The Criterion of Prohibition of Music

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The Criterion of Prohibition of Music

Question:It’s a while that I have started researching about music but I have a problem which is not solved yet. I couldn’t convince myself rationally that Islam has absolutely prohibited music, and if it is then it should have a criterion; therefore, I referred to Fiqh books and Fatwas of some of respectful scholars. I recognize that there is disagreement about prohibition of music. It is recognized from the appearance of the expression of Sheikh in Maksib that he considers revel as the subject of prohibition; but some of superiors like the late Imam (r.a.) consider singing as its criterion. By considering the above matters, please say that: Is prohibition of music because of singing, which has been changed through the time (like chess) and has converted in to revel, or has the subject of prohibition of music been revel from the beginning? In this case, how do you justify the opinion of respectful scholars about singing?
Answer: It is likely that whatever Faqihs and Maraji’ say in this subject mostly returns to the same source, although there are differences in their expressions. And it is what I have said before: there are kinds of music which are being played in corrupted meetings and Haraam gatherings and mostly there are other corruptions accompanied by them, kinds of music which are called trite, corruptive and sometimes singing music. These kinds of music are Haraam anywhere and with any content; but there are other kinds of music which are not like these, like famous kinds of music which different religious poems, threnodies and military and sports marches are being played with them; these are not Haraam, because they are not included in the definition of the first type. Also, there are doubtful examples which are not being recognized completely that whether they are included in the first or the second type? And according to the fact that in the examples of doubtful prohibitions they are being considered as acquitted then in doubtful examples acquittal is being e x e c u t ed.

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