clarify this please i was sent this in my mail by friend many people love ring tones, me inclusive. so help FATAAWA ON RING TONES Using musical tunes on mobile phones Taken from islam-qa - Shaykh Munajjid Question: Is there anything wrong with using mobile phones which play tunes, because these tunes are a kind of music, or not? In fact it is possible to avoid this problem by using a mobile telephone whose ringing tone is a verse of Qur’aan. ANSWER: Praise be to Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated that musical instruments are haraam when he said: “There will be among my ummah people who will regard as permissible adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5590. This hadeeth indicates that musical instruments are haraam in two ways. Firstly, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said “they will regard as permissible,” which clearly indicates that the things mentioned – including musical instruments – are forbidden in sharee’ah but those people will regard them as permissible. Secondly, musical instruments are mentioned alongside things which are definitively forbidden, namely adultery and alcohol. If they were not haraam, they would not be mentioned alongside these things. (al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani, 1/140-141). Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: This hadeeth indicates that musical instruments are haraam. (Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 11/535). It is possible to do without these haraam tunes by setting the phone to ring with an ordinary tone, or something else that is not regarded as a musical tune. The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked about the ruling on musical tunes on mobile phones. They replied: It is not permissible to use musical tunes for telephones or any other devices, because listening to musical instruments is haraam, as is indicated by the evidence of sharee’ah. It is possible to do without them by using the ordinary ringing tone. And Allaah is the Source of strength. Majallat al-Da’wah, issue no. 1790, p. 42. The questioner mentioned that it is possible to set the ringing tone as a verse of Qur’aan, but it is better not to do that, because there is the fear that this may be a kind of disrespect towards the Holy Qur’aan. Allaah revealed the Qur’aan to be a Book of guidance showing the right way, to be recited and pondered and acted upon, not to be a means of alerting people. It is sufficient for the questioner to set his phone to an ordinary ringing tone. And Allaah knows best. ************* Mobile phones making haraam sounds Taken from islam-qa - Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid Question: What is your opinion of what we hear of the annoying ringing of mobile phones with a musical ring and their being so popular that they are even heard in the mosques?. Answer: Praise be to Allaah. Setting mobile phones to ring with a musical tone is reprehensible and haraam, and it is even worse and more haraam if that happens in the houses of Allaah, namely the mosques, because that is openly committing falsehood and haraam in that place, so the sin of the one who brings it with him is even worse in the mosque. It is known that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated that musical instruments are haraam, meaning the instruments that give these musical sounds. These mobile phones have these sounds recorded in them which is repeated every time a call comes to the owner of the phone. I wonder what will be recorded in the record of deeds of those who make their mobile phones play music in the houses of Allaah during the prayer, and disturb themselves and others, and make the voice of falsehood and the musical instruments of the Shaytaan echo loudly in the houses of Allaah. Do they not fear their Lord and repent to Him and give up what they are doing and change this evil, especially when there is a permissible alternative in the other regular, non-musical sounds that they can choose for the phone’s ring? We should note that the ringing of the telephone, even if it is a permissible sound, should still be turned off before entering the mosque, so that it will not disturb the worshippers. And Allaah is the One Whose help we seek and to whom we complain. There is no power and no strength except with Allaah. Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid Mobile Ringtones by Muhammad Abdullah Friday, January 26, 2007 Shaykh Muhammad Saliym mentioned the following, regarding the types of ring tones a Muslim should have on his mobile: One should endeavour to switch off our mobiles when coming into the Masjid. If we leave them on silent then at least wait till you go outside before looking at them. It is haraam to have musical ring tones. (Even though those who do this have good intentions) it is also inappropriate to have Adhaan or Qiraah as ring tones. The Qur’aan and Adhaan were not sent to this world in order to inform us that a friend of ours is ringing us on our mobile. ************* Turkish imam to fine owners of ringing mobile phones during prayers April 6, 2007 The plan to fine those whose mobile phones ring during the namaz or prayers has been welcomed by public and is expected to spread into other parts of the province. MUS - The mufti or senior Muslim cleric for the southeastern Turkish city of Mus has ordered that anyone whose mobile phone rings while they are praying in one of the region’s mosques should pay a fine of 10 Turkish lira. Mufti Ali Melek said that the money raised from the fines would be go towards the needs of Mus’ mosques. Currently, the fine is limited to the city of Mus but soon would spread throughout the province, according to Melek. ************* A Fatwa Against Ringtones October 09, 2006 According to Cellular News, an imam at a Mosque in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa against mobile phones after one rang during prayers on Saturday, playing Arabic pop music. "The fatwa states that the next time somebody allows their phone to go off in the congregation, the imam could throw the guilty person out of the mosque."