Singing and dancing: Un-Islamic acts
Today Muslims consider song and dance to be an integral part of their functions. Especially on the occasions of marriage, song and dance has become the custom. Muslims’ zeal about their faith and their sense of honor have abated so much that one shirks from the obligatory duties of Islam like Zakaat and Hajj, but spends money like anything in useless and prohibited acts. Is it Islamic to sing and dance and organize such events on the occasion of marriage? Is it permissible to invite orchestras and songstresses and rend the chador of modesty thereby? Is it the mark of Muslims to disturb others by drinking wine and exploding crackers?
This cannot be the customs of Muslims. These cannot be the mark of the believers. The demand of the Islamic faith that Muslims should avoid such un-Islamic acts and events in their functions and refrain from all blameworthy attributes in all walks of life.
There is a Hadith in Imam Baihaqui’s Shu’ab Ul Iman about singing:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Singing and using musical instruments cultivates hypocrisy in the heart, the way water cultivates crops. (Shu’ab Ul Iman, Al Ghinau Yumbitun Nifaqa Fil Qalb, Hadith No. 4889)
When one indulges in singing even after its prohibition, it is a sign of hypocrisy in this person. The result of this is that there is no taste in worship and no pleasure in remembrance of Allah.
Devils dance on the shoulders of those who sing and dance as given in “Tafseerat Ahmadiya” Pg. No. 400:
Translation: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever raises voice in singing, Almighty Allah imposes 2 devils on that person, one on one shoulder and the other on the other and they keep kicking this person dancing until he becomes silent.
All this when this person is the cream of all creation (i.e. a human being). Moreover, this person believes in Almighty Allah whose open enemy is Satan, the accursed. He/she accepts the faith which Satan tries to stop from. Mercy has been promised for the believers whereas eternal condemnation is the lot of the devil. Is this sanity that a Muslim sings and 2 devils kick him?
It is in Durre Mukhtaar, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 542:
Translation: All kinds of useless things are Haraam (forbidden)