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A Clear Explanation for The Prohibition of Music Part 3

Pinpointing Singing

In the previous articles we understood that the prohibited and taboo singing is the use of diversional words with tunes that are considered proper for entertainment gatherings. We also made it clear that we are currently talking about vocal music and singing, hence we will talk about the use of musical instruments or instrumental music in coming articles. In this article we move on to another part of the case which is an answer to “how do we know that this tune is considered proper for entertainment gatherings?”.  
The answer to this question is: “and the way to know it is in this element, is by convention (that it is considered singing). Singing does not have to give liveliness to be considered prohibited.”
So according to Sayed Sistani this answer consists of two parts:
The first part is that it is by referring to convention that one may know if the singing is prohibited. Convention means a way in which something is usually done, so the taboo singing has a tune that is proper for diversional and entertainment gatherings. To know if a tune is in this status one should see if the tune and rhythm is usually used by performers and “artists” or in other words people see this tune and rhythm appropriate for performers and entertainers. Sometimes a tune can be beautiful but not used by singers and performers and not seen proper for their sinister doings, therefore using such a rhythm is considered permissible. So there are three scenarios:
1-    One is certain that a rhythm and tune is used by singers and entertainers and seen by people suitable for them, therefore using this rhythm is considered prohibited. 
2-    One is certain that a rhythm is not used by singers or proper for their gatherings, therefore using it is considered permissible. 
3-    One is uncertain that a tune is used by singers or not, so the usage of this tune is permissible.   
The second part is that it is not necessary for a singing being prohibited to give the listener liveliness. According to the verdict of Sayed Sistani even if a song does not consist of this status it is still considered prohibited if it has the other conditions. In other words, a song does not have to make listeners dance to be considered prohibited.  


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