Yes, even belly dancing. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If they are women and they dance with their faces to one another, they have committed an abomination.” And Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“- if they approach your face, do not greet them until they separate; then (i.e. when) they separate, let them be (at another place) and when they go their separate ways let them be (at another place); surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to invite women to his room for his dinner, as he said, “The women are more beautiful than men and we should give them their due.” And he ordered them to cover their heads, and said, “Women: It is permitted to you to dance for your pleasure and for the purpose of entertainment.” He used to eat with them, because he used to have them as friends and keep them close to him.
Another interesting thing is that he was a big fan of the musical show called, “Aida” which was on the BBC which is part of their “Big Story” series. Many of the famous women associated with the show are beautiful.
How did the Prophet (peace be upon him) decide whom Allah would allow to dance and who would keep his clothes on?
He would always ask the first woman who came forward, and she would give a good report. After that, he would have his own choice. If it was the first woman, he was not averse to any woman, even if it were her brother or father. But if it was not the first woman, he would have the first person who came forward to say they were willing.
If the woman came forward then he would ask her about her life and what she liked to do. He would ask her to tell him how her brother was. The more she spoke about him, the more he would like to know about her brother. This would continue until the last word.
What is the difference between a man and a woman (i.e. a man dancing and a woman eating)
A man dancing is only seen in music videos.
A woman dancing is seen in films and magazines.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said that one should be very careful
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