Checked & Annotated
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari
Clapping The Hands During Dhikr
At one Masjid there was a dhikr circle after the Juma’h salah and I was also present there. I looked towards them to see what they are doing. When they started moving there body, swaying around and dancing I saw one of them who started clapping. I indicated to him that this is haram however he continued to clap his hands. I also spoke to him to advise him but he did not listen. I got up from there and went away.
After a period of time I met him again and so I wanted to explain to him that clapping is the actions of the mushrikin. Read the Quran and see for yourself. Allah says,
“And their prayer at the House was not except whistling and the clapping of hands.”
So he said to me, ,”So and so Shaikh has given me permission to do it.”
So I said to myself in my mind, “The following saying of Allah is true on these types of people,
“They have taken their scholars and monks as Rabs besides Allah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one Ilah; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.”
When the son of Hatim Ta’i, Adi (Radi Allahu Anhu), heard this ayah whilst he was a Christian and had not accepted Islam yet said, “O Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), we do not worship our scholars and masha’ikh.” So he (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) replied, “Did they not prohibit to the people what was lawful and permitted them what was unlawful? He replied, Of course. So he (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, This was indeed their worship of them.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)
I went to join another dhikr circle at another Masjid. I saw there that the person who was reciting the poetry was clapping his hands at the same time. When he finished reciting his poetry I said to him,
“Your voice was very good but clapping the hands is haram.”
So he said to me,
“It is not possible for me to recite the poetry with a good voice unless I clap my hands. I recited this type of poetry in front of a Shaikh who is greater than you and he did not prohibit me from doing it.”
(T.N. In places like India / Pakistan people go to the extent of reciting Islamic poetry with music. Some even recite the poetry in the same rhythm as a song and it leaves the listener not knowing whether it is a song or a poem. Sadly this now also occurs in the West where people recite Islamic poetry in the rhythm and tune of a western song. And Allah’s refuge is sought.)
Those who have been to these Majalis would have realised that they completely disrespect the names of Allah by saying distorted and atheistic things. Sometimes with a loud voice they say (ridiculous things like),
and sometimes they say (other ridiculous things like).
and other such words which carry no meaning that they dance to. This type of distortion and disrespect is haram. Those who do it will be accounted for on the day of Judgement and will be punished severely.