Clapping is for the women
Al-Allamah Saleh al-Fawzan (hafidhahullaah)
Noble Sheikh, may Allah give you success. The questioner says:
I work as a doctor and when I attend medical lectures, the attending men stand up to clap for the lecturer. When I said to them, “Clapping is only for women,” they said, “That ruling is only for the Salat.” Is this statement true?
Al-Allamah Saleh al-Fawzan:
No, it is not true. Men shouldn’t clap, neither in the Salat, nor other than it.Clapping is for women, and not for the men, neither in the Salat, nor other than it. This is one angle.
The second angle is that there is imitation of the kuffar in this. This is one of the customs of the kuffar. We didn’t know of it, nor did the Muslims ever know men to clap, except after there came to us customs from the kuffar and after blindfollowing them in their parties and assemblies. Clapping is also from the affairs of Jahiliyyah. “Their Salat at the House was nothing but whistling and clapping of hands.” (8:35). Whistling, singing, clapping, and applause are from the actions of the kuffar. And today, subhan-Allah, they still clap and whistle. They take your guard down in the gatherings and clap and whistle like acts of Jahiliyyah. Na’am.
Taken from : http://mtws.posthaven.com
- Whistling and Clapping Hands is from Jaahiliyyah
From the book Masaa’il-ul-Jaahiliyyah (Aspects of the Days of Ignorance) by Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhaab (d.1206h) explained by Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan.