The effect of music vs. the Quran on an apple | Imagine what it does to your heart

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When I started turning towards Islam in university, I was faced with the question of abstaining for music. It was a hard decision but I eventually took the plunge and gave it up. It wasn’t an easy journey for me and I moved back to listening to music, then gave it up only to once again start it again. I finally gave it up completely Alhamdulillah over five years ago (May Allah help me stay on this path).

There are many who would argue that there is nothing wrong with music, it is just another gift of God, etc. The below just serves to confirm to me that my decision was indeed a wise one, an attempt to raise my level of Taqwa, an attribute that needs constant work from our part. As we enter the last ten days of Ramadan, we will need to start the struggle to continue the momentum of Ramadan. For indeed if we were to walk away from Ramadan without a positive change it would be a big travesty on our part. Your positive change could be giving up music. Insha’Allah I hope the below will help you towards this change.

Ramadan Kareem and may Allah (SWT) accept our deeds and have this month serve as time for our forgiveness and for the shower of His mercy.


A few months back, the following email sent to the list serve of Al-Huda Canada was forwarded to another list I am on. The content of the email (reproduced below) was amazing.

Assalamoalaikum wrwb
Few weeks ago my daughter, who is in first grade had a science fair at her school.  We decided to do an interesting experiment.  Our Hypothesis was that listening to Qur’an has physical effects just like listening to music has physically visible effects.  To prove our point we took an apple which also has 60-70 percent water content like human bodies.  We cut the apple into half, put each half in a zip lock bag and then for seven days played Qur’an for one half of the apple and music to another half of the apple .. Both apples were kept on room temperature.  The results were amazing and so our hypothesis was accepted.
In Quran Surah Luqman Allah(s.a.w) says:
And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, or the Verses of the Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).(6)
In surah Yunus Allah SWT says about  Quran:
O mankind! There hath come to you a admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy. (57)
Please look at the attached pictures.  The first picture is of the apple when it was freshly cut. Second picture is after 3 weeks of the experiment.
JazakAllah Khiaran


Shared By: Quanita Rizvi

Al Huda Institute, Canada

The above account was amazing. Thus, the staff at Reflections, a school in Karachi repeated the experiment to verify it. Below is the email sent by Asim Ismail, the Islamic curriculum head of the school.

For two weeks the teacher played music in front of half of an apple for 10 mins daily. While qirat was played in front of the other half for the same duration…the pictures speak for themselves (original pictures)…the rotten half is the one which heard music, and the comparatively fresh one was made to listen to Quran’s recitation… SUBHANALLAH! one more amazing thing is the Quran apple has a good smell and the other one u can imagine.

good applerotten apple

both apples

“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”

(Surah ar’Ra’d 13:28)

Subhan’Allah. May Allah help us to protect our hearts from corruption and to heal it with the remembrance of Allah (SWT) and the recitation of the Quran. Aameen.

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About Aly Balagamwala

"Abu Ibrahym" Muhammad Aly Balagamwala (AKA DiscoMaulvi) is an entrepreneur/industrialist who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. Aly graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Textile Chemistry, and somewhere in those 4 years became a practicing Muslim (May Allah reward the wonderful community of Raleigh, NC for that). He is/has been associated with the fabrics, towels, animal feeds, minerals, and grains/pulses/edibles sectors. Known in the Social Media / Blogging community of Pakistan as DiscoMaulvi, he occasionally writes on his personal blog From The Pulpit ... Sermons of DiscoMaulvi and is easily accessible via Twitter (@DiscoMaulvi) and his Facebook Page. Since he turned towards religion in 1998, Aly has been associated with various Social / Dawah projects. He was a Shurah member (1999-2000) & the President (2000) of the NCSU Muslim Students Association (MSA). He was also a Shurah member (2005-2009) and the Ameer (2007) of Active Saturdays. He is currently serving as a consultant for LiveDeen and as a Trustee of Little Deeds. In 2011 he joined the staff of, where he is currently the team lead for MM's Comments Moderation team and is also part of the News and Social Networking teams. MM is a collaboration b/w Bloggers and Islamic scholars, to bring to attention issues being faced by Muslims in the West and around the world. He also blogs on Express Tribune Blogs. As an Amateur Technical Analyst of Karachi Stock Exchange, he is known on the KSE Yahoo Groups as Aly B of DCTA (Dhakka Chaap Technical Analysis).

Posted on 2011/08/20, in Islam and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 154 Comments.

  1. Papa kedana

    So the music played at the apple is hard rock with abusive language. What about beethoven’s music? Pachelbel’s canon in D? soft music? music without harsh language?

  2. Salam
    Correction: please refer to first email above, phrase “In Quran Surah Luqman Allah(s.a.w) says:” supposed to be write” In Quran Surah Luqman Allah(SWT) says:”.

    Thank you.

  3. so amazing ! :) thanks for the sharing :)

  4. teacher liz

    I would say, any words of humilation, degrading, unlawful and inmoral are surely morbidity to anything of God’s creation.

  5. subhanallah..

  6. Really interesting n eye opening!

  7. Thanks for the valueble info may we come closer to the quran because the quran is also “shifa”or healer

  8. The experiment is missing a key control… an apple slice that was listening to nothing.

  9. this is because water has memory…..

  10. Another scientist, Masaru Emoto, has proven the same thing with water. Chants and prayers of any religion are rhythmical and soothing, it is not something exclusive to Islam.

    yeh but he would say that no-one is going to say their own religion makes things bad. We want solid evidence. Independent d/blind testing should be done.

  11. Can someone find out what type of music they played?

  12. Yea you really needed a control for the experiment: an apple not listening to music. The reverberation of the quran does have healing powers however without the control you can only prove the other apple rotted at a faster rate not that music rotted the apple.

  13. First of all, this experiment is complete pseudoscience. The hypothesis is vague and doesn’t describe what these “physical effects” are. Second, the justification of an apple as a human model is absurd. The proportional water content in apples and humans does would not be sufficient enough to justify these “physical effects”. There are far more biological differences in produce vs. mammals than there are similarities. In addition, this is a sample size of 1. A larger sample size is necessary. The description of the apple was not given nor any description of its preparation. Certain parts of the apple may have been more susceptible to decay than others. The ziplock bags used have not been described as sterile. How can one justify the cause of the apple decay was in fact music. Other causes may include handling of the apple as well as potential microbes in one ziplock bag. These microbes weren’t controlled for in the experimental design. Furthermore, this is only a qualitative assessment (sample size of 1) rather than a quantitative one. There needs to be description of the type of decay occurring as well as progressive time-lined documentation of the decay. Finally, the human heart is not at all the center of spiritual enlightenment as claimed in “imagine what it would do to your heart”. Our emotions are well known to be products of chemical reactions occurring in our brain.

    • Emotions and spiritual enlightenment aren’t related…Spiritual enlightenment is reliant on a persons beliefs and what they have in their heart, it has nothing to do with emotions. So the fact that emotions are caused by the brain is irrelevant. Muhammad pbuh said there is an organ in the body, if that organ is purified then the whole body is inclined to do good…that is the heart.

    • Its simple to undastand. Both half-apples have a limited time to rot but one stays longer than the other. The experiment is only saying ur heart is better purified listening to the Qur’an than metals bn hit together. So simple.

      • Just because it’s simple to understand does not mean it’s valid especially if the experiment is completely not credible based on experimental design and interpretations of the results.

      • Charles

        This is not a scientific experiment and is not supposed to be. It is supposed to be one of those things that boost the Emaan (faith) of those who believe. It boosted mine cause I believe. :)

        Your mileage may vary.

  14. Faisal Ali


  15. The point is that listening to the Quran will preserve ur heart and soul. If the natural rotting process for an apple is delayed and the apple stayed as though it had been cut up an hour or so ago then the effect on our bodies for listening and reciting the Quran will be far greater. It’s an amazing thing.

  16. Hmm good for the apple, but no where is Islam does is say music is bad or forbidden— this is one distortion man has made to make religion more difficult. Even the top scholars in Islam in a documentary admitted this, these were extremely well bred and highly educated men that have researched the religion, and all around Islam all over the world. This music thing is a joke, God knows I love him and I love music, just like Quran, music soothes me when I hear it. I opt for soothing music, you have choices…

    • aoa. brother there is a thing called the HADITH. rasul saww says that i was sent as a destroyer of musical instruments. that shows very clearly, for people who want to see, that music is haraam. think for a second, would rasul saww listen to some latest english shakira naozobillah.

  17. Interesting experiment, there must be some sort of scientific explanation for this phenomenon. The experiment lacked an apple exposed to no sound. I am sure this half of the apple would have been the freshest. What I can hypothesise, based on my feeble knowledge of physics, is that the process of degradation has been accelerated by the sound waves produced by both music and the hymn. This is more pronounced with music, because of its sheer unevenness with varying tempos, harmonies e.t.c. . As compared to religious hymns and prayers which are more consistent and sung on a constant rhythmic scale. I may be wrong, but this experiment is incomplete without a control experiment. This only helps in forming assumptions.

  18. Asalamu alaikum my bravas and sisters I would like to comment on this topic but I would like to explain it in my experience but it will show you what the experiments show are true and how bad and evil music is and this is true who ever drives and listens to music well not even drive can be more examples but I’m using driving so any way wana say I listen to music and I drive and I love loud music I have a sub in my car because I love bass so any way getting to the point when I’m driving with my music on and then trying to pray as go to masjid why is it that music is always playing on my mind repeating it itself why is this happening where ever I’m going the music is in my mind either i sing to myself or just hear it in my mind not only that when driving I have noticed listening to music it gives you this buzz this boost which makes you drive faster pull silly stunts which ends you up in to road rage its like a drug addictive now lets turn the tables listening to the recitation of the Quran it’s completely the opposite it’s peaceful it’s beautiful it’s jus so relaxing and it keeps you calm even when you do get angry even if your stressed out listen to the Quran and it helps it’s just so amazing I can’t explain it but this goes to show you the bad and good apple and how it effects you in many ways not only in the mind but in the heart And I want to add yes this is true iv experienced this and I have to say I am ashamed may allah swt guide us all ameen

    Please watch this little clip related to the affects it will open your eyes inshallah

    • Sorry little mistake I ment who ever drives and listens to music whether it be rnb rap hip hop reggae Bollywood whatever will know what I’m talking about

  19. This is amazing

  20. Aisha k m mohammed

    MashaAllah. Allah kareem. May Allah continue to guide and protect us. Ameen.

  21. Allyah Nduku Challo

    Jazaak Allahu kheir

  22. amina shamtally

    Mashallah – Ya Allah protect us from all evil and guide us to the
    right path – Aameen Soumma Aameen…..

  23. amina shamtally

    Mashallah – Ya Allah please forgive us and guide us to the right path..

  24. mudasir zaman

    jaza ka allah.

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