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IslamQA: Is listening to music sinful when fasting?

Assalamualaikum, is it wrong to listen to music during, it seems to be the consensus amongst many Muslims on twitter… Jzk

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

I’m guessing you are asking about listening to music when fasting. I consider music to be morally neutral so listening to music is the same as listening to the singing of birds, and it makes no difference whether one is fasting or not (if the music is wholesome). But since we are encouraged to be extra pious when fasting, it is a good thing to avoid all kinds of music that have any hints of worldliness and impiety, such as love songs and most pop music.

It is a matter between you and God. If you feel the music you are listening to might not be perfectly approved by God, then it is extra important to avoid it when fasting.

And God knows best.

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