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Are Muslims Allowed To Dance?

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August, 2012

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(RNS) The Taliban in Afghanistan shocked the world this week (Aug. 27) when they beheaded 17 people, allegedly for the crime of dancing at a mixed-gender gathering.

Which prompts the question: Does Islam forbid dancing? While Islamic scholars are divided on the answer, it’s easy to find Muslims in America and abroad who love to boogie down.

“Even though there are scholars who forbid dancing, there is a long tradition of dancing in Muslim cultures,” said Vernon Schubel, a Muslim and professor of religious studies at Kenyon College in Ohio.

There is no mention of dancing in the Quran, which serves as Muslims’ primary source of guidance. There is a story about dancing in the hadith, or collected stories about Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, which are the second-most important source of guidance for Muslims.

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Chief Editor’s comments:

Whether dancing is allowed or not, indecency is not allowed, the verse of the Holy Quran recited in the second part of every Friday sermon, all over the world, is:

Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed. (Al Quran 16:91)

Now you do the math!

However, the more important issue is, killing to prohibit dancing is certainly not allowed in Islam and it is like perpetuating a holocaust and creating a complete collapse of civil society and law and order.

Killing for such alleged offense may be in line with the teachings in Deuteronomy, if you invest a few hours and read it cover to cover, in the Old Testament, but, certainly, not the Holy Quran:

On account of this, We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land. (Al Quran 5:33) 

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5 Responses to Are Muslims Allowed To Dance?

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    August 31, 2012 at 4:42 am

    This post was the ‘most read of the day’. I wonder whether the readers hoped the answer was ‘yes’ and they could go dancing tonight?

  2. maria tariq

    August 31, 2012 at 6:18 am

    well I was praying for a ‘NO’.

  3. Raziya Mohamedali

    August 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

    These Taliban and like-minded persons truly are very blood-thirsty. They seem to believe that for any alleged breaking of Islamic law, the punishment is to dispatch the miscreant/s without further ado, to the hereafter!

    May Allah keep such minded people as far away from us as possible, Ameen.


    August 31, 2012 at 7:35 am

    QUESTION:-Are Muslims allow to dance in a mixed- gender gathering?
    ANSWER:- No because it can lead to a sinful life.By speech and advise this can be handled.Other wise every one has to answer about his/her on the day of judgement on his/her sinful doings.
    But killing of peaceful peoples is a great sin.Islam can never allow this cruelty.Killers are miss-guided and mad peoples.

    Ubaidullah Aleem say’s


    English translation:-
    ( My advise is to use love and affection i,e peaceful strategy in all your doings but they insist to handle all the matters with sword).

  5. Munir Varraich

    August 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I need not comment on this brutal incident. Human being is capable of being the worst animal.

    The other issue is whether dancing is permitted in Islam.

    If Islam is the religion of “human nature”, then like all life forms there is a need of “human nature” to express itself in sound (speech), body movements,(dance) and in other manner whatever is within its reach.

    Dancing is a powerful way of expression. The birds dance, the animals dance, and how come any religion will go counter to this natural urge.

    Come to think of it, even the body movements in the Muslim prayers is also a form of dance. Just imagine a higher form of life-form observing the Juma prayers where humdereds of human species move in unison to perform a act, a movement, which is also a type of dance.

    Dancing can be graceful movements and that can be vulgar body movements. All religions engourage graceful behaviour. Of course all religions also give “choice” to the human being.

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