A question posed to Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (رحمه الله):
We have found that some Islamic tapes contain Anâshîd (words with good meanings written in verse form), which contain melodies that are similar to songs, and we know that songs are forbidden. What is the ruling concerning such Anâshîd?
The Sheikh replied:
In my view, it is forbidden to recite Anâshîd that, though they are lawful in and of themselves, are performed in a melodious manner, whereby they are performed like songs. The practice of doing so resembles the practice of a people whom it is not permissible to resemble (i.e. disbelievers and their songs). Furthermore, if a man who has a beautiful and luring voice performs Anâshîd with a melodious tone, then some trial or temptation is feared, and consequently his recitation of the Anâshîd becomes forbidden.
[Taken from the Sheikh’s book “As-Sahwatu-l-Islamiyah”- The Islamic Awakening]