Women dancing in front of non-mahrams.


As’salaam alaykum wa’rahmatullah wabarakatuhu,

I pray you are all in the best of health Inshallah.
There is going to be a wedding in the family soon, and as part of the celebrations some family members have proposed that we have a henna party.
Unfortunately this involves some female women dancing in the presence of non-mahrams (camera man/ DJ/cousins etc).
I have tried to explain that this is not allowed and is haraam in Islam in the presence of these people. However, my parents/brothers/sisters don’t seem to take heed of what I am saying?
What would be the best way for me to explain this to them?
Can you please provide me with some rulings/hadith that relate to the issue?
What should I do if they do not listen to my advice?

Kind regards


Henna women party is acceptable if it involves decoration of a bride’s hands for her husband to enjoy. If it involves haram things like free-mixing, dancing etc. then it is of course unacceptable. This would be an example of unacceptable bid’ah – innovation that can not be based on sound Islamic teachings and as such must be avoided.

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago
Majlis #1 Head Imam (IABNA)

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