Friday, March 14, 2008

Women Who Sing Should Be Stoned To Death

That's what a Muslim cleric says.

But not in so many words. What he actually said was that listening to music makes one guilty of adultery. The penalty for adultery, especially among women, is to be stoned to death.

Sayed-ur-Rahman Niazi, the cleric at Kabul's central mosque which attracts 50,000 worshipers during weekly Friday prayers, was quoted by Chicago Tribune as having said this very strong anti-music statement:

"It's completely rejected by Islam. Someone who goes to listen to music is guilty of adultery. It's the same thing. And someone who enjoys it should be kicked out of Islam. He's no longer a Muslim." - Young singer becomes ikon in struggle for freedom of music

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