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Local dance

Q. What is the ruling in the matter of traditional dancing in either mixed groups of men and women, men only, or women only?
A: According to obligatory caution men’s dancing is ḥarām. If women's dancing to each other fits the definition of lahw i.e. if a women party is rendered into a dancing gathering, it is problematic and should - by obligatory caution - be avoided. It is also ḥarām if dancing would lead to sexual excitation, leads in a vile consequence, accompanied by perpetration of a ḥarām act (like listening to ḥarām music or singing) or if a woman dances in presence of a non-maḥrām man.
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