The Office of the Supreme Leader

Criterion for ḥarām music

Q97: Is mutrib and lahwī nature of a particular type of music the only criterion for judging that it is ḥarām or should one considers the element of excitement also? If it causes the listener to feel sadness and eventually make him cry, what is the ruling then?

A: The criterion is to observe how the music is being played in all its characteristics and whether or not it is enrapturing, deviating from the path of Allah and appropriate to the gatherings of pleasure and sin. Any music categorized due to its nature as lahwī is ḥarām, irrespective of whether it contains the element of excitement or not. Whether it engenders in the listener a state of melancholy and crying is also immaterial.

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