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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Dance and Watching TV in Islam view
Islam doesn’t prevent people from having entertainment but Islam itself provides the rules. At the same time, Islam does not tolerate any kind of entertainment that contains haram or even leads to haram behavior. Dancing can be either between women, between men, or mixed between both sexes. It is allowed for women to dance together unless it involves revealing any of the woman’s `awrah – that is, the parts of the body between the navel and the knee – in front of other women. It is also allowed unless the dancing means that mandatory obligations will not be carried out or if it coincides with unlawful acts. However, if a woman dances in front of her husband, then there is no restriction, as it is a way of cementing relations between spouses – and this a key pillar of establishing the Muslim family.

Dr. Su’ad Salih, professor of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at Al-Azhar University, states:
“Islam is a religion of moderation; it does not prevent singing and dancing, but it forbids anything that stimulates people’s desires, whether it is among men or women. Women are supposed to observe good manners if they dance in front of other women. They should not exceed the limits by doing anything that stimulates desires and incites evil. There are many cases where women are tempted by other women”.

Dr. Salim Ahmad Salamah, Dean of the Faculty of Usulud-Deen at the Islamic University, Gaza:
“It is permissible for women to dance and sing as long as there are no males around. In addition, the words of the song should be free from any foul words or vulgarity. Furthermore, no non-Muslim women should be attending, for the `awrah of a Muslim woman before them is the same as in the case of a man. Thus, as long as the words of the song are pure and clean and there are no males or non-Muslim women around, there is nothing wrong in dancing.

It is permissible for women, as far as Islam is concerned, to dance and sing so long as there are no males around. In addition, the words of the song should be free from any foul words or vulgarity. Furthermore, no non-Muslim women should be attending, for the `Awrah of a Muslim woman before them is the same as in the case of a man. Thus, so long as the words of the song are pure and clean and there no males or non-Muslim women are around, there is nothing wrong in dancing.”

By analogy, men are allowed to dance together as long as they cover their `awrah (the parts of the body between the navel and the knee) and there is no fear of temptation. Men and women dancing together is absolutely haram in all cases, except when a wife dances in front of her husband. The reason behind this prohibition is that with mixed dancing bodily contact is close and improper sexual desires are aroused. This has been strictly forbidden by Islam in an attempt to block the way against evil. If men and women were permitted to dance together, a lot of haram acts could occur. That is why mixed dancing is not allowed.

The ruling is clearly stressed in the following fatwa issued by Dr. Husam al-Din Ibn Musa `Afana, a professor of Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence at Al-Quds University, Palestine:

“It is not permissible for Muslim girls to participate in folk dancing groups as such act is Haram in Islam for the following reasons:

1- Free and unlawful mixing between men and women who play the roles in such folk dance. Such form of illicit mixing is Haram in Islam.

2- It is also unlawful for Muslim girls to take part in such dancing performances even without men’s participation as such women-only performances are intended to make shows for the general public, which is unlawful.

3- No one can deny that folk dance is usually accompanied by unlawful music, which is also Haram and forbidden.

4- Such dancing performances do disseminate moral laxity and ill morals in a Muslim society, which is also forbidden.

5-Muslims have to be aware of such cultural invasion. It’s to be borne in mind that what is known as folk arts is not a heritage of the Muslim Ummah. The heritage of Islam and true Muslims has nothing to do with such insignificant and trivial kind of art. Muslims should be proud of their Islamic creed, laurels of their great Muslim men.

On the basis of the above, I conclude that it is totally forbidden for Muslim girls to participate in such dancing performances. It not also allowed for Muslim men to allow their daughters, wives, sisters to participate in such folk dancing groups and the likes of it.”

Watching TV
In fact, watching television is exactly like getting involved in any sort of reading books. Whatever affects ethics and religion negatively is Islamically unacceptable, and what is supportive to them is Islamically recommended. In general, television is like a vessel that could contain something good, as well as it could contain something bad; so it depends on what one watches in it.

Not all TV programs are haram. It is haram to watch programs that show nudity or any type of indecency. As a Muslim we should always select channels and programs that are beneficial, educational, and informative. If, by accident, one happens to see any indecent thing, you should turn the TV off forthwith. In fact, the problem is not in the TV as a machine but in what a person sees in it. If one watches documentary movies, news, educational and Islamic programs, then there is nothing wrong in watching TV so long as the TV does not distract the person away from his/her Islamic duties such as prayer.”

posted by Muallaf Muslim Convert @ 1:43 PM  
  • At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    outlaw all art...

  • At 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    erm.. just read this article, am sorry but from what i have learnt in my alimah class, we cant atch tv no matter what it is. it is absoloutely HARAM whatsoever for a male to even look at a woman and for a woman to see a male, ghair mehram?? u cannot watch tv no matter wat, as for education theres BOOKS! u cant watch tv no matter what! na-aoothobillah, may allah save us all from sin and watchin tv!ameen.. and as for dancing.. in islam shaking of hips is concluded as dancing and is HARAM. as it is said.. for one to copy a kufar will be among them on the day of qiyamah. U CANNOT COPY A KUFAR, and the kufars dance! so we cannot do that!

  • At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kufars breathe and eat food. Will you stop doing that as well?

  • At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    erm yh i agrre dis website is really rubbish dont belive islamic books and find out that watching t.v is not allowed + its a big distraction.

  • At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Islam is a possessive monster. Dod save us all!


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