The issue of music and its ruling in Islam are very arguable. Music are regarded totally haram (unallowable) for some scholars and some others view it as halal (permissible). However, there are scholars who deal with it in more detail; holding that the music tones that arouse bad desires and affect feelings humorously are only haram.

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, an Islamic scholar said:

Music is an issue that has been hotly debated by scholars of the past and the present. While many of them have been generally inclined to condemn all forms of music, with the singular exception of ad-duff (tambourine) in weddings, quite a few of them have taken a more positive approach of considering only music containing sensual, pagan, or unethical themes or subliminal messages as being categorically forbidden.

The latter view seems to be more consistent with the general nature of Islam, which is undoubtedly a complete way of life that caters for all the genuine human instincts and needs within permissible limits. Thus, to say that all music is forbidden in Islam does not seem to agree with the balanced approach of Islam to issues of human life and experience.”

In light of this fatwa, a Muslim is recommended to warn people against the bad kinds of music. There are Ayah and hadiths that criticize sensual music and singing as well. Here we may quote Allah’s saying;

 “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing) to mislead (men) from the path of Allah.” [Luqman: 6]

Al-Hasan Al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “This Ayah was revealed concerning singing and musical instruments.”

Also, it was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Among my Ummah there will certainly be people who permit adultery, silk (clothes for men), alcohol and musical instruments” (Al-Tabarany and Al-Bayhaqi)