Syria: Music banned in northern province

23 January 2014

In a statement, the organisation The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has “banned music and songs in cars, at parties, in shops and in public, as well as photographs of people in shop windows,” warning that “whoever violates these rules will subject themselves to the necessary Sharia punishment.”


“Songs and music are forbidden in Islam, as they prevent one from the remembrance of God and the Koran and are a temptation and corruption of the heart,” the statement added.

The directives, which cite Koranic verses and Islamic teaching, are the latest evidence of ISIL’s ambition to establish a Syrian state founded on radical Islamist principles.

ISIL is widely considered the most radical of the rebel groups fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and increasingly each other, in Syria’s civil war.

The organisation is called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS, or Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, ISIL. It connected with Al Qaeda and was emboldened by its victory on 14 January 2014 over rival rebels in Syria. It has imposed sweeping restrictions on personal freedoms in the northern province of Raqqa as it seeks to consolidate control over the region.

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‘Syrian Metal Is War’ is an independent documentary which addresses Metal and its survival in times of war in Syria. The documentary, which is currently under production process, is being scripted, shot, produced, and edited by Monzer Darwish – a Syrian student of Computer Technology, Media, and Mass Communication. Monzer was also one of the founders of the former wide-spread Metal-J forum.

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