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Ruling On Ulululation

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

Salam alaykom,

What is the ruling on ululation and the Moroccan 'song' which accompanies it. I don't know the exact lyrics, does anyone else know. It's kinda like this: salaat w salam 3la muhamad, ida ja ... ja sidni muhamad allah m3a al.. al3ali.



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Posted 19 December 2014 - 11:12 AM

Assalaamu alaikum

Ululation or trilling with the tongue – is it an unlawful Arab custom?

In some Arab and African cultures, women engage in ululation at wedding feasts, funerals, and other special occasions. I heard that this is a bad and blameworthy custom. Is it really sinful?

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Sheikh Hânî al-Jubayr, judge at the Jeddah Supreme Court
The trilling that some traditional Arab, Somali, Berber, and Swahili women do with their tongues on weddings and other special occasions – known as zaghradah in Arabic – comes under the default ruling of permissibility that applies generally to customs and cultural practices.

Al-Sheikh al-Sa`dî writes in Nayl al-Ma’ârib (4/206):
The default ruling for all verbal and non-verbal customs is that they are lawful and permitted. They are not to be prohibited or even frowned upon unless they present an express violation of Islamic Law or bring about some evil consequences. The basic permissibility of things is established by the Qur’ân and Sunnah.

Such practices are not carried out as a form of devotion. They are just cultural practices that people have adopted on special occasions. They are harmless practices.

Indeed, some permissible customs even bring benefits to the people and play a positive role in society, especially when they are associated with activities that are laudable.
I see nothing wrong with women engaging in this habit of trilling on special occasions. It is just like the handclapping and beating of the daff that women engage in at such times in many cultures.

Ibn Taymiyah writes regarding festivities: “Beating the daff and handclapping are among the activities of women.” [Majmû`ah al-Rasâ’il al-Minbariyyah (2/171)]

[The daff is a tambourine without bells.]

And Allah knows best.

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