Question 17: What is the ruling on women clapping their hands at wedding parties or the celebration of graduates at summer centers or at any other gathering where Allaah and His Messenger are mentioned? I ask this question because I attended a celebration in Jeddah and met a woman in charge of a celebration of graduates of a summer center for the memorization of the Noble Qur’aan. She ordered them to clap their hands at the end of every part of the celebration. I expressed my disapproval of this then she asked me about the evidence for the impermissibility of clapping hands for women. I quoted the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): Their Salaat (prayer) at the House (of Allaah, i.e. the Ka‘bah at Makkah) was nothing but whistling. She told me that she referred to many religious books but she did not find evidence of the unlawfulness of clapping hands. She asked me to ask his Eminence Shaykh Ibn Baaz about the evidence for the impermissibility of clapping hands. Here I have mentioned her request. I hope you will give me a detailed answer for this question in a message sealed from the Committee; because I intend to show it to the woman in charge of the summer center who is a professor.
Answer: It is permissible for men and women when hearing or seeing a pleasant deed or a prohibited deed to recite Tasbeeh (saying: “Subhaan Allaah [Glory be to Allaah]”) or Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) but not to clap their hands... read more here.