Al Azhar: Singing Quranic verses accompanied with musical instruments is forbidden

Fatwa, posted 6.12.2014, from Egypt, in:
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Al Azhar: Singing Quranic verses accompanied with musical instruments is forbidden

Al Azhar’s High Authority for Islamic Studies emphasized that singing Quranic verses with music is forbidden in Islamic jurisprudence. This statement came in response to several reports circulating in the media and online about an Indonesian opera company singing Quranic versus with an orchestra.

Al Azhar explained that the Quran is the book of God available to whomever might seek its wisdom and that the prophet Mohammed called for Muslims to recite it. The prophet commended those who recite the Quran in a precise manner that conveys its meaning.

The prophetic tradition, Sunnah, dictated that one improves the manner in which they recite the Quran. Recitation differs from singing, according to Al Azhar, which insisted that singing the Quran to a tune is forbidden. Al Azhar explained that adding a tune makes the Quran comparable to songs and reduces the capacity of the readers and listeners to understand the true meaning of the verses now masked.

Al Azhar considered this to be a deviation and a distortion and Dar Al-Ifta Al-Misriyyah ruled that singing the Quran is forbidden.