Imagine, if you will, being oppressed in Iran. It is not in the Quran, not in the Hadiths, nor Sunnah, nowhere does it say, in religious Islamic literature, that it is illegal for a woman to sing.
It is solely a cultural quirk. ‘Men can’t handle it’, so they create laws mandating a woman to wear a hijab(1)(2), to cover their hair, and they are forbidden to sing.
The women of Iran are finally standing up for their right to sing.
My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران, a Facebook group, was created.
The group posts videos of Iranian women singing. Some show their faces. Others don’t. Some cover their hair, some don’t. Some dance, also forbidden in public.
When the time comes, support these women. Support their right to be free.
- “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty…And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and adornments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers…(a list of exceptions)” [Chapter 24, verses 30-31]
- “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons…that they should be known and not molested.” [Chapter 33, verse 59]
- Bottom line, all muslim women generally cover their hair so as not to tempt the men around them. It is a cultural thing. Iran, in the 1970s was very ‘Westernized’ and Iranian women have gorgeous hair.
- http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/women_singing.html This appears to be the clearest explanation about singing by women in Islam. The person who wrote this does not give a clear answer, it is highly speculative, therefore any imam can misinterpret this any way he chooses. The bottom line? Singing is not forbidden.