About Playing Daff (tambourine)

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The distinction between what is lawful and what is unlawful is the song and the tambourine (daff) at a wedding.” [Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3153 narrated by Muhammad ibn Hatib al-Jumahi]

Commentary

Every musical instrument is declared unlawful by the Messenger of Allah (saws) except the ‘daff’ (tambourine). Playing daff is permitted only for women in some occasions such as marriage and eids. However, it is not allowed for men to play the daff according to the predominant opinion of the scholars, because men in the era of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) never did that.

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Daff (Tamborine)

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