Is Whistling Haram or Halal In Islam? 

Some people can whistle, while others cannot.

Some people see it as something funny, while others see it as something truly offensive.

Can you do it?

In certain cultures, this is a type of behavior that is ok and people tolerate it, while in others it is not, and it is seen as a great sin, especially if it is done indoors.

It is seen as an insult, especially if it is directed toward ladies – from the point of view of a team of ladies, such an act is very inappropriate, and it goes to the extent that it is seen as sexual harassment.

Feminists say that this is a form of sexual harassment because it is a classic sexist move that treats a woman only based on gender characteristics, i.e. appearance, and when men whistle they are doing precisely that.

However, some girls are impressed by the whistle on the street. They even feel unattractive if they don’t experience it, and it is something that boosts their self-confidence.

They accept the male way of communication, and some even whistle themselves.

And the most common view regarding this topic is this – there are many superstitions related to this topic, and mostly they are negative and are related to the ban on whistling, as it is believed that it can bring bad luck into the world of humans, as it calls out the bad spirits.

And what about the Islamic faith?

What is its view on the theme of whistling?

Is it permitted, or is it not allowed, and if not, what is the reason behind it?

Are there specific rules that speak of this or there are just some Muslim customs regarding it?

Right away we will tell you that this is the type of behavior that is not seen as a haram but there are different points of view regarding it, as there are no specific rules.

Is Whistling Haram or Halal In Islam? 

In some cultures, it is believed that when you are whistling you are attracting some evil forces into your home and that you should never do it, while inside a home.

In some others, it is believed that when you are whistling, you are attracting mice, and rats into the house, and if they are already present in your home, then by whistling you motivate them to mate.

Not only this is negative by itself and unsanitary, some go as far as saying that this is bad, having in mind that precisely they are the carriers of bad energy and that they are the messengers of bad luck, and even Satan as some say.

Now, is there any relation when it comes to Islamic beliefs, and is there permission or a ban regarding whistling?

The most common conception is that there is fear of whistling, as people are thought, by their parents and grandparents that they should not whistle, as you can invite Seitan into your home.

But the problem arises when people are faced with the process of finding the proof for this as they cannot find it in the Quran and Sunnah.

And here we come to that – whistling is not allowed even if there is not any hadith regarding it.

Here is why.

Islamic scholars see differently this topic, some say that whistling is, in fact, haram, as you invite evil spirits into your home, others claim that it is just temptation, while some others say it is allowed in some circumstances.

Those who say that whistling is haram, say that Allah has said, speaking of those who are pagan, and who are not being true believers that they are simply prayed by whistling and clapping their hands.

They should be punished for it, and this is the reason why whistling is haram.

Those who are pagans, who believe in many gods, who are not believing in one Allah, are not true believers, and therefore they are recognized by whistling and clapping hands, and the true Islamic believer is not like that, and he must be punished.

Those who claim that whistling is haram, know that they are not any words in Quran that forbid it, but, since this act is regarding those who are not true believers, those who are polytheists, this is not by the Islamic law.

So, nowhere in the Quran, you can find words that say specifically do not ever whistle, but this is not something that is looked upon as acceptable, based on the verse in the Quran where Allah Almighty speaks of it, and He deems those who are doing it, saying that they would be punished for it.

Is whistling ever halal?

There are indeed those Islamic scholars who say that whistling is permitted, as there is no valid Shari’ah proof that prohibits or encourages the act of it.

And rules in this religion work in such a way that something is allowed until it is proven differently, and the basis in customs is that everything is permitted until there is proof that forbids it.

They stick to this and say that there is only an oral ban, which is more based on the superstition that was told from one generation to another, as they were told that it is not good to whistle, but they did not say that it is haram.

Now, when the prayer of those who are not believers, and those who during their prayer whistled and clapped next to the Temple, is prohibited because they made it a form of worship, so if it is not done for the sake of worship, then there is no reason to forbid it, especially if there is some need to whistle.

So, based on these insights that come from certain scholars, it is permitted to whistle in certain situations where it calls for it, as it is seen as necessary.

What are those situations?

They are situations in traffic for example when there is a traffic police, electrical devices, or when calling someone who is far away, etc.

Then it is completely acceptable to whistle, if not necessary.

But, here there are also some exceptions – if a person whistles to disturb people, or when men are doing the thing that we have spoke of at the beginning of this article and that is a whistle for women, then it is seen as haram and it is not allowed.

The same case is when (or even worse) when people are whistling when they are imitating the customs of unbelievers and sinners, then it is forbidden without disagreement among the ulama.

This is important to know, since regarding this topic there are many disagreements, but when it comes to this there is no doubt that it is forbidden.


In the Islamic culture, and this is truly relevant to speak of because it will help you understand more why such actions are haram, is that there are a lot of things that the elders say should not or should not be done.

And these things should be taken into consideration when deciding will or will not you will do something in your daily life, simple as a whistle.

There are specific two situations that spark the most interest, interested in whether there is some kind of ban and what is the background of that ban.

Some say that they have heard that they should never whistle at night and that they should not whistle in front of a baby.

Here we say that this falls under the category of beliefs that were spreading from one generation to another and that there should not be any worry, as there is no clear evidence regarding it, in any of the Islamic texts.

So, is there any truth regarding this?

There is a belief that says that whistling at night is considered not to be done, and whistling is not recommended at all.

Do not do it as it is believed that in such a way you summon the evil forces into your life, as Satan lurks at night, and also not do it in front of the baby, as you can harm her in such a way.

This is not related solely to the Islamic religion, as you can find similar beliefs in many other religions around the world, and all of them are related to the part where it is not permitted to whistle.


Let us sum up all that we know regarding this topic, taking into consideration the beliefs, and the interpretation of the words that are to a certain extent connected to the topic of whistling.

Whistling was used in the religious rituals of polytheists when visiting the Kaaba, and probably for that reason, it became undesirable among people, along with the popular belief that whistling summons the devils.

This is seen as one part of this story, and additionally, the remark about holding the baby with its back turned may have something to do with the ruling, and it is very much influenced by some other similar beliefs, and you should not be too connected to this, as there is no clear confirmation of this in the Islamic sources.

Scholars who took the position that whistling is forbidden say that it does not indicate the level of prohibition (something that is seen as a stick haram, like for example eating pork), but indicates the forbidden of that act due to imitating those who have faith in many Gods, and this is not by the Islamic rules.

So, we conclude that there are differences in whether whistling is haram or halal, but the story leans more on the idea that it is haram.

There is no explicit proof in the Islamic text which speak about it, and the verse that says that it is not allowed relates to the words about those who are not believers, who are doing haram as their prayer is reduced only to whistling or clapping hands; therefore experience the punishment, because they are those who do not believe.

These people did not know about prayer, but they considered whistling and clapping at the Kaaba as a way of worship, but according to the Islamic rules this is not allowed, and it is on the opposite side of being a true believer of the Muslim faith.

They used the whistle to disturb the believers in prayer and this is seen as an act that is not a proper prayer.

Imitating the unbelievers and their worship is haram (and when you are selling, then you are doing precisely that), let the Islamic teachers say that it cannot be at the level of haram, but it can be allowed to a certain extent, and that act can be haram if someone is disturbed by it.

So, do not do it for the purpose of harming people, as then it is 100 percent haram.

We must add some other points of view regarding this topic.

One part of the Islamic community says that there is no explicit evidence for haram or halal regarding whistling and that it is a matter of custom, and the basis of custom is permission until there is clear proof of prohibition, that’s why whistling is allowed.

The closest to the truth would be that it is halal because if we are sure that something is from the customs of sinners and unbelievers, the believer will avoid it, he will use whistling only when there is a real need for it, but the believer must not disturb anyone, if anyone, by doing so. disturbs, then it is haram for him.

So, maybe the easiest way to understand it – is do not do it, and if you have to do it, for example in traffic then do not be worried about it, as it can be done.

But, if you want to whistle at women, or do it just because without any reason then do not do it.

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