Singing in Mosque

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Singing in Mosque ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain something that is still controversial by some Muslims. Some people even say that it is not permissible (haram). What I mean is music and what law of singing in Mosque? Are you interested?!

As always, before I answer the two questions above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!

Hadith About Singing in Mosque

The hadith about singing in Mosque that I mean is as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ مَرَّ بِحَسَّانٍ يُنْشِدُ فِيْ الْمَسْجِدِ فَلَحَظَ إِلَيْهِ ، فَقَالَ ؛ قَدْ كُنْتُ أُنْشِدُ فِيْهِ ، وَ فِيْهِ مَنْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِنْكَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu anhu, that Umar radliyallaahu 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.

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There are some important things related to the hadith above that you need to know;

One; The hadith explains, that we may develop poetry, including music, in a mosque if it is good for the people, such as giving advice.

Two; Recognition of the Prophet Muhammad can be used as a legal reference.

Three; We may compare the opinions of smart people with the opinions of smarter people.

Four; We may sing and listen to music if it is beneficial to us.

Five; We may spread the teachings of Islam by using music, literature, and so forth.

All readers! If we look at the brief explanation above, then of course we already know the answer to the question above, “We may sing in the mosque if it is useful,” as I explained in the fourth and fifth points. It is true, the hadith above does not explain singing in the mosque.

The hadith explains about developing poetry in the mosque. But if we look deeper, we will know that there are similarities between developing poetry and singing, between developing poetry in the mosque for good and singing in the mosque for good.

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