The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: "Whoever directs someone to a good, then he will have the reward equal to the doer of the action". [Saheeh Muslim]

Musical Tunes on cell phones:

It is not permissible to use the musical tunes on telephones or any other kind of gadget, because listening to musical instruments is haraam as is indicated by the evidence of sharee3ah. We should do without them and use the regular ringing.(1)

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 sharee3ah. It is possible to do without them by using the ordinary ringing tone. And Allaah is the Source of strength.  (2)

Using Adhaan, Qur’aan verses or Recitation of Qur’an as Mobile ring tones:

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said:

This is degrading (or misusing) the Adhaan, Thikr, and the Noble Qur’aan. So these should not be taken as alarms (i.e. ring tones). The Qur’aan is not to be taken for use as an alarm. It might be said: “This is better than music!” Ok, the music – are you forced to use it?!

Leave the music, and put something that is an alarm tone (i.e. normal ringing). Something that does not contain music, nor does it contain Qur’aan. It should be a simple ring only. (3)

The Islamic Jurisprudence Council has banned the use of the verses of the Qur’aan as ringtones for mobile phones because it impinges on the sacred character of the the Book.

“It is demeaning and degrading to the verses of the Holy Book to stop abruptly at the middle of a recitation or neglecting the recitation, as happens when they are used as ringtones in mobile phones.” (4)

Ringing of mobile phones in the mosques:

Shaykh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid said:

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 sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam 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. (5)

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(2) Majallat al-Da’wah, issue no. 1790, p. 42.  (
(3) From a tape entitled: Liqaa’ Maftooh ma’a Ash-Shaikh Al-‘Allaamah Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah). Dated 10-23-1426 Hijri. Translated by Aqeel Walker

Comments on: "Some rulings on Mobile ring tones" (6)

  1. Hazel Romualdo said:

    I have a question. If using Qur’an verses as ringtone is haraam what about using dua as ringtone. Is it not haraam. Because I think one should not also use dua as ringtone. For me it doesn’t sound to be correct. What does it connotes if you use dua as ringtone to let poeple know that you are a Muslim. But that is a prayer and you press the mobile to stop the prayer in the middle. Is that correct?

  2. Yes Dua and Quranic verses both are not permissible to be used as a cell phone ringtone because its mentioned in this topic that neglecting any verse of the quran or stoping the tone at the middle of recitation is degrading to the verses so the same is with Dua because in Dua we mention Allah’s name and seek his help so both has the same rulling…
    else Allah Knows Best…

  3. So….regular ringing does NOT use a “musical instrument?” This is inconsistent and makes no sense. First, both musical tunes and regular ringing use the same instrument…MIDI/synthesized sound generated digitally. To differentiate between musical tunes and regular ringing is like saying a crow’s voice is haraam but a sparrow’s voice is halal. So is sound haram? Manipulation of sound is haram too?

    There are different opinions regarding music. Be sure to read up on all of them before taking a stance.

    Allah knows best.

    Assalamu Alaikum

  4. IF the regular ringing tone has music then it is Haraam to use. The permissibility is to use ordinary kind of ring tone (like the old kinda telephone ringing sound)

    According to all scholars & ijmaa’ of scholars, music is Haraam. Prophet sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “There will be among my ummah people who will regard as permissible adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” [Bukhaaree]

    & Allaah knows best

  5. Rahmeto said:

    Is it possible to put mobile which has quran verses in pocket and enter toilet?

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