It was but fate that after reading posts on South Asian hypocrisy here on Pickled Politics that I ended up being at such an interesting event this week.
The best way to describe the experience of being at what the organisers called “an Islamic dance party” is perhaps – unbelievably interesting.
The concept was intriguing. The organiser, Bushra, told me it was a dance party for Muslim women who do not get to go to usual dance parties.
“It is a strictly all-women function in respect of Islamic tradition. Also, we are giving a large portion of the money raised by this event to the victims of earthquake in Pakistan.” She added.
Hmmmm…. so they (sort of) thought of everything. No men to worry for the women with hijabs, a tag of charity for the further softening their image… but what about music?
Surely they were not going to make women dance on the lonely beat of “daff” ( a type of drum), the only music allowed according to most Islamic scholars.
“Oh, we have belly-dancing, which is allowed in Islamic countries.”
This really amused me. While I am not against mixed or secluded dance parties, what intrigued me was the simple debate by which she made a seemingly un-Islamic event kosher. Who says house-wives are not smart?
And this was not the only thing that I learned about house-wives last week. The event itself was an eye-opener.
The dance floor was packed with women, some in hijab, some in low cuts, most in shalwar kameez and some holding their children. The male DJ was made to sit in a separate room so he could not see what was going on.
My first feeling was that of being trapped in a lesbian club. But as music got louder and the two belly dancers came into the centre (did I miss telling you they were males?), I started thinking it was high time we gave vent to the frustrated emotions of suppressed South Asian women.
I saw in horror, an unbelievable role-reversal, as women went wild over the erotic moves of the belly dancers.
But towards the end I considered it a harmless event which provided a good time to average South Asian mothers who usually do not get such entertainment.
Afterwards, I found some more information on this site. Dr. Su’ad Salih, professor of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at Al-Azhar University, states: “Islam is a religion of moderation; it does not prevent singing and dancing, but it forbids anything that stimulates people’s (sexual?) desires, whether it be among men or women.”
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