Iran: Authorities look to prosecute organizers of party where young girls danced

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.

AFP, March 7, 2018.

Iran’s top legal authority wants to prosecute organisers of a party arranged by Tehran City Hall commemorating Iranian Women’s Day, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

A video of Tuesday’s event, during which young girls danced in front of a mixed audience in the Iranian capital, was widely broadcast on social media networks and criticised by conservatives.

It shows a group of girls dressed in tight jeans and a type of tutu performing a choreographed dance set to music played by a traditional orchestra and a choir composed mostly of women.

Among the men in attendance at the event largely dominated by women wearing the all-encompassing black chador was Tehran’s reformist mayor, Mohammad Ali Najafi.

According to ISNA, Iran’s attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri felt the event had included “acts against public morality” and Islamic tradition.

Montazeri ordered Tehran’s prosecutor to “quickly examine the issue and launch legal proceedings against those responsible”.

Islamic law in Iran prohibits public dancing. Similarly, women are forbidden from singing in front of men if their voices are not covered by male voices….