Whistling in Islam

26 Oct 2021 Ref-No#: 3857

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, mufti saheeb!

People are whistling:

a) in sports, when a whistle is used at the start of runners;

b) in everyday life, children whistle to each other and play like that;

c) in emergency cases, when people get lost in the forest, and they can find each other through whistling;

d) sometimes people sing through whistling.

This applies to the action of whistling with your fingers, also with the help of a whistle that makes a whistle.

What is hukm (ruling) to whistling? Is it permissible to whistle in Islam?


Wa ʿAlaykumus Salām Wa Raḥmatullāhī Wa Barakātuh

In principle, whistling is merely a sound emitted from the mouth; hence it is permissible.

However, when used for singing and other musical or unlawful purposes, it will be rendered impermissible.

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