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.

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.

Treating a patient by reciting Qur’aan and saying authentically reported supplications

Question 15: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: They play Duffs (tambourine-like instruments without bells) and go to graves where they slaughter sheep, camels, and cows, and they cook food there. Is this Haraam (prohibited) or not? They have also constructed a dome outside the city where they play Duffs and drums, and shout loudly: “Help us, O our Shaykh Jeelaanee!” They also invoke the help of other shaykhs. In addition to this, they walk among the people collecting money from them, and say that it is to visit Shaykh so-and-so and for other matters. If someone falls ill, they take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) over them, and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other animals. People pay them large sums of money over the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else on graves.In fact, it is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that puts the doer beyond the pale of Islaam, if by doing so… read more here.

Seeking the help of the dead or absent living beings from the Jinn, Angels or Humans

Question 14: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: They play Duffs (tambourine-like instruments without bells) and go to graves where they slaughter sheep, camels, and cows, and they cook food there. Is this Haraam (prohibited) or not? They have also constructed a dome outside the city where they play Duffs and drums, and shout loudly: “Help us, O our Shaykh Jilaanee!” They also invoke the help of other shaykhs. In addition to this, they walk among the people collecting money from them, and say that it is to visit Shaykh so-and-so and for other matters. If someone falls ill, they take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) over them, and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other animals. People pay them large sums of money over the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else on graves.In fact, it is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that puts the doer beyond the pale of Islaam, if by doing so… read more here.