Is clapping allowed in Islam

Fatwa ID: 02621

Answered by: Maulana Maruf Ahmed

Question

Is clapping (as a way of applauding) allowed in Islam

Answer

According to the majority of scholars, it is disliked to clap and should be avoided, as it may appear to be an imitation of the disbelievers who would worship by clapping their hands.

Allah Ta’ala said: “And their worship at the (holy) House is nought but whistling and handclapping.”(8:35).

However, if it is done casually, for a valid reason such as grabbing someone’s attention, then it will not be impermissible.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Maruf Ahmed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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