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Anasheeds are popular throughout the Islamic world. The material and lyrics of anasheed usually make reference to Islamic beliefs, history, and religion, as well as current events. .
Some Ulema argue that the use of musical instruments is implicitly prohibited in the Ahadith. The founders of all four of the major madhabs—schools of thought in Islam—as well as many other prominent scholars, have debated the legitimacy and use of musical instruments. One such example of the scholars' opinions is of the famous Muslim scholar, Abu Hanifa, according to whose madhab, the Hanafi madhab, if a person is known to listen to such forbidden musical instruments, their testimony is not to be accepted. Another Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, once said that music is like alcohol to the soul. A majority of Muslim scholars traditionally have held that music with all its instruments are Haraam: sinful by the hadith, as well as by tradition.
The only instrument commonly used in Anasheeds is the duff, which is a small hand drum, similar in size to a tambourine, but lacking bells..
 Prohibition in the Qur’anIt is stated in the Qur'an that
And of mankind is he who purchases Laghwal Hadith to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and takes it (Verses of the Qur'ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).Some of the closest companions of Muhammad, namely Abdullah ibn Abbas and Abdullah ibn Mas'ud, state in their Tafsirs (commentaries on the Qur'an) that “Laghwal Hadith” mentioned in the above verse of Qur'an “.. is singing”. In particular, it is reported that Abd Allah ibn Mas'ud used to "swear by Allah and say that idle talk is singing."
In addition to this basic evidence, both Sunni and Shi'ite scholars cite several other passages from the Qu'ran as evidence for the prohibition of musical instruments.
 Prohibition in the HadithAccording to the authentic collection of Sunni Islam, Muhammad said that musical instruments are sinful:
“Narrated Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari (a companion of Muhammad) that he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful”. However, the isnad of this hadith includes Hisham ibn Ammar, who is not considered trustworthy.
 Prohibition in Islamic traditionApart from the evidence that Sunni scholars draw out from the Qur'an and Hadith, many Islamic scholars throughout Muslim history have agreed that every type of music and musical instruments is Haraam. These scholars include the four imams, namely Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi'i and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
 Modern interpretations
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Appealing to a significant Muslim crowd and also leading to performance of such artists at Islamic orientated festivals (such as Milad), conferences, concerts and shows, including ISNA, Celebrate Eid, and Young Muslims. Other artists and organisations such as Nasheedbay promote an instrument-free stance with anasheed, differing from the current trends of the increasing usage of instruments in anasheed.
 See also
- AhmadJibril.com (Archived version
- Qur'an, Chapter 31(Lugman): Verse 6.
- "Muslim Creed." The Daar of Islamic Heritage. 2008-01-03. Retrieved on 2008-09-25. Archived 2009-10-25.
- Shahih al-Bukhari Volume 7, Book 69, Number 494v: English translation of this hadith here.
- Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid. "Ruling on so-called “Islamic” songs with musical instruments. Islam Question & Answer. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.