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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 forbidden (Haram) 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?
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 organise dance parties where each husband dances only with his own wife wearing dresses that are not indecent?
Answer: It is not allowed.
5 Question: Is it permissible for me as a female to attend dancing lessons in female only classes?
Answer: It is not allowed, as a matter of obligatory precaution.
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