Putting water on the grave of the first wife on the wedding night with the second is a Bidd‘ah

Question 9: In our village, when a wife dies and her husband marries a new one, they go to her grave on the wedding day and pour water on her grave, what is the ruling on that? 

Answer: There is no ground for that and it is Bidd`ah (innovation in religion)... read more here.

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Females are permitted to beat the Duff during wedding

Question 8: What is the Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells)? Is it permissible for women to use Duff and sing on any occasion other than weddings? What is the drum and is it permissible to use it in weddings or other occasions?

Answer: Scholars mentioned that Duff is a tambourine that has two faces; one face covered and the second face is open. It is used by women in weddings. This is permissible in weddings as it is a way of announcing wedding. Women may sing usual songs with the Duff by which they praise the bride, bridegroom and their families or the like... read more here.

Is dancing and free intermixing of men and women, whether Mahrams or non-Mahrams, permissible in weddings?

Question 7: Is free intermixing (of men and women) in weddings permissible? What is the ruling on men’s dancing with a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) and non-Mahram (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) women? Moreover, if men are alone, will there be any problem?

Answer: It is permissible in marriage to declare and announce it by using Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) from the part of women. But free intermixing is not permissible if they are non-Mahrams. This is a Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) that should be removed... read more here.

What is the ruling on listening to music?

Question 6: What is the ruling on listening to music?

Answer: Music and musical instruments are all evil, but they are things that Satan makes appear attractive and enjoyable, and he calls people to them so as to distract them from the truth by means of falsehood... read more here.

What is the ruling on listening to songs?

Question 5: What is the ruling on listening to songs?

Answer: Listening to songs is undoubtedly Haraam (prohibited), as it might lead to other sins and temptations such as committing the unlawful act of Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage), sodomy, or drinking Khamr (intoxicant), gambling, and befriending bad people... read more here.

Evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah prohibiting and warning against singing and musical instruments

I have looked into the report published by Al-Ra’id Magazine (67th and 68th issues) by Aboo Turaab Al-Zhaahiree entitled “The Book and Sunnah did not forbid singing and using and listening to musical instruments.” I considered carefully the Hadeeth and reports that he mentioned and relied upon in permitting singing and musical instruments in accordance with his Imaam Aboo Muhammad ibn Hazm Al-Zhaahiree. I was astonished at his extreme daring following his Imaam Aboo Muhammad to claim that all the Hadeeths reported prohibiting singing and musical instruments are weak... read more here.

Reminding of Allaah and advising people in wedding occasions

Question 3: Is it allowable to utilize wedding ceremonies to advise people in them for many people are present and a great deal of those people in particular do not listen to religious information except rarely? May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: In fact, it is strongly recommend to remind people in weddings of what is obligatory on them concerning Allaah’s Right, obedience to Him, co-operation in righteousness and piety and advising one another to observe right and avoid the forbidden matters. Also, people should be encouraged to marry and reduce the costs of marriage so that marriage increases and chastity spreads among Muslims... read more here.

Celebrating wedding parties in hotels and halls is extravagance

Question2: Are the parties held in hotels that cost a lot of money considered a form of extravagance? If so, please advise us about this.

Answer: Parties that are held in hotels include many mistakes. First, they usually involve unnecessary extravagance. Second, they lead to overbearingness in setting banquets, in addition to the attendance of unnecessary people. Third, this leads to outrageous free intermixing (of men and women), whether the hotel employees or others... read more here.

Village’s tradition of charging a sum of money if the husband is not an inhabitant is condemned

Question 1: Your Eminence Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah protect him)
Al-Salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

We have an old tradition in some villages in the Southern Region. Anyone who marries his daughter or any one of his relatives to a man who is not from his village is obliged to pay two thousand Riyals which is called Maksar to his villagers to attend the Waleemah (wedding dinner) served in the husband’s village. If he refuses to pay the money, none of the villagers, males and females, goes with him or accepts his invitation to Waleemah. Anyone who goes with him will be fined and regarded as disobedient to the villagers.

It should be noted that this sum of money may be taken from the wife’s Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom) or from the property of the bride’s father. He pays it unwillingly only for the villagers to accompany him to the groom’s village. Please advise! May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: Wa `alaykum al-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you too). To proceed:

This tradition is Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) and unjust… read more here.