The Daff Is Only For Women, By Ibn Tymiyyah

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah says:

“The Prophet (saw) allowed certain forms of amusement at the wedding festivity and similar celebrations. During the Prophet’s era, none of the men used to beat upon the daff or slap his hands [in rhythm].

Rather, it has been authentically related that the Prophet (saw) said, “Clapping is for women and tasbeeh is for men,” (Bukhaaree & Muslim) and he cursed “women who resemble men, and men who resemble women.” (Ahmad).

Since singing and the beating of the daff are the practices of women, the predecessors used to call a man who did them effeminate. In addition, male singers were also termed effeminate.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 11/565]


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