Islam is a very joyful Religion. Singing is one way of expressing the joy of Islam. Nasheed in its basic form simply means a song. However, in Islam what is meant by Nasheed is a song that carries with it an Islamic belief, practice, etiquette, lesson etc. They do take many forms. Some are just pure simple praises of Allah, some have very specific lessons related to Quranic passages whilst some are lessons of life stated in an Islamic manner.
Our religion Islam in various ways allows religious scholars to write Nasheed verses, recite or listen to them. Sahih evidences and reports state that our Prophet (peace be upon him) and his respectable Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) used to recite verses and listened to them as Nasheeds and requested to do this also both when they are travelling and when they stayed at home, in their social occasion and while they were working independently. The Companions of the Messenger of Allah didn’t talk in devious tones or in a delicate way. They used to recite Nasheed verses in their social events and if it was the matter of their religion they would then eventually be intense and mindful towards the words and Nasheeds they recite or listen. Currently, Ahmed Bukhatir is one of the most leading and inspiring artists who is famous amongst Arab masses with his soulful voice and meaningful Nasheeds.
This evidence shows that nasheeds are permissible, regardless of whether presented independently or in a team. The word Nasheed in Arabic means raising the voice while discussing verse and making the voice sound wonderful, delicate and soothing to one’s ears.
There are conditions to which attention must be paid regarding this matter. They are as follows:
1. Not doing it excessively or making it the focus of the Muslim’s brain occupying all his time leading to or ignoring required obligations duties because of it.
2. Nasheed should not be recited by ladies or incorporate haram or obscene speech.
3. They should not resemble the tunes of the people of immorality and promiscuity.
4. They should not have convincing tunes that influence the audience to feel “high” as happens to individuals who tune into songs. This is the current situation of a lot of the Nasheeds which show up these days which leads attentions of the listeners away from the importance of the words that are recited since they are so enchanted by the tunes within them.
5. The tunes of Nasheeds does not divert from the study and rulings of the Quran.
However, Allah knows the best but Nasheeds are considered to bring peace in people hearts when recited or listened.