Praise be to Allaah.
The clear saheeh texts
indicate in a number of ways that it is permissible to recite poetry and
listen to it. It was narrated in saheeh reports that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his noble Companions (may
Allaah be pleased with them) listened to verse, recited it (as nasheed)
and asked others to recite it, both when they were travelling and when
they stayed at home, in their gatherings and whilst they were working,
individually, as in the case of Hassaan ibn Thaabit, ‘Aamir ibn
al-Akwa’ and Anjashah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and in unison,
as in the hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which describes
the digging of the ditch (al-khandaq).
When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw how exhausted and hungry we were, he said (in verse):
“O Allaah, there is no
life except the life of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansaar and the
And they said in response:
“We are the ones who have
pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to make jihaad for as long as we live.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari,
This evidence indicates that
nasheeds are permissible, whether recited individually or in unison. The
word nasheed in Arabic means raising the voice when reciting verse and
making the voice sound beautiful and gentle.
Nasheed should not be
recited by women, or include haraam or obscene speech.
Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 8/711