Music and Singing not a Vice nor a Virtue
With respect to music and singing, traditionally all Muslim scholars agree that music which is associated with drinking, vice, impropriety, and un-Islamic conduct is unlawful. Scholars differ regarding music that is free from all such negative associations.
Many of these scholars prohibit Music in its own right based upon ‘secondary sources’. Others who permit music (that is free from negative associations) interpret the same ‘secondary sources’ differently. That is there is only a prohibition of music when it is associated with other questionable activities or lyrics [such as immorality and polytheism] . As a consequence, they take it as a general ruling that music is lawful in and of itself.
There is absolutely no prohibition of Music and singing in their own right in God’s Message, the Quran. Thus, the view that music (free from negative associations) as something permissible is in line with God’s Message.
Nevertheless, the art of music and singing must never be abused, in allowing to distract one away from God’s guidance.
Rather ironically, the Quranic verse that is used [by some] to support the prohibition of music and singing is in Sura Luqman 31 ayah 6 the following:
There are the signs of the wise Book, a guidance and a mercy to the ones who are doers of good, those who perform the formal prayer and give the purifying alms and they are certain of the world to come.
Those are on a guidance from their Lord. And those, they are the ones who prosper.
And of humanity is he who exchanges diversionary conversation (Arabic: Lahw al Hadith) to cause others to go astray from the way of God without any knowledge. And he takes it [Quran] to himself in mockery. Those, for them will be a despised punishment.
When Our signs are recounted to him, he turned as one who grows arrogant, as if he had not been hearing them, as if there had been heaviness in his ears. So give him the good tidings of a painful punishment. [31:2-7].
From the Quran’s own context it is apparent that it is a type of mentality of the person that is problematic - whoever prefers [Lawh al Hadith] discourses (over the Quran) which have no real substance and only serve to lead Humanity far away from God’s message, the Quran. The irony is that there are many 'Islamic literature' claiming to represent God's message, but in reality are a mixture of true and false messages at best, thus diverting believers from God's clear Message.
For Believers [Muslims] the Quran must be the ultimate criterion for judging all 'secondary sources.' Those who claim to follow Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) should take heed of the following verse:
Say: "Shall I seek for judge other than God? - when He it is Who hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail." They know full well, to whom We have given the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth. Never be then of those who doubt. [6.114]
Therefore as far as God’s message is concerned, music and singing has no intrinsic moral value but individual choice which determines its moral or imoral usage.
And Allah knows best
For Younger Readers
God teaches in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims that:
In regards to music - use your own common sense along with Quranic moral teachings.