Music and the Quran just don’t mix

Experience by an Anonymous brother

Salam o Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu. I would like to talk about my experience with music and try to keep it brief. From a young age, I grew up memorizing rap songs, living in the hood and thinking of myself as “type Gangsta.” I was so involved in music that me and my boy used to rap to each other the songs we memorized, with perfect Tajweed, walking to the bus stop every morning, going to Junior High School, on a daily basis. We even used to compete with each other to see who can memorize a song faster.

Starting high school, my demeanor was greatly influenced by the gangsta rap I used to listen to. My clothes, my jewels, my personality, basically everything about me, was gangsta. To a point, where people would always put a “G” after my name, calling me ” — G.” I was even recruited into a gang after a huge brawl, after school. I had a Muslim name, but that was the only Muslim identity I carried, a family name.

It has been almost 9 months since I have listened to music. Alhamdulillah. Being on both ends of the spectrum, I can personally relate all that is wrong with music. The difference between music and the heart trembling words of Ar-Rahman (the Quran) is clear as night and day.

Soon I realized that if I could memorize rap songs by listening to the radio while driving (since the songs repeat on the radio), why not then could I memorize surah’s by replacing the radio with Quran? I decided to give it a shot. I do not understand Arabic, but after listening to the Quran in my car for about a few months (Juzz Amma), I was able to memorize surahs. Alhamdulillah.

Even though Arabic is not my native language, the Quran grew in my heart, slowly. Then, the most amazing thing happened!!! One day, I walked into a store to buy something and rap music was playing on the overhead speakers. I suddenly felt disgusted by it, listening to the shallow, superficial words of the artist, thinking how can anyone listen to this garbage? Music and the Quran cannot stay together at once in the same heart, and NOW I understood why.

Music, songs, and lyrics of today only call people to the EXACT OPPOSITE of the commands of Allah. While rap music subconsciously calls people to follow their low desires (objectifying women as sex objects, violence, drug abuse, disregard for others, and selfishness), Bollywood/Indian music is geared more towards SHIRK in their love songs.

Just to give you a small example, in a famous Shahrukh Khan movie, there is a song that goes, “Tuj Main Rab Dikhta Hai, Yara Main kya Karoun, Sajday Sar Jhukta Hai, Yara Main Kya Karoun.” This translates to mean, “I see God in you, what should I do, I feel compelled to prostrate to you, what should i do?” These lyrics pertain to a man expressing his love for a woman.

After coming to Islam with knowledge, I was clearly able to see the shirk behind these words, calling to WORSHIP THE CREATION. This is just a small example of the infinite songs (love songs) that are infested with shirk.

I could have easily referenced the Quran and ahadith regarding this topic, but i wanted to personalize this post. For all those who listen to music, you have NO IDEA what you are MISSING. For those who listen to Quran, can agree with me and see music for its hidden reality. Quran alters your heart and your conscious to Goodness, whether you are an Arab or not. That is the miracle of Islam.

Music on the other hand, stimulates your lowly desires, and calls you to disobey EVERY aspect of ISLAM and its teachings. The choice is yours, you can either connect yourself with the Shaytaan, who will abandon you on Youm al Qiyaam or connect yourself with Ar-Rahman (Quran) who will show you mercy and keep His promise and enter you into Jannah insha’Allah.

P.S. Next time you listen to music, if you do, be an active listener and contemplate on the lyrics, and see if they are in accordance with the Sunnah of the Messenger (May peace and Blessings be upon Him) and you will see the truth from falsehood with the will of Allah. Beidhnillah.

12 responses to “Music and the Quran just don’t mix”

  1. Salam Walaykum

    I totally agree. Alhamdulillah I don't Listen to music anymore. I call my iPods "Halal device". When I am alone, I sometimes think of putting on a song but then I quickly say to myself – what are you doing? It's haram. Lets listen to Quran and Allah Swt is watching you! Then immediately I turn away Alhamdulillah. I have Quran in my iPod shuffle and some nasheeds and I asked for one fav song to be downloaded in there. Alhamdulillah everytime that song plays, I forward it as quickly as possible. Allah Swt not blessed me with iPod touch and never did I misuse To my halal device with any song.

    And you are so right brother. I tell my brother many times. There are so many Indian songs that have shirk in it. SubhanAllah!! I so hate them and even hate it when Muslims listen to it.

    At work they play music all the time and I hate it so much!!

    Quran is beautiful alhamdulillah. I like to listen to my iPod at work during my break time. I start the Quran out loud and make nonmuslims listen to it. They find it very peaceful.

    When I am depressed. I listen to Qur'an and SubhanAllah my depression goes away. May Allah Swt keep us all on the right path always Ameen

    Jazak Allahu khayran akhi. If we all want to be among the people of Jannah, we need to quit listening to the people of Hellfire ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i contemplate on lyrics.ย 
    some songs are extremely meaningful.ย 
    Not all love songs have shirk-inclinations.
    Not all rap songs call for following low desires.

  3. @sister Zeina I agree with you. However the brother has a point. Songs may have good meanings and what not however who are we displeasing here? Are we obeying Allah Swt?

    Listening to music = following your desire

    Music is haram in Islam. How many surah have you contemplated? How many surahs have you memorized sister? This question goes back to me as well.

    Music O sister impacts our minds and hearts. Music leaves our hearts dead whereas the Quran beautifies our hearts.

    Music can also control our moods. Agree with me or not it does. At least to me. There is music when I listen to, makes me so depressed. There is music that makes me feel my heart is beating rapidly and I can feel my heart heavy because of it.

    Not all songs have shirk in them I agree however evey song has music.

    Only in the remembrance of Allah does our hearts find rest. Allah Swt created us to worship Him. Music makes our hearts away from remembering Allah Swt.

    Rest Allah Swt knows best. Wassalam. A scholar once said "Quran and music do not go together in the heart of a believer"

    I wish we all had Emaan juice. That would have worked xD

  4. May ALLAH save my heart too. because my mind and soul know that music is haram but some time devil enter my heart when i am in anger or some time depressed in both situation we are making our self weak and away from ALLAH at that moment when i start listening song. force my self to stop this and think or listen to Quran.

  5. Wow, so throughout your whole life all you listened to was commercialized "Gansta Rap" ghetto garbage and now you're condemning ALL forms of music as disgusting because of it?

    "Music stimulates your lowly desires, and calls you to
    disobey EVERY aspect of ISLAM and its teachings"

    No SOME KINDS of music stimulate your lowly desires, i.e. those consisting of lyrics that advocate such things.

    It's important to know that ghetto music, modern pop music, ect. are VARIETIES of music, just as pork is a variety of meat.

  6. "P.S. Next time you listen to music, if you do, be an active listener and
    contemplate on the lyrics, and see if they are in accordance with the Sunnah of
    the Messenger"

    What if the music I listen to does not have lyrics? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. @Rational Enquirer – Music is haram (forbidden) in Islam. Khallas!

    "When Allah puts a period to something, there is no question mark after it" ๐Ÿ™‚ Leave all the music, start reading and understanding Quran, and inshAllah u will find enough proofs that say music is haram. You may ask a scholar inshAllah and let me know which scholar has allowed music ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, The whole world is not worth anything except the remembrance of Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala.

    "We didn't come in this world with our will, we will not die by our will, so submit to Allah's will".

    May Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala guide us all and keep us on the straight path Ameen

  8. Yeah, I have the same question, cuz there melodies that calms my heart and let me think about everything inlcuding Islam

  9. Brother your action of forcing non-Muslims to listen to the Quran is not a good reflection of you as a Muslim. Islam teaches us to have a thoughtful, considerate and modest attitude towards our fellow human beings. It seems to me that your co-workers are praiseworthy and show good manners by praising recitations from your holy book. The religious arrogance (totally unIslamic!) that you display makes it unlikely that you would extend the same courtesy to other religions' music/recitations!

  10. Music is something which is not good, Allah who crated the world, Mohammad is example for world and followers of Quran will not be in loss.