Huff Post: By Omar Sacirbey
(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.
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)