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Song lyrics without instruments

Fatwaa ID: 2058

Is it permissible singing(for ourselves like while working etc.) songs without any music or musical instruments, even when the lyrics are not kufraana?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

If the words are clean and meaningful and/or beneficial, then it will be permissible to sing or say them. If the lyrics contain inappropriate or impermissible content, then it will not be permissible to say them. If the words are clean but unmeaningful, then it should be avoided as that is futile. That being said, if the words are from a song that otherwise has music in it, then it should be avoided even though one will be saying it without the music as this may remind them of the original form and lead them to sin.

One should engage in dhikr instead while doing work or other activities. This will be a means of reward and barakah in the work that one is doing. The mashaayikh advise that this will also place noor in one’s actions.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/11/1445 AH – 01/23/2024 CE | 767

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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