Is it haram to learn and play piano?

ive always wanted to learn how to play the piano but i have never been sure as my family discourages anything related to music. I dont listen to music, but i really like the sound of the piano.

i just want to know if it is haram for me to learn and play the piano.Thanks
My parents say that it is haram and that it is against Islam. But i think maybe they are joking because they dont want me to play piano.

All music is haram even the piano. Its a musical instrument isn’t it?

And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allâh, or the Verses of the Qur’ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire). Luqman [31:6]

 The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

 “Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari ta’leeqan, no. 5590; narrated as mawsool by al-Tabaraani and al-Bayhaqi. See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani)

 This hadeeth indicates in two ways that musical instruments and enjoyment of listening to music are haraam. The first is the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “[they] permit” which clearly indicates that the things mentioned, including musical instruments, are haraam according to sharee’ah, but those people will permit them. The second is the fact that musical instruments are mentioned alongside things which are definitely known to be haraam, i.e., zinaa and alcohol: if they (musical instruments) were not haraam, why would they be mentioned alongside these things? (adapted from al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani, 1/140-141) [islamqa.com]

Do beneficial things in your spare time like memorising Qur’an, hadith, du’ah, reading about the Sahaba (May Allah be pleased with them)…

This is a reminder to myself also.


10 Responses to “Is it haram to learn and play piano?”

  1. Michael Hamman says:

    Why on earth would it be against God to play a instrument , why is consider evil ?
    Their is no sense in learning the piano if you cant listen to music . I think their nothing wrong with it ,listening to music .i could understand if the music was immoral.how ever music it self isn’t, it the person behind the music that makes it , for thousands of year man kind has had some type of instrument.Were not animals we have to be entertained somehow.Riding in a car is WAY worse than music , music deosnt really harm anything to anyone.
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  2. Sadia says:

    well i learn and play the piano

    insha’Allah it is not haram.
    I guess it all depends on ur intention.

    EDIT:
    Sami Yusuf for example uses piano in his nasheeds and his music doesnt take u away from remembrance of Allah…so i guess it all depends on how you use it.
    But if your music is related to drinking or dancing then its haram

    This is an interesting piece i found on the topic from a sister:
    This question had been on my mind for quite a while, so I’d just like to share my journey of how I came to my present understanding regarding this issue. When I first became a Muslim, I was very scared to do haram things and had the tendency to follow people blindly. Before I did anything, I always went to the Islam QA site to see if it was haram or not. I love playing the piano and I was taking piano lessons in my university, so when I found out that the scholars on Islam QA said playing instruments is haram, listening to classical music is haram, and that even working for a piano moving company is haram, I became disillusioned. I listened to a lecture called "The End of Music" by Kamal el-Mekki and could understand how listening to bad music excessively should be discouraged, but I still didn’t understand why occasionally playing instruments for entertainment purposes is HARAM. I looked up the verses in the Quran and it only says we should not engage in "idle talk" and doesn’t say anything about music. There are several ahadith that seem to indicate that music is bad, but I agree with NinjaAssasin, "Music in the days of prophet Muhammad was associated with drinking and sensuality, of which all the actions are haram." meaning that whenever we are reading a hadith, we should always take its historical context into account and not just interpret everything literally, like we can do with the Quran. Because the hadith is confined to a specific time period and location, and the Quran is universal, what we should do with the hadith is to extract the main idea or lesson to be learned from a narrative and apply it to our modern situation. We should not take a literalist approach and make rules out of the hadith that are word for word the same as the 7th century rulings. After talking to several Muslims that I respect, reading the Quran, consulting more opinions, and reflecting on God’s mercy and wisdom, I have come to the conclusion that playing piano is not haram, even though I should not waste too much time in its indulgence. I have also come to understand that the scholars on Islam QA who tell people that almost everything is haram have done something very serious and displeasing to God. Verse 16:116 in the Quran says:
    And do not say about what your tongues assert of untruth, "This is lawful and this is unlawful," to invent falsehood about Allah . Indeed, those who invent falsehood about Allah will not succeed.
    http://quran.com/16/116
    And indeed, anything that God has not expressly forbidden in the Quran are permitted for us. God is The Compassionate, The Merciful. Insha Allah, we will discover the True Islam with pure intention and spread the knowledge of this beautiful Way of Life to everyone. Insha Allah, we will not forbid what God has permitted for us, and scare away the people who have opened their minds to Islam and are sincerely looking for the Truth. May God guide us unto the Straight Path. Ameen.

    Allah knows best
    References :
    http://www.freeonlinepianolessons.org/is-it-haram-to-play-the-piano/

  3. Sarah Bint Jihad says:

    All music is haram even the piano. Its a musical instrument isn’t it?

    And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allâh, or the Verses of the Qur’ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire). Luqman [31:6]

     The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

     “Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari ta’leeqan, no. 5590; narrated as mawsool by al-Tabaraani and al-Bayhaqi. See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani)

     This hadeeth indicates in two ways that musical instruments and enjoyment of listening to music are haraam. The first is the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “[they] permit” which clearly indicates that the things mentioned, including musical instruments, are haraam according to sharee’ah, but those people will permit them. The second is the fact that musical instruments are mentioned alongside things which are definitely known to be haraam, i.e., zinaa and alcohol: if they (musical instruments) were not haraam, why would they be mentioned alongside these things? (adapted from al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani, 1/140-141) [islamqa.com]

    Do beneficial things in your spare time like memorising Qur’an, hadith, du’ah, reading about the Sahaba (May Allah be pleased with them)…

    This is a reminder to myself also.
    References :
    Qur’an and Sunnah

  4. Muhammad Ishfaq says:

    Music is haram and all its instrument as well.

    There is a red circular mark besides your avatar that alerts me you are sending anti Islamic posts.
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  5. Life Guru says:

    There nothing Haram about learning to play the piano or for that matter any musical instrument. It not Haram according to Quran and it is not Haram according to Hadith literature. These are just sect games and as removed from our beautiful Deen as one can imagine.
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  6. Emily David says:

    I once heard that prophet dawud(a.s) used to play the flute or mouth organ to relax, since the piano is a music instrument like the flute or mouth organ playing the piano may not be haram. Agreed not all music is for dancing and drinking but look at it this way- the fingers make up the hand the hand would not be complete without the fingers. A piano is a music instrument, it is part of music. It may not start of as haram but once u develop a liking for piano, it may make u develop a liking for music. In this present day music is played every where on the radio, t.v. Once u like the sound of piano u may tend to listen to it even when u here it in a song, hence u begin to listen to songs with the aim of hearing the piano and trying to make yours sound the same but sins don’t start out with bad intentions but at the end it is sin. Is just like the saying don’t stare, staring is not the actual sin but it leads to it. My advice if u feel so strongly about playing piano be careful and don’t fall in love with music.
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  7. AS IF ! says:

    Regarding music

    Chapter 31 verse 6
    And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, or the Verses of the Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).
    ( سورة لقمان , Luqman, Chapter #31, Verse #6)

    this refers to music being used to distract people away from Allah [swt],
    This is a area of major disagreement, some say all music and some say just stringed instruments.
    ———

    2 Hadith from Sahih Bukhari [different interpretations can easily be come to]

    1/ Narrated Aisha: Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) came to my house while two girls were singing beside me the songs of Buath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the Ansar, the Khazraj and the Aus, before Islam). The Prophet (p.b.u.h) lay down and turned his face to the other side. Then Abu Bakr came and spoke to me harshly saying, "musical instruments of Satan near the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ?" Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) turned his face towards him and said, "Leave them." When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I signalled to those girls to go out and they left. It was the day of ‘Id, and the Black people were playing with shields and spears; so either I requested the Prophet (p.b.u.h) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (p.b.u.h) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, "Carry on! O Bani Arfida," till I got tired. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) asked me, "Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?" I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave.
    (Book #15, Hadith #70)

    2/ Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari: that he heard the Prophet 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. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.’ Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection."
    (Book #69, Hadith #494v)
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  8. Allah is my only Hope says:

    Dear User,
    I’m not going to do long discussion and talk
    Simply watch it out- It is really helpful Inshallah:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qflrhYkYgjs

    May Allah show you right path and do what is best for you- ameen
    References :
    http://www.alhudapk.com/audio-video/fahm-alquran-english/default.asp

  9. Irish Girl says:

    yes
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  10. Happy-go-lucky Rita says:

    What is the piano made of? It is only wood, plastic, metal, etc, absolutely nothing of haram material. Your parents are confused, not you.

    Ask yourself, is it haram to make music by beating your cooking pots with wooden spoons?
    Of course not.

    Is it haram to make your own drums at home?
    No it isn’t.

    No it is not haram to learn and play piano.

    Where in the Quran or Hadiths does it ever say that all musical intruments are haram?
    There are no evidences in the Quran or Hadiths.

    Now you can go and take piano lessons.
    I play piano; besides piano is good for exercising your brain’s muscless, thus heightening your sense of co-ordination. Piano is helpful to anyone with dyslexia. It improves their sense of co-ordination and opens their otherwise blocked neurological pathways in brain.
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