For those who are trying to suggest that Quran can somehow replace music. This, simply will never work.
I get that you are trying to encourage others towards khair and all, but truth of the matter is that nothing can replace music (and likewise nothing can replace the Quran).
People who suggest to listen to Quran instead of music should consider the times of when music is actually being played and think where the Quran could be played in the same conditions or not. Can music really be replaced by Quran when they're played in:
- Playing games?
- Being intimate with your spouse?
Please note that it is not permissible to have Quran playing in the background while being distracted from its recitations -> [Quran 7:204] ... So how can we listen to the Quran in these conditions. Point is, Music cannot be replaced by Quran 100%.
Im not trying to say that music is 100% halal or its 100% haram. Im only implying that we shouldn't claim that music is 100% haram like some of us are doing here on this thread. The topic is much more complicated than we think. This wouldnt be such a massive debate among scholars if there was a clear cut prohibition in the Quran or Ahadith. There isnt. And for those who will post the hadith about muslims permitting zina, alcohol and music at the end times, i can also post a hadith about female singers being permitted in weddings too. There isnt a definitive answer to this question. However, it can be easily observed that islam dislikes music in general. (thats completely different from it being 100% haram) ...
Sometimes, oversimplifying something can cause more damage than good. So lets call it out like it is not try to make simplifications of our own. The topic whether music is haram or not is debated among scholars and there are evidences that supports both claims. So in such a case, it is best to avoid music all together.
Now as for taylor swift. I personally have listened to some of her music, some are ok some are not, specially the newer ones. Its obvious that the pop music industry has a lot of filth in it that we should stay away from and refrain from listening to it. Specially our young ones. Its not ok to expose them to such vulgarness and attitude. But there are other types of music that have no filth at all, yet you will find other claiming it is haram too. i personally do not believe that they are. Here are a few of the music that i listen to that i do not think is anywhere near haram: (i will only post names or titles of video you can look up on youtube, but i wont post links as this might anger some of the moderators :omg::phew)
- john dreamer - rise
- john dreamer - true strength
- Generdyn ft Zayde Wolf - Heroes
- Two Steps from hell - Victory
- Aero Chord - Surface
- Rival & Cadmium ‒ Just Breathe
- Medal Of Honor European Assault Soundtrack - Main Theme
The main thing about music is that is it meant to stir up emotions and increase the passion within. Its sometimes meant to make us feel its very relatable, help us in our downtime, distract us from boringness of work, motivate you during harsh tasks. Problem is that these things that play with our emotions can sometimes be addictive and mess with our normal levels of emotions till it takes a hold of us so that we cant let go. Similarly to how a person can get addictive to a certain lover because they stir up his love emotions so much he cant let go, or a person who loves the feeling of power that money gives him he becomes a slave to it. So we must be careful when listening to music as we can fall into that trap ... That is if you dont choose to avoid it for an islamic sake in the first place.
When comparing this to the Quran, you will find that there is no point of comparison between the two. That is how different they are from one another. The Quran is meant for the muslims (as well as the non muslims) as a reminder of reality and the after life. As comfort and medicine for the hearts and chests of those who believe. A way to bring blessings and a means to drive angels of mercy towards us. A book to Ponder upon its miracles. Whereas music is a thing of this dunya that is only meant to aid us in our worldly struggles, but if misused can bring upon us great harm. So be moderate in the ways and amount you listen to. And with time try to leave it all together to improve your takwaa :)
And Allah knows best.