Beating the Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) to announce an Islaamic lesson or lecture

Question 51: I am a Da`ee (caller to Islaam) who was appointed by the Indonesian House for Issuing Fatwas under the supervision of the religious attaché in Jakarta. I work in Sumatra in Western Indonesia, where I call people to Islaam in Masjids (mosques) and schools. I also go to many places; from the cities to the villages to spread Da`wah all the time.

Praise be to Allaah, due to my efforts in this field many Christians, including Catholics embraced Islaam. However, Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) and superstitions have emerged nowadays among some Muslims. They sing songs and lyrics accompanied by beating a Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) to invite people to the gatherings held for D`awah. I became angry and prevented them from doing this saying that beating the Duff is prohibited except to announce marriage.I wish your Eminence to give your opinion which is substantiated with the legal evidence concerning the ruling on beating the Duff in Masjids. This case is critical and may defeat the purposes of the Masjids. Many thanks for your concern and may Allaah reward you! Surely, Allaah does not waste the reward of those who do good deeds.

Answer: Beating the Duff to announce an Islaamic lesson or lecture and the place where it takes place is a reprehensible Bid`ah. That is the worst act in a Masjid… read more here.

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