Category:
Fatwa#: 36945
Asked Country: Pakistan

Answered Date: Oct 27,2016

Title: What is the ruling on binaural beats?

Question

What is the ruling on the subliminal messages, or binaural beats. They usually consist of nature sounds with small positive affirmations and suggestions. They are for variety of purposes e.g being more happy or positive. Becoming confident.

Some also include music which I know is forbidden. What about nature sounds?

Can these be listened for self improvement like stopping anger or bad habits .

If these are not allowed, Can we make a simple audio with affirming that' Allah is helping me always', ' Allah is kind and merciful' ' Allah is giving me more wealth' etc , without music .

The concept behind these audios is that they are being subconsciously programmed to your brain to eliminate negative beliefs and  to encourage positive ones.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

 

If it is proven that binaural beats alter the brainwaves to achieve a positive mental state with different sound frequencies and sounds of nature, then it is permissible to achieve a positive mental state on condition there is no music involved.[1][2][3][4]

 

However, a superior method to achieve a positive mental state would be to listen to the Qur’an and the Dhikr of Allah Ta’ala. Its effects are definite and will bring an immediate positive uplifting in one’s mental and spiritual health. Allah Ta’ala says:

 

أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ 

“Behold! The hearts find peace through the remembrance of Allah.” (Surah ar Ra’d Verse: 28)

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdullah ibn Mohammed Aijaz

Student Darul Iftaa
Baltimore, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[1] Binaural Beats: Binaural beats are auditory brain-stem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each brain hemisphere. They result from two different auditory impulses or sounds, heard from opposite ears. This binaural beat is consciously heard as the human hearing range is from 20-20,000 Hz. Rather it is perceived as an auditory beat and theoretically is being used coach certain brain rhythms from what is called the frequency-following response (the tendency for the brain to resonate at the frequency of an external stimulus).

[2] Those who experience positive effects from listening to binaural beats attribute it to its placebo effect more so than the binaural beats itself. Thus, the effects experienced through binaural beats are anecdotal, inconclusive, and unsupported by any concrete scientific research.   

Placebo Effect: A beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient's belief in that treatment.

[3] RESULTS: There were no significant differences between the experimental and control conditions in any of the EEG measures. There was an increase of the Profile of Mood States depression subscale in the experimental condition relative to the control condition (p = 0.02). There was also a significant decrease in immediate verbal memory recall (p = 0.03) in the experimental condition compared to control condition.

CONCLUSIONS:

We did not find support for steady-state entrainment of the scalp-recorded EEG while listening to 7-Hz binaural beats. Although our data indicated increased depression and poorer immediate recall after listening to binaural beats, larger studies are needed to confirm these findings.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17388762

http://www.livingflow.net/binaural-beats-don-t-work-as-well-as-these-alternatives/

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