Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “does music break your fast?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!
Specifically, there are four important things about “does music break your fast?” which I will explain in this article. The four important things I mean are as follows:
- Islamic Rules About Music.
- Is It Haram to Listen to Music?
- What Breaks the Ramadan Fast?
- Does Music Break Your Fast?
Islamic Rules About Music
The first important thing about “does music break your fast?” what I will explain now is Islamic rules about music. I want you to understand that first before you read any more explanations in this article because it is one of the basic things that must be understood very well.
If we read some of the literacies of Islamic rules about music, we will find an explanation that there are two differences of opinion about music in Islam:
One: some Islamic jurists say that music is halal. What this means is that according to them Muslims are allowed to listen to music.
The basic arguments of some Islamic legal experts who argue that music is halal are the following hadith:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ مَرَّ بِحَسَّانٍ يُنْشِدُ فِيْ الْمَسْجِدِ فَلَحَظَ إِلَيْهِ ، فَقَالَ ؛ قَدْ كُنْتُ أُنْشِدُ فِيْهِ ، وَفِيْهِ مَنْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِنْكَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu anhu, that Umar radliyallahu anhu met Hassan who was developing (poetry) in the mosque. He then looked at Hassan with a denying view. Hassan then said, “I have developed (poetry) in it (mosque). In it there is someone who is better than you. “The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Two: some Islamic jurists say that music is haram. What this means is that according to them Muslims should not listen to music.
As for the basis of the arguments of some Islamic jurists who argue that music is forbidden in the Quran and hadith as follows:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَّشْتَرِيْ لَهْوَ الْحَدِيْثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيْلِ اللّٰهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍۖ وَّيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًاۗ اُولٰۤىِٕكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِيْنٌ
And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment. (Luqman : 6).
The hadith I mean is as follows:
لَيَكُوْنَنَّ مِنْ أُمَّتِيْ أَقْوَامٌ ، يَسْتَحِلُّوْنَ الْحِرَ وَالْحَرِيْرَ، وَالْخَمْرَ وَالْمَعَازِفَ
Indeed, there will be some of my Ummah who will justify zina, silk, liquor (al-Khamr), and musical instruments.
Now, I want to say that there is a difference of opinion about music in Islamic rules. You can choose one of them as the basis for your opinion, but you can’t blame other people who have different opinions with you. I personally think that music is halal in Islam.
That is a brief explanation of Islamic rules about music. As Muslims, we must understand that.
Is It Haram to Listen to Music?
The second important thing about “does music break your fast?” what I will explain now is “is it haram to listen to music?”. I want you to understand that because it is one of the important questions related to this discussion that must be well understood.
In several previous articles, I have explained that there are differences of opinion among Islamic legal experts regarding music in Islam: halal or haram. Some scholars of Islamic law say that music is haram. Some other Islamic jurists say that music is halal.
So, if you ask me, “Is it haram to listen to music?”, the answer is according to the differences of opinion among Islamic jurists regarding music. If you choose the opinion that music is haram, you shouldn’t listen to music. But if you choose the opinion that music is halal, you can listen to music. Personally, I don’t want to force you to choose a certain opinion about it.
That’s a brief explanation of “is it haram to listen to music?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.
What Breaks the Ramadan Fast?
The third important thing about “does music break your fast?” what I will explain now is “what breaks the Ramadan fast?”. I want you to understand that because it is impossible for us to understand whether music breaks fasting or not if we don’t understand the things that break fasting.
In general, if we read some literacies of Islamic rules about fasting, we will find eight things that can break fasting. The eight things I mean are as follows:
One: if something gets into the body orifices on purpose. For example, if water enters the throat on purpose, then our fast is broken.
Two: treating by inserting objects (medicine or other objects) in one of two ways (qubul and anus).
Three: vomiting on purpose. If a person vomits accidentally or vomits suddenly (ghalabah) then his fast is still considered valid as long as none of his vomit is swallowed again. If the vomit is swallowed intentionally then the fast is invalidated.
Four: having sex with the opposite sex (jima’) on purpose.
Five: the discharge of semen (sperm) is caused by touching the skin.
Six: menstruation and puerperium.
Eight: murtad or leaving Islam.
That’s a brief explanation of “what breaks the Ramadan fast?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.