Q 9: What is
the ruling on listening to the Qur'an on the radio?
A: The radio
is an instrument which in itself has no special ruling. The ruling is on the material broadcasted through it. If the radio broadcasts Qur’an, clarification of the Laws of Allah, heart-softening exhortations, authentic news by which people know the status of other nations and countries in the world to become more aware and can adopt a correct stance towards their friends and enemies, commercial news by which the people know what benefits them in life and other suchlike benefits, in such cases, listening to the radio will be a good thing, or even Wajib (obligatory) sometimes.However, if the radio broadcasts immoral songs or false news whose purpose is to reverse the truth and deceive people, and in substance they are mere empty shows and provoke emotions by announcing falsehoods, and such vices, it will be falsehood which does not befit the Muslims to listen to or be silent about. (Part No. 4; Page No. 159) The only exception is that when the person who listens to such false news and opinions is knowledgeable enough so that they can reveal the falsehood and protect the Ummah (nation based on one creed) from the dangers of being deceived by florid, phony talk.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.