Question: Respected Shaykh, may Allah give you success: On the days following ‘Eid, some people organize gatherings for women where the simple hand drum (al-duff) is used and there is dancing and singing. [The women] say these are the days of ‘Eid and it is allowed to use al-duff, dance and sing without using [other] musical instruments. How correct is this?
Answer by Shaykh al-Fawzan (hafidhahullaah):
Brother, the day of ‘Eid is one day, not a number of days. The days of ‘Eid Al-Ad-ha and ‘Eid Al-Fitr are one day for each. The Days of Tashriq that follow the day of ‘Eid Al-Ad-ha are not days of Eid. They are not called Days of Eid; these are the Days of Tashriq. These people [being asked about] want to revive drums, musical instruments and singing, they call them the Days of ‘Eid. This is a lie about the Shari’ah; this behavior is not allowed not for men and not [allowed] for women.
Question: May Allah’s benevolence be upon you, respected Shaykh, the enquirer asks: In the tape shops, there are tapes where there are recordings of al-duff being played accompanied by young women/teenage girls saying nashids. Teenage girls and women listen to these tapes on Eid with the excuse that al-duff is allowed on the Day of Eid. What is the ruling on this?
Answer by Shaykh al-Fawzan:
The ruling is that this is not allowed. This [activity] teaches young women false frivolity and singing; it spoils young Muslim women and makes them become silly. Accordingly, these tapes must be destroyed, they must be destroyed. Singing on ‘Eid was not allowed by the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) except for young girls; minors who were not legally liable for their actions. [They were] young girls [who had not reached puberty], not females who were legally bound by Islamic law (i.e. those who had reached puberty). Women who are grown up and legally bound by the commandments of Islam are not permitted to sing or behave frivolously.