Wednesday, 04 January 2017 20:44

Is it permissible to whistle?

Question:

As salaamu ’alaykum,

Is it halal to whistle like bird calls?

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Wa ‘alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh,

Whistling can commonly be interpreted as music as it does resemble music. It can also cause disturbance to others. Above all, Imam Qurtubi رحمه الله has said that by whistling, one is resembling the Mushrikeen. He mentions this under the tafsir of the following ayah:

وَمَا كَانَ صَلاتُهُمْ عِنْدَ الْبَيْتِ إِلَّا مُكَاءً وَّتَصْدِيَةً ۚ فَذُوقُوا الْعَذَابَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَكْفُرُونَ

And their prayer near the House was not more than whistling and clapping. So, taste the punishment, because you used to disbelieve.(Al-Anfal, ayah 35)

 For these reasons, one should refrain from whistling.

والله اعلم

And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Mahmood Memon

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani

 

 

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