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1 Question: Some schools in the West make it obligatory that their male and female students learn dancing. This dancing is neither accompanied by the common song, nor is it for entertainment; it is part of the educational curriculum. So, is it harãm for the parents to allow their sons and daughters to attend such classes?
Answer: It contravenes the religious upbringing, rather based on obligatory precaution, it is forbidden absolutely, if the student has reached the age of maturity. That is when it is not a mixed gathering. If one has to dance in a mixed gathering, it is not permissible.
2 Question: Is it permissible for a wife to dance for her husband with music or without music?
Answer: It is allowed as long as dancing is not accompanied with harãm music.
3 Question: Is it permissible for women to dance in front of other women or for men to dance in front of other men in a gender-wise segregated gathering with or without music?
Answer: Dancing of women in front of women or dancing of men in front of other men is problematic, as a matter of obligatory precaution, one must refrain from it.
4 Question: Is it permissible to organize dance parties where each husband dances only with his own wife to the sound of soothing musical tunes, wearing dresses that are not indecent?
Answer: It is not allowed.
5 Question: Is it permissible to learn dancing?
Answer: It is not allowed, as a matter of obligatory precaution.
6 Question: In government schools of the United Kingdom and may be some other countries also, students have to take part in dance classes to the sound of special musical tunes that synchronize the movements of the students while they are dancing.
(a) Is it permissible to attend such classes?
(b) Is it obligatory on the parents to prevent their children from attending such classes if the young boy or girl is inclined towards attending them?
Answer: (a) It is not permitted, if it has any negative effect —which is quite common— on their religious upbringing. Rather, it is not permitted at all, as a matter of obligatory precaution.
(b) Yes, it is obligatory.
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