Listening to Music according to the 4 Imams…
Hasan al-Basri: If there is music involved in a dinner invitation to a walima, then do not accept the invitation.
[Please note that these 'consensus' opinions of the 4 great Imams and their schools, do not include some of the modern Western 'scholars' who visit the White House, so be careful before accepting or following them.] ;)
Imam Abu Hanifa: Strictest with regard to music as his and his students comments are the harshest, as mentioned by Ibn Qayyim. ‘It is haram to listen to all musical instruments, and the one who does is a fasiq (rebellious evildoer, someone who lacks moral restraint), whose testimony is to be rejected. Also said listening to music and ‘enjoying’ it is kufr.
Abu Hanifa said,”singing is one of the biggest sins that one must leave immediately.”
Imam Ahmad: “It sprouts hypocrisy in the heart and I do not like it.”
Imam Malik: When asked about those who said ‘singing is permissible’ said, ‘No one would say that except a faasiq. It is only the sinful people who do that.’ Scholars say that this is also the view of the people of Madinah.
Imam Shafi: ”The person is a fasiq and his testimony is not accepted.”
Conclusion: “Not one of the four madhahib said it was halal.”
Apologies if I’ve offended anyone (especially non-Muslims).
May Allah SWT guide us all and keep us upon the truth and forgive us our shortcomings.