By Abdul Rehman Raza
In this age of troubles, when Islam has become difficult to follow, music is one of the most common problems for the youth. Music is now a multi-billion-dollar industry and has taken the form of an addiction for many. If you are reading this because you are looking for a way out, CONGRATULATIONS!! You have taken the first step and are going the right way. I was a big fan of music myself, but struggled and finally found a way out. I’ll share some practical tips that I used, hoping they will help you as well InshaAllah.
1. Know It Is Wrong
The very first thing is telling yourself and believing that music is wrong. You’ll find many people saying “Oh it’s okay”, “Oh it’s not that bad”, “It’s not clearly mentioned as haram” etc. Your friends may even quote “some religious scholar” to prove that music is OK; sometimes you’ll even try to convince yourself. On the inside, however, you always have a faint feeling that it is wrong.
The following hadith should clear it once and for all:
Narrated Abu Malik Al Ashari that he heard the Prophet ﷺ saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.7 Hadith No.5590]
When we are deeply addicted to music, it’s not easy to quit. One of the best ways to do it is to replace your songs with other activities. I used to listen to music while driving or travelling so I replaced my playlist with better things. I deleted all songs from my phone and laptop, and downloaded a full audio of the Quran with translation. Moreover, there is a lot of interesting Islamic content available on the internet. One of the best recommendations I can give is that you download the “Muslim Central” app on your smartphone. You can find talks of almost every scholar there. If not that, you may even listen to reminders given by our very own Raja Zia ul Haq! (you should be able to find all of them on his Facebook page)
3. Step By Step Is NOT An Option
One of the worst strategies of quitting music is to do it gradually. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, or at least it didn’t work for me! Take a deep breath, hold your heart, pick up your phone, select all those songs that are ruining your relationship with your creator, say “Allahu Akbar” and press delete! This will never be easy but you have to take things head on! Ask Allah for His help because nothing is possible without it. Ask Him to make this sacrifice easy for you and “guide you to the straight path”; for I believe that it is not possible that you sincerely ask Allah for guidance and Allah does not guide you.
• https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.muslimcentralaudio (Muslim Central App)
• http://www.nooresunnat.com/Audio/Complete%20Quran/Shuraim-Sudais-Urdu/Recitation-Audio-Urdu-Quran-Sudais-Shuraim.php (Full Quran audio with Urdu translation)