Does Sharia law permit dancing? In most countries and traditions, dancing is banned in any form. There’s very little disagreement on this, not even in the United States where one in five Americans will tell you they will never dance. But Islam may not allow dancing, even though it is central to Muslim faith and the central character of Islam.
The Qur’an doesn’t mention dancing or dancing on wheels, which is what dancing is typically depicted as in Western culture. It does say: “Do not entertain yourself: do not be an entertainer.” One example of entertainment that Muslims see as incompatible with Islam is sexual intimacy. In one of the most famous verses of the Quran, when Prophet Mohammad’s followers ask about the meaning of the concept of zakat, the Qur’an replies: “The term is a designation for all that you spend for [other] purposes of worship. It is more noble that you spend for zakat.”
In the same context, the Muslim hadith (tradition) of Omar, Omar’s father, says that Prophet Muhammad made a vow to Allah that he would never have sex with his wives.
The Sunna is the way in which one person’s word is used by Muslim scholars, but in Islam they’re used at a very high level. If you see a sunna (tradition) in the form of a hadith, you take that as an authentic hadith. This goes for an author writing his own Quran, as well.
For example, if someone in the Islamic community makes an authentic saying and an individual denies it’s true, the individual is seen as an unreliable narrator. This is why we say that ahadith means a narrative based on a narrator. Ahadith does not mean a narrative without context or interpretation.
If someone says they read the Qur’an and hadith, we think it probably means that that they took their reading of the Qur’an and hadith and reinterpreted them.
In some cases, the context of ahadith can mean that it’s true for a time period — a specific time — but later in history it can mean that it has been taken out of context or that it’s been fabricated and false.
Is it possible to be both Muslim and American?
For many, it is possible. But not everyone.
Some people believe that they can be both Muslim and American — but they’re not. To be a Muslim or American
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