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Clapping One’s Hands and Whistling

What is the ruling on people whistling and clapping their hands in parties?

This practice appears to be taken from non-Muslims; therefore; it is not an appropriate thing for a Muslim to do. When a Muslim is joyful about something he says ‘Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the greatest)’, or ‘SubhanAllaah (How perfect Allaah is!)’.

Furthermore, it is incorrect to say ‘Allaahu Akbar’ in unison with a group, as some people do. A person should say this by himself; there is no basis to saying so in unison with others.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.8, p.125, DARUSSALAAM
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