Praise be to Allaah.
The Shaza channel is not one of the al-Majd channels, rather
al-Majd markets itself through it.
Nasheed means words with a tune, and the ruling thereon is
known if the words of the nasheed are known, and how it is performed, and
whether it is accompanied by musical instruments or not.
By studying the words of the scholars and trustworthy
Shaykhs, we can compile a list of the guidelines and conditions which must
be fulfilled in order for the nasheed to be permissible. These include the
The words should be free of
haraam and worthless content.
The nasheed should not be
accompanied by musical instruments. No musical instruments are permissible
except the daff for women on specific occasions.
It should be free of vocal
effects that imitate the sound of musical instruments.
The nasheed should not be a
habit for the listener, or waste his time, or affect his obligatory duties
or mustahabb actions, such as affecting his reading of Qur’aan and calling
people to Allaah.
The performer should not be a
woman in front of men, or a man in front of women.
One should avoid listening to
people with soft voices or who move rhythmically when performing, because
all of that is fitnah and an imitation of immoral people.
One should avoid the images
that are put on their cassette cases, and more importantly one should avoid
showing them in video clips of their nasheeds, especially images of
provocative movements and imitations of immoral singers.
The focus of the nasheed should
be the words, not the tune.
These guidelines and scholarly comments on them have been
explained in the answer to question no.
Unfortunately we have to say that the Shaza channel does not
pay attention to most of these conditions and guidelines, and its broadcasts
are filled with all kinds and types of nasheed, even if it contains
something that goes against sharee’ah. They showed a male nasheed group who
were wearing a uniform and performing a dabkeh dance, whilst using vocal
effects that sounded like musical instruments, and some of the nasheeds
depicted wedding parties, and among the audience could be seen people who
were smoking openly in front of people, and this was broadcast as though it
was an Islamic nasheed.
They also broadcast some of these nasheeds from festivals and
celebrations in which could be heard clapping and whistling to encourage the
singer and applaud him. As for some of them shaving their beards or cutting
them too short, or letting their garments hang below their ankles, this
happens a great deal.
There is another serious issue related to these anaasheed,
which is that women are attracted to these male singers. So you see them
coming out wearing the finest clothes, or even wearing makeup! And the
singers have started to put their pictures and cell phone numbers on the
covers of their cassettes, like immoral singers. The fact that some women
are attracted to these nasheed singers is something that cannot be denied,
so heads of households who are responsible for their flocks should pay
attention to this serious matter.
Some of those who are in charge of this channel have tried to
market it from a shar’i angle by giving prominence to Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez
al-Fawzaan’s praise of them, but when the Shaykh found out what they are
really like, and that it is not one of the al-Majd channels, and that it is
only for nasheed – when he had been told that it belonged to al-Majd and was
a youth channel – he recanted his praise for them and warned them not to
Warnings against this channel have also been issued by the
General Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal
al-Shaykh (may Allaah preserve him).
In a meeting with the Shaykh at ‘Asr on Thursday 13/9/1427 AH
on the al-Majd channel, on its program called Ma’a Samaahat al-Mufti,
he was asked about the Shaza nasheed channel and he replied:
With regard to the Shaza channel which is for nasheed, I hope
that the people in charge of al-Majd will close down this channel, because
in fact they are nasheed which may include Sufi nasheeds, and they may
contain melodious voices that could distract people from that which is
better than that. Sufi styles and Sufi nasheeds and so on are things that
were denounced by the scholars who said: This prevents the people from
remembering Allaah, and it is singing, but they made it appear good by
saying that it is Islamic nasheeds and prayer to Allaah and so on.
What one should do is not introduce this channel. I do not
watch it and I advise people to avoid it. I hope that those who founded it
will fear Allaah and keep away from this channel and avoid supporting it or
spending on it, and will not be tempted by it or by those who promote it or
who try to find a justification for it, because it is no more than nasheed
that distract people from that which is better for them. End quote.
The veracity of what Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal al-Shaykh (may
Allaah preserve him) said is supported by the fact that it may include Sufi
The presence of prominent Sufis
who take part in it, who are regarded as geniuses of nasheed by them
A lot of songs about Madeenah,
its inhabitants and the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him)
Many Sufi expressions in a lot
of their nasheeds, such as Mawlaya (my master), ya sanadi (my support),
umarrigh al-khadd bi’l-i’taab (I rub my cheek on the threshold of your
door), aghithni minka bi’l-madad (help me by your aid), and so on.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have
mercy on him) was asked:
I hope that you can explain in detail the issue of nasheeds,
and the ruling on selling them.
Shaykh: What nasheeds?
Questioner: The Islamic nasheeds that are sold on
He replied: I cannot give a ruling on them, because they
vary, but I can give you a general guideline.
If the nasheeds are accompanied
by the daff, then they are haraam, because the daff is only permissible in a
specific situation, not all the time. It is more forbidden if it is
accompanied by music or tabl (drums other than the daff).
If it is free of those things,
then we examine it further. Is it performed in the manner of immoral songs?
This is also not permissible because one soon finds that one gets used to
this immoral manner of performance and enjoys it, and that may lead one to
start listening to haraam kinds of songs.
If these nasheed are sung by
young men with attractive voices, i.e., they could provoke desire, or a
person may enjoy listening to the sound regardless of the content of the
nasheed, then this is also not permissible.
But if the nasheeds speak of Islamic zeal and not as
described above, then there is nothing wrong with them, but it is better to
listen to Qur’aan rather than that, or to listen to a useful lecture, or to
listen to a lesson by a scholar. This is better, as it will serve a
religious purpose and also make it easy for a person, because a person may
be travelling from Makkah to Madeenah, for example, and he needs something
to keep him awake.
Questioner: But what is the ruling on selling them?
Shaykh: I will give you a guideline. Everything that it is
haraam to use, it is also haraam to sell, because the Messenger (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Allaah forbids a people to
eat something, He also forbids its price to them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood,
and it is saheeh.
Liqaa’aat al-Baab il-Maftooh
Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve
We do not deny that it is permissible to listen to nasheed
that is free from haraam elements and to record it. But what we object to is
We object to calling it Islamic
We object to listening to it so
much that it leaves no room for things that are more beneficial
We object to putting it in
religious programs, or doing it in unison, or in enchanting voices.
We object to recording it and
offering it for sale, because this is a means of distracting people, and a
means of introducing Sufi bid’ahs to the Muslims via these nasheeds, or a
means of propagating nationalistic and partisan slogans also. End quote.
Bayaan li Akhta’ ba’d al-Kuttaab
And Allaah knows best.