Using Duff while calling to Islam
Fatwa No: 98922


Is DAF (musical instrument) permissible in Islam? Because there is a group which makes Dawa by using this instrument, and they say that it is halal. What can you say about this?




All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) is a musical instruments. Although in principle, all musical instruments are forbidden, as proved in the Prophetic narrations, yet playing the Duff is permitted only for women in some occasions such as marriage and ‘Eeds. However, it is not allowed for men to play the Duff according to the predominant opinion of the scholars, because men in the era of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) never did that. What is forbidden can not be used neither for calling to Islam nor for any thing else since ends do not justify means.

For more benefit please read Fataawa 81239 and 96402.

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