Music has the same ill effect as intoxicants


Is this Hadith authentic?

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Keep away from music, because it incites the feelings of lust, destroys shame, and it intoxicates like wine.” [Shu’abul Iman]



I have not come across this narration in Shu’abul Iman or any other Hadith source as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Imams Ibn Abid Dunya and Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this as the statement of Yazid Ibn Walid An Naqis [Demise: 126 A.H].


The part in question is as follows:

Yazid Ibn Walid An Naqis said addressing the Banu Umayyah: “Keep away from music for it decreases modesty, increases lust, destroys chivalry, is a substitute for wine and has the same [ill] effect as an intoxicant…”

(Dhammul Malahi: 52, Maktabah Ibn Taymiyyah edition, Shu’abul Iman: 4754. Also see: Tarikhul Islam, vol. 5 pg. 568)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar