the exception of a basic hand drum (duff)because it is known that these were used in the presence of the Prophet (saws)without him objecting.
2) They do these things beyond limits. For example it's not haram to use alcohol to treat infection or even treat pain (when nothing else is available) but it is haram to use it for intoxication. Likewise someone is not guilty of fornication if they are raped even though they did have sexual intercourse. So this view holds that musical instruments are haram when used to make/accompany "lahwal hadith" or "idol talk" that misleads people from Allah (which honestly is most popular music) but that they are not neccessarily haram when used to invoke people's remembrance of Allah.
Also note that most people when quoting that hadith stop at the part about musical instruments but it goes on, "and they will sit at the side of the mountain and the shepards will come to them in the evening for their provision and they will tell the shepards go away and come back tomorrow. Then Allah will cause the mountain to fall on them". Many scholars also point to this part of the hadith to indicate that items listed are more meant to illustrate the nature of these people more so than making a simple list of haram things.
Also it is reported that the Prophet (saws) once heard his companion Abu Musa (ra) reciting the Qur'an in the most beautiful voice, and he told Abu Musa "truly you have been given the 'mizmar' of Dawood". A mizmar is a kind of Arabian flute. Now Imam Nawawi has said that the prophet (saws) was speaking metaphorically about the beautiful voice of Dawood (as)not literraly about a flute. But then why would the prophet Muhammad (saws) compare the voice of Prophet Dawood (as) to a flute if a flute was haram? That would be like saying, "that tarawih last night was so invigorating I felt 'drunk' with iman"; it's simply an inapropriate comparison. Allah knows best!
Music is Haraam
References within the context of the Holy Qur`aan along with the Hadith of the Prophet Sallalahu alihi wa sallam (Peace be upon him) confirm that music is haraam.
Interpreters of the Qur`aan have defined the term `lahwal hadith` which is mentioned in the Qur`aan as:
1) Singing and listening to songs.
2) Purchasing of male and female singers.
3) Purchase of instruments of fun and amusement.
When Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas`ood radiyallahu Anhu (Allah be pleased with him), a very close companion of our Prophet Sallalahu alihi wa sallam (Peace be upon him) was asked about the meaning of the term `lahwal hadith`, he replied
“I swear by Him besides whom there is no other God,that it refers to ghinaa (singing ).”
This statement, he repeated three times. This view is unanimously supported by the four Khalifas, the eminent Sahabaah, Tabi`een, the four Imaams and other reliable Islaamic scholars and authorities.
One hadith from the Bukhari Shareef, the most authentic Book of Hadith, further confirms unlawfulness of music and singing :
`There will be people of my Ummah who will seek to make lawful; fornication, wine-drinking and the use of ma`aazif ( musical instruments ).`
Detailed analysis of the arabic word `ma`aazif ` shows that it refers to musical instruments, the sounds of those musical instruments and singing with the accompaniment of instruments.
Closer analysis of the wordings of the Hadith establishes the prohibition of music. Firstly, the words `seek to make lawful ` shows that music is not permissible, as logically one can only seek to make lawful that which is not allowed. Secondly, if music was not prohibited, then it would not have been brought within the same context as fornication and wine-drinking.
Muslims are aware that nothing has been prohibited by Allah except that which is harmful to the welfare of a Muslim individual and the society as a whole. The divine attribute behind the prohibition of music can be comprehended by looking into the diverse influence music can have.
Experiments carried out by doctors and professors have confirmed that the music of today is such that it does not only affect the brain, but each and every organ of one`s body. There is a close relationship between music and bodily movements. We find that people listening to music automatically start tapping their fingers and feet, as if the music is permeating in their blood.
According to many scholars, there are many types of music forbidden in Islam. However, there is no outright prohibition, as the tradition used to support the idea of percussion instruments refers to an incident on Eid day, where the Prophet of Islam (SAW)encouraged his daughters to use the drums and continue to sing, even though some of his companions, most notably Omar (RA), suggested that this was a "questionable" activity. Thus it is clear that musical rhythms, whether accompanied by instruments or not, are allowed. Even those who would argue against instruments should note that, during battle, music and the use of voices in a martial tone were often used as in the case of the "opening of Mecca" (fatgatul Makkah). Although some hardliners may suggest that only percussion instruments are permissible, there is no direct evidence to support this contention.
Playing the piano is absolutely allowed and music is not permitted in Islam. There are many prophets written about in the Qur'an and one of them is Prophet Dawood. Dawood's voice is said to be the most beautiful music you could hear and he was very skillful in playing the harp. Why would music be banned in Islam if one of our beloved prophets sang and played the harp with such grace? Therefore, playing the piano is completely allowed and I also play the piano too.
I don't believe music is haram unless it makes you feel haram, think about haram things, or do haram. So take care and pay attention to yourself, Your inner self. Be honest with yourself and true. If you truly seek Right.
???Amblessed??Where the hell did women's rights spring up from???=S
No offence,but you're kinda anti-Muslim.
:P Ah well.This world is full of haters.
And no,piano is NOT forbidden in Islam.
Hm, I could've sworn one of the best piano players I know is Muslim. I don't know, piano is too western for most Muslims, perhaps?
yeah how about the relationshipbetween music and the increase of IQ...just let the muslims be left behind???
Percussions are permissable in Islam but I dont think that pianos are.
Women's rights are known to be limited.
...and why would it not be allowed?