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Is Whistling Qur’an Disbelief?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I accidentally whistled Qur’an (fatihah) with no ill intention. Did I make kufr or mock the Qur`an? I stopped immediately and asked for forgiveness. Should I make ghusl to re-enter Islam and will all my previous prayers be accepted? I was having severe waswasa.

Answer: Assalamu alaykum,

AlhamduliLlah, you have not committed disbelief (kufr) nor mocked the Qur`an. You had no ill intention.

This could be considered bad adab towards the Qur`an, because disbelievers in the Prophet’s time used to whistle to distract people from hearing the Qur`an, and whistling is generally a custom of non-Muslims.

It is a good to stop a whistling habit, as it is loud and annoying and not befitting to refined good character.

There is no need to perform a ghusl, and all of your previous prayers should be fine. Ignore your baseless misgivings (waswasa) and ask Allah to protect you from all bad unIslamic habits. See the link below for more information.

Is Whistling Permitted?

Wassalam,
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterwards, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Is Whistling Permitted?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Is it permissible to whistle? For example, whistling a tune while doing errands around the house. whistling

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

Whistling is permitted as it is merely a sound from the mouth. However, it would be better to avoid it when there is no need or benefit in doing so due to the difference of opinion between the scholars on the issue where some considered it disliked while others permitted.

The basis for those who permitted the act is the lack of evidence to deem it prohibited or disliked. Rather, the clearest thing that has come regarding whistling in particular is the statement of Allah, “their prayer at the House was nothing but whistling and clapping of hands” (8:25), which is specific to prayer itself and does not indicate the unconditional prohibition or dislikedness of whistling.

Wassalam

Salman

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani