WHY DABBING IS HARAM (FORBIDDEN) 1 OF 2.
“What is dabbing?” The answer(s) depend(s) on who you ask. It is a style of hip hop dance that involves dropping one’s head with one arm raised and resting the face inside the elbow of the other arm, which essentially resembles the gesture of a polite attempt at muffling a loud sneeze. Atlanta, Georgia -based rap group came up with the dab dance during the summer of 2015; it was then popularized by other rappers before catching on with athletes; numerous professional sportsmen, women, celebrities, common folks & politicians have adopted it as a celebratory gesture during games & campaigns. For weed enthusiasts, “dabs” are also known as a highly concentrated cannabis (marijuana) extracts. A rapper explained that dabs are so strong that you cough after one hit and that the dance comes from the motion of coughing into your bent arm. There is also speculation that the dance originated from “Dabbing”, an action taken where people snort cocaine from their elbow while acting like they are sneezing. It looks like you are sneezing but you stick your other arm to the side like a sideways Nazi salute. Some say it is a public method by which one checks the strength of his or her underarm deodorant. Some have called it a Devil’s sign or Devil’s dance because no one can deny the subtlety of the devil in the music industry even if there is no specific proof for this so far. There is no way to verify the authenticity or not of all these claims. Islam however has got a solution & an answer to every problem/question however complex it may be.
The Islamic ruling on Dabbing (Haram) remains the same irrespective of its origin. Whether it originates from drug users, music industry, hip hop, sports stars or Satanism.
DABBING IS HARAM B’COS
1. Showing off is Shirk
2. Bowing for other than Allah is Haram
3. Imitating non-Muslims in worship or non-worship (customs, symbol, acts, habit, mannerism, dressing, gestures (dabbing, Nae Nae) peculiar to them & common among corrupt people, musicians, oppressors, politicians etc.) or promotes corruption directly or indirectly is prohibited.
4. Doubtful symbolism & secrecy is forbidden.
There is no doubt that this gesture of dabbing on folks is a way to show-off . Al-Musnad, Mahmoud ibn Labeed said: The Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “The thing that I fear most for you is minor shirk.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, what is minor shirk?” He said: “Showing off, for Allah will say on the Day when people are recompensed for their actions: ‘Go to those for whom you were showing off with your deeds in the world, and see what reward you find with them.’” (saheeh). Prophet said: “Shirk among you will be more subtle than the footsteps of an ant, but I will teach you something which, if you do it, both minor and major shirk will be kept away from you. Say: Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika an ushrika bika wa ana a’lam wa astaghfiruka lima la a’lam (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from associating anything with You knowingly, & I seek Your forgiveness for that of which I am unaware).” (Saheeh al-Jaami). One should realize that showing off destroys all one’s actions (i.e., cancels out the reward), and that it brings the wrath of Allaah. The wise person does not waste his energy in doing things that do not bring any reward, let alone deeds that bring the wrath and anger of Allah. Just as there will be a punishment in the Hereafter for showing off, so too there is a punishment for it in this world, the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam): “Whoever shows off, Allaah will expose him.” (Bukhaari).
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