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Shaykhul -Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:

“I know that in the ‘golden age’, the first and best three centuries, in the Hijaaz, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Maghrib, ‘Iraq, Khorasan, none of the religious and righteous people, the ascetics and those who worshipped Allaah much, would gather to listen to this whistling and clapping and drum-beating and so on. This was innovated after that at the end of the second century, and whenever the imaams saw it, they denounced it.”

As for these anaasheed which are described as “Islaamic” but are accompanied with musical instruments, giving them this name lends them some measure of legitimacy, but in fact they are singing and music, so calling them Islaamic nasheeds is falsehood and deception. They cannot be a substitute for singing, as an evil thing cannot be substituted for another evil thing. We should replace something evil with something good. Listening to it on the grounds that it is Islaamic and an act of worship is bid’ah, and Allaah does not allow this. We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.”

Source: Ibn Taymiyyah’s Al Fataawaa #11/569

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