Category: Misc. Fiqh
Fatwa#: 39984
Asked Country: United Kingdom

Answered Date: Aug 30,2018

Title: Clapping and whistling in Islam?

Question

Is clapping and whistling haraam in Islaam? If yes then can you please prove it from Hadeeth?

Answer

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

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

There are differences of opinions on the permissibility of clapping and whistling.

Some Ulama consider clapping and whistling as an expression of congratulation, happiness, and joy. Other Ulama dislike whistling and clapping as they are regarded as futile activities (lahw) and the heedless ways of the Kuffar (disbelievers) at the time of ignorance as Allah Ta’ala refers to them in the following verse of the Quran:

وَمَا كَانَ صَلَاتُهُمْ عِندَ الْبَيْتِ إِلَّا مُكَاءً وَتَصْدِيَةً ﴿الأنفال: ٣٥﴾

“Their (the disbelievers) Salah (prayer) at the House (of Allah, i.e. the Ka’ba at Makkah) was nothing but whistling and clapping of hands” (al-Anfal 8:35)

In view of the differences of opinions, we advise against clapping and whistling.

In Islam, we congratulate one another by saying بارك الله (Barakallah: May Allah bless you) and express our happiness and joy by praising Allah Ta’ala and saying الحمد لله (Alhamdu Lillah: All praise is for Allah).

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdullah Syed Sajid

Student Darul Iftaa
Houston, TX, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

DISCLAIMER - AskImam.org questions
AskImam.org answers issues pertaining to Shar'ah. Thereafter, these questions and answers are placed for public view on www.askimam.org for educational purposes. However, many of these answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation or another environment. Askimam.org bears no responsibility with regards to these questions being used out of their intended context.
  • The Shar's ruling herein given is based specifically on the question posed and should be read in conjunction with the question.
  • AskImam.org bears no responsibility to any party who may or may not act on this answer and is being hereby exempted from loss or damage howsoever caused.
  • This answer may not be used as evidence in any Court of Law without prior written consent of AskImam.org.
  • Any or all links provided in our emails, answers and articles are restricted to the specific material being cited. Such referencing should not be taken as an endorsement of other contents of that website.