Family gatherings where innovations take place

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 12, Page 364, Question 6 of Fatwa No.5666

Question: Whenever my family have any occasion (gathering) such as a wedding, circumcision or funeral, in the wedding and circumcision celebrations they use a drum and make ululations of joy, and on the occasion of a death they wail in an outrageous fashion. So is it right for me to go to these gatherings or not when they practice these innovations?

Response: It is not permissible for you to go to a gathering in which these evil actions take place, unless you are able to [interfere and] put a stop to these innovations and advise them and teach them in a good manner. [If you are able to do this,] then go and enjoin the good and forbid the evil, [otherwise, it is not permissible for you to go].

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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