India: Hijab-clad Muslim girls dancing causes social media uproar: ‘Insulting Islam’

Two Islamic scholars concerning dancing:

Dr. Su’ad Salih, professor of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at al-Azhar University:

Islam is a religion of moderation; it does not prevent singing and dancing, but it forbids anything that stimulates people’s desires, whether it be 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 Usul Ad-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. Thus, as long as the words of the song are pure and clean and there are no males, there is nothing wrong in dancing.

DNA India, December 4, 2017.

A video of three Muslim girls from Malappuram, with their heads covered in veil, dancing to popular song Jimikki Kammal at a public place, has gone viral on the social media and for all the wrong reasons. People sharing the video of the girls grooving to the popular number are abusing them for ‘insulting Islam’ with their public performance.

According to media reports, the girls, all of them students of a dental college, were part of the AIDS Day awareness programme by district health department making public aware of the disease.

People on social media, taking offence to girls in conservative attire dancing on the road, started abusing them. Some even went on to say that Muslim girls “openly” dancing on the road could even mean that the end of the world was not too far away.

One person who shared the video on Facebook said that people were lucky there was no tsunami in Malappuram. The post got thousands of shares and comments, before it was deleted…..