Afghanistan: Taliban bans ‘things in contradiction with Islam,’ including music cassettes and foreign dramas



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“‘Imran bin Husain narrated that the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w) said: ‘In this Ummah there shall be collapsing of the earth, transformation and Qadhf.’ A man among the Muslims said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! When is that?’ He said: ‘When singing slave-girls, music, and drinking intoxicants spread.’” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2212)

“It was narrated from Abu Malik Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘People among my nation will drink wine, calling it by another name, and musical instruments will be played for them and singing girls (will sing for them). Allah will cause the earth to swallow them up, and will turn them into monkeys and pigs.’” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4020)

“Narrated Aisha: Abu Bakr came to my house while two small Ansari girls were singing beside me the stories of the Ansar concerning the Day of Buath. And they were not singers. Abu Bakr said protestingly, ‘Musical instruments of Satan in the house of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) !’ It happened on the `Id day and Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, ‘O Abu Bakr! There is an `Id for every nation and this is our `Id.’” (Sahih al-Bukhari 952)

“Selling Music Cassettes and Foreign Drama Series Banned in Herat,” by Naseer Ahmad Salehi, Tolo News, April 9, 2023 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The selling of music cassettes and foreign drama series have been banned by the department of Vice and Virtue in the western province of Herat.

The officials said that the cassettes and drama series were non-Islamic materials and thus they prevented them from being sold.

“There were things that in contradiction with Islam such as women without Hijab and other things. Thus they were banned,” said Aziz Rahman Mahajar, head of the provincial department of vice and virtue.

It has been nearly 10-days since the shops of video and audio cassettes were closed.

“We completely removed whatever they indicated. We have suffered heavy financial losses,” said Fakhruddin Jami, a shopkeeper….

The market is now selling only Islamic video and audio cassettes.

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Twenty-eight-year-old Humayun invested his entire savings of $10,000 to open his own arcade in the western Afghan city of Herat nearly four years ago.

The investment initially paid off as the powerful gaming consoles in his shop attracted young Heratis who spent considerable amounts of money to play the latest versions of the most popular video games.

Then came a downturn after the fundamentalist Taliban returned to power in August 2021. Mounting unemployment and a sharp economic downturn took a heavy toll on all Afghans, including potential customers among the city’s half a million or so people.

Then suddenly, last week, it was “game over” for Humayun and other enterprising shopkeepers.

That’s when authorities shuttered his arcade and hundreds of other businesses after the Taliban’s Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice banned video games, foreign films, and music in Herat, branding them as un-Islamic.

“This business was my life,” Humayun told RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi. “I no longer have a source of income or a livelihood.”

The Taliban’s prohibition, which came without warning, has forced more than 400 businesses in Herat to close.

It followed crackdowns on other forms of leisure and entertainment that clash with the Taliban’s extremist interpretation of Islamic Shari’a law. Earlier this month, also in Herat, the Taliban closed restaurant gardens for women and families.

In October, the group shut cafes offering hookahs — the smoking of which is a popular pastime among Afghan men — across the country. In May, the Taliban banned men and women from eating together in Herat’s restaurants and shut down women-owned and women-run restaurants in the city.

The hard-line Islamist group has aggressively reimposed draconian restrictions on how Afghans can appear in public and how men and women interact, reminiscent of its brutal reign through the late 1990s before it was displaced by a U.S.-led military invasion and a UN-backed government for two decades.

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