Fasting and music
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
I am working at a Call Centre where I sit in front of the computer for the whole day and there is a lot of music played around me.... But when we are fasting we are not supposed to watch T.V. or listen to music... what can I do in these situation
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Beloved brother in Islam, it is not that the watching of television and the listening of music is forbidden only while fasting; but what is forbidden at all times to those who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day is everything that is associated with fahisha or indecency, when watching such programs on television or otherwise, or listening to illegal or string-music.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 64 Tagabhun verse 16: So fear Allah as much as ye can; listen and obey; and spend in charity for the benefit of your own souls: and those saved from the covetousness of their own souls they are the ones that achieve prosperity.
It is indeed unfortunate that in the times we live today illegal string music is played almost everywhere one goes; in the airports, on the radio, in the malls, in the supermarkets, on the telephones, etc. The commandment and guidance of Allah Subhanah is to fear Allah Subhanah as much as is possible, and one should strive to the best of his ability to stay within the boundaries of Allah and His Messenger (saws).
If one is on duty in such a place where it is beyond his control what channels are played on television or what kind of music is constantly relayed, it should not happen that he starts enjoying the fahisha and the music, for then he would be involved in its sin.
If there is simply no way around being involved with this constant fahisha and illegal music where one works, and his striving to stay within the boundaries of Allah and His Messenger (saws) is being compromised; it would be righteousness to seek to employ ones talent elsewhere where one is able to protect his deen and live within the boundaries of Islam. If one does this for the sake of Allah Subhanah, he should know that Allah Subhanah is well aware of the condition of each of His believing slaves, and that Allah is more than Sufficient and Able to provide for His creation.
And if one is unable to find other employment, and strives to fear Allah Subhanah as much as he possibly can in the place he is employed, hating what is around him and waiting for an opportunity to leave this evil surroundings on the first available moment; it is expected that Allah Subhanah will accept the striving of such righteous believers and reward them from His Unending Bounty and Grace in this world and the Hereafter.
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Your Brother in Islam,