Musical instruments

Q: What is the legal ruling on musical instruments, especially when the person who plays these instruments performs all the obligatory Salahs (Prayers) in congregation at their due time. He plays them to perform the Islamic songs. Please, substantiate your answer with evidence from the Qur'an and the Sunnah. May Allah reward you with the best!

A: Like singing, playing musical instruments is Haram (prohibited), even if the person who plays or listens to them is not distracted from performing Salahs at their due time or in congregation. Playing these instruments per se is an involvement in idle affairs and vanity that may lead to neglecting other obligations. It also leads to a gradual deterioration and bad effects on the heart and morality. (Part No. 26; Page No. 245) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!