The occurrence of “mal’abah” at weddings

Reference: al-Fataawa al-Malaah fee Munkaraat al-Afraah, page 28, 15/7/1412 A.H.

Question: What do you say regarding that which occurs at weddings in that they call “mal’abah” which consists of two facing rows [of people] and between them are two poets who exchange verses. Generally, the poetry is satirical and makes mention of the defect of some of them (the people) which is mixed with applause and dancing [from the people]. Please advise us with a written fatwa if possible.

Response: Dancing is not from the actions of men, since it is from the actions of the women and that which they do. So it is not permissible for men to resemble the women, since dancing is [specifically] for the women. It is also possible that some fitnah may occur [as a result of men dancing] so it is better to leave it for the women [only].

As for satirical poetry, then this is from the traditions of ignorance (jaahiliyyah) as it is not permissible for the Muslim to do that which entices hostility and hatred amongst the Muslims.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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