What is the ruling on ‘nasheeds’ commonly [found] amongst many of the youth, which they call ‘Islaamic Nasheeds’?
If these nasheeds have ‘Islaamic’ meanings whilst not having in them any musical instruments such as duffs, other drums, or the like, then there is no problem in this.
However, it is necessary to explain an important pre-requisite for their permissibility, and that is that they should be free of anything contradicting the sharee’ah such as excessiveness and the like. (Excessiveness refers to excessive praise of Nabi Salallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam or others that would lead to shirk)
Then another condition is that it should not become a habit because that diverts listeners [of the nasheeds] from the recitation of the Qur`aan, which is encouraged in the prophetic, purified, sunnah. Likewise, it diverts them from seeking beneficial knowledge and calling to Allah subhaanahu.
As for the use of duffs in anaasheed, ‘Eid and on weddings only.
And Allah knows best.
Shaykh Muhammad Nâsir ad-Dîn al-Albânî