Wife using the Duff to sing or dance for her husband

29-5-2007 | IslamWeb


Assalaam aleykum, I want to ask if it is permissible for a married couple to use the daff? I read in a fatwa (link: http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/Fatwa/ShowFatwa.php?lang=E&Id=87417&Option=FatwaId) that it is permissible, however in various other fatawa you say that it is not permissible to use musical instruments, only the daff at accasions like wedding, birth for women only, non mixing and only to announce the wedding? My question is, how is it then permissible for man en women (married) to use the daff? Baaraka'Allahu fiekum, wa'asSalaam aleykum.




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The situation is as you read in the Fatwa which you referred to in the question that it is permissible for the husband and wife to play the Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells). What is meant is that the wife is permitted to play the Duff when singing to her husband or dancing to him. As regards the husband playing the Duff, then the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them prohibited it, and this is the most preponderant opinion in our view (in Islamweb), but some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them permitted it for the husband as well.

However, you should know that it is permissible to play the Duff but not other musical instruments as these are forbidden.

As regards some of our Fataawa in which we mentioned the cases of marriage and birth giving feasts, then this was just to give examples of occasions where the Duff is permissible but we did not mean to restrict the permissibility of using the Duff to the above two occasions. 

Allaah Knows best.