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Trying to Quit Music? Smoking? Porn? ANything?

As Muslims, we want our last words in this life to be the shahadah, our declaration of faith, not the lyrics to some song.  Subhana’Allah, music is something one’s heart can become addicted to so easily.  However, there are ‘techniques’ we can use so that we can decrease how much we listen to music as music can easily lead our hearts astray.  Even though I follow the opinion that “music” is not permissible, I understand there may be a difference of opinion in this subject.  Therefore, I will stay away from discussing the fiqhi issue on music as I am no scholar.

However, I would recommend to the person who wavers in their decision of whether or not they want to listen to music to consider the hadith of Rasoolullah (SAW) in which he said, “”Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pastures) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O People!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled the whole body gets spoiled. And that is the Heart” (narrated by Bukhari).  To say the least, indeed, the issue of music is doubtful, so let us save our religion, honor, and heart!

This article is not intended to be an Islamic article.  The following is my advice and that is it.  It is not intended to be an Islamic approach but just some advice from your brother.  In terms of personal reflections on how to leave music, it is a simple process.  Subhana’Allah, some people are able to do such deeds cold turkey where they decide to do something one day and the same day, they implement want they want to.  However, this technique is hard for the majority of people as one becomes prone to return to his or her old ways as is the case with some Muslims in terms of the deen.  May Allah (SWT) protect us.  Ameen.  My personal recommendation would be to leave music in steps or stages with a target date set for each step.  For example, one could give up one genre of music at a time (as I did).  Another way to give up music in stages would be to eliminate the places/times where one can listen to music.  For example, listen to lectures, nasheeds, or the recitation of the Holy Quran instead of the radio in your car.  However, it is important to stress you need to have a target end date in mind and you need to stick to it, insha’Allah!  Be sincere about it!

This technique could be applied to other things that you may be trying to quit.  For example, if you are trying to quit smoking, you can cut down in the types of environment you allow yourself to have a smoke and slowly reduce that number.  Or you could cut down on the number of smokes you take per day.  This technique of weening off can work for many things.  If you suffer from addiction to pornography, maybe you can eliminate the means you assess it.  Maybe you can face your computer in your home so that you never truly have that privacy to look at the haram sites.  You can attempt to block the means to the haram.

Coming back to the topic of music, subhana’Allah, we waste so much time listening to music when instead we could be accumulating knowledge (I sometimes listen to lectures for my education when I am in the car in lieu of wasting time with music).  Furthermore, we can garner soo many good deeds in our remembrance of Allah (SWT) by listening to the Quran or Islamic lectures.  Indeed, when we do something solely for the sake of Allah (SWT), we will see the perks of such deeds.  For example, Rasoolullah (SAW) said, “Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi’ (Glorified is Allah and praised is He), one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea” (narrated by Bukhari).  We could definitely take advantage of this hadith in our milk-runs to the supermarket!

May Allah (SWT) accept our deeds.  Ameen.

In closing, consider the statement of Abdullah ibn Masud, the companion of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as Ibn Masud said, “The love of the Quran and the love of music cannot combine in the heart of a believer.”  How true…

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In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Listening to music in Ramadaan

If you are fasting, and you get you menstrual cycle at the last five minutes before iftar, do you still have to break your fast. Another questions is music haraam while fasting?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Listening to music is haraam, whether in Ramadaan or at other times, but it is more forbidden in Ramadaan, and is a greater sin, because fasting does not only mean refraining from eating and drinking, rather it means attaining piety or fear of Allaah, and it means that all the physical faculties should refrain from disobeying Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”

[al-Baqarah 2:183]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Fasting does not just mean (abstaining) from eating and drinking, rather fasting means (abstaining) from idle and obscene talk…”

Narrated by al-Haakim who said: This hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim.

The saheeh Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) clearly indicates that listening to musical instruments is haraam.

Al-Bukhaari narrated in a mu’allaq report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“There will be among my ummah people who regard adultery, silk, pork and musical instruments as permissible…” Al-Tabaraani and al-Bayhaqi said that this was a mawsool report.

This hadeeth indicates that musical instruments are haraam in two ways:

1 – The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said,

“[they] will regard… as permissible.”

This clearly indicates that the things mentioned are haraam, but those people will regard them as permissible.

2 – Musical instruments are mentioned in conjunction with things that are definitely haraam, namely adultery (zina) and alcohol. If it were not haraam it would not have been mentioned alongside them.

See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani , hadeeth no. 91.

The believer should make the most of this blessed month and turn to his Lord. He should repent to Allaah and give up haraam things that he was in the habit of doing before Ramadaan, so that Allaah might accept his fast and set his affairs straight.

And Allaah knows best.

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