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What is a Duff?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mahmoodiyah


Is the musical instrument of Duff permitted in Islam?

If it is permitted, then how and with what must it be constructed for it to be permitted in Islam?


The Duff is a circular musical instrument with one of its sides covered with leather, some have small metal discs around it and some don’t. 

The permissibility of aiding Islamic songs with a Duff is a controversial issue but a great majority of our Akaabireen (pious Ulamaa) have ruled it to be impermissible by passing a general ruling of the impermissibility of listening to any type of songs which are aided by musical instruments of any kind.  (Fataawaa Darul Uloom, Vol. 1 (Azizul Fataawaa), Page 739, Aapke Masaail aur Unkaa Hal, Vol. 7, Page 345)

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Qasim bin Hashim Limbada

Attested to as correct by:

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah


18 May 2004

27 Rabee’ul Awwal 1425

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