Is a Prom Allowed in Islam?
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Is a Prom Allowed in Islam?

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Anonymous

Reply Date

May 05, 2018

Question

As-Salamu `alaykum. Dear Scholar, I am having my high school prom within a few weeks and I have asked my teacher here whether it is allowed in Islam to go to it. A prom is a social event in which people dress up in ball dresses and suits. They go for dinner and talk, and some can dance if they want but it is not compulsory. I asked my Islamic teacher whether parties and discos were allowed. His answer was no, but he didn’t quite answer and understand the question on a prom. Is a prom allowed in Islam?

Mufti

Answer


Is a Prom Allowed in Islam

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- Muslims are not allowed to participate in proms as they are generally practiced in North America, for such gatherings invariably involve unlawful mingling and mixing of boys and girls.

2- Muslims should be distinguished by their morals and values.

3- The Muslim’s way of dress, talk, and behavior should be based on morality and decency.

4- In their celebrations, Muslims should maintain their dignity, ethics and good manners.


In response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Muslims are not allowed to participate in proms as they are generally practiced in North America, for such gatherings invariably involve unlawful mingling and mixing of boys and girls. In Islam, such indiscriminate mingling and mixing of boys and girls is definitely considered haram (forbidden).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The eye commits fornication, the ears commit fornication, the hands commit fornication, the feet commit fornication, and finally the private parts consummate it or reject it.” (Muslim)

So, stay away from such gatherings in order to protect the integrity of your religion and honor.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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