The Office of the Supreme Leader

Criterion for differentiating between ḥalāl and ḥarām music

Q. What are the criteria by which one can distinguish ḥalāl from ḥarām music?  Is classical music ḥalāl?
A:  Any music which is — as per common view — lahwī, straying from the way of Allah and suitable for gatherings of merry making — is ḥarām whether it is classic or not. To distinguish the subject of a ruling depends on the view of the mukallaf as a part of common people. There is no objection to other kinds of music in itself.
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