Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei: Music ‘Not Compatible’ With ‘Sacred Regime’
August 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—As if things couldn’t get worse for the people of Iran, the oppressive regime’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is now seeking to restrict the teaching and studying of music. Iran’s leaders have long sought to repress public concerts and musical recordings, save for religious and military music, but an outright ban on music as a discipline, seems to be a first. Khamenei declared that music is “not compatible” with the religious values of the Islamic Republic.
The Guardian has the details on the Supreme Leader’s distaste for music:
“In some of the most extreme comments by a senior regime figure since the 1979 revolution, Khamenei said: “Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic.”
“Khamenei’s comments came in response to a request for a ruling by a 21-year-old follower of his, who was thinking of starting music lessons, but wanted to know if they were acceptable according to Islam, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music,” he said.
Khamenei’s rulings are considered the law of the land. So, does this mean Iranians caught playing a musical instrument would be thrown in prison?
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/www.sajed.ir/Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran.