Iran: Supreme leader discourages music

4 August 2010
Music is ‘not compatible’ with the values of the Islamic Republic, announced Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on 2 August 2010.

While the Ayatollah acknowledged that music is ‘halal’ (lawful) he emphasized it was not in tune with the finest religious principles of the Islamic Republic, reported the British newspaper The Guardian.

As a result of the ‘incompatibility’ he furthermore discouraged the promotion and teaching of music in the country.

According to CBC News, Khamenei’s statement came as a response to a request from a 21-year-old religious follower who wanted clarification on his ability to attend music lessons.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instead urged youths to spend their time educating themselves in science or engage in recreational activities or sports.

Although Khameni rarely speaks out in public about music, he is believed to have been behind the banning of Western style music in the 1980s when he served as the country’s president, explained The Guardian.

Ayatollah Ali Khameni has been the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic since 1989.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
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CBC News – 3 August 2010:

‘Iranian leader steers youth away from music’

The Guardian – 2 August 2010:

‘Music fails to chime with Islamic values, says Iran’s supreme leader’

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