When Dancing Is a Hadd Offence

The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor's office said, with almost 100 wounded.

A suspected suicide bomber targeted guests at a Kurdish wedding as they danced in the street.

Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, is known to have several IS cells.


"The suicide bomber who attacked the party was a child between the ages of 12 and 14," President Tayyip Erdogan said.

BBC News Aug 21

24:31 And tell the believing women to cast down their eyes and guard their private parts and not show their finery, except the outward part of it. And let them drape their bosoms with their veils... Let them, also, not stamp their feet, so that what they have concealed of their finery might be known. Repent to Allah, all of you, O believers, that perchance you may prosper.

Witnesses said that women and children were among the dead. If the women among the dancers were moving their feet in a way that would have revealed their finery e.g. breasts, then this is a HADD offence.

From a holy warrior's perspective their murder would have been justified even if men and children had to be killed to get to the women sinners.

Do not assume that the boy's age means he was not familiar with the Koran and what is a HADD offence.

There is a very common ceremony practiced throughout most of the Muslim world called Khatmi-Qur’an. It is the ceremony to recognize and celebrate a child’s first full reading of the Koranic text in Arabic.

Most children complete the first full reading of the Holy Book between the age of four and seven.

Mosques around the world have the equivalent of Sunday school classes for children to assist parents in indoctrinating their progeny into the Koran and getting them ready for the Khatmi-Qur’an.

Unlike children learning what Allah reminds the believers are distortions of what He revealed to the Jews, the reason for sending His final instructions for mankind via the greatest communicator of them all, an illiterate Arab merchant He could trust with telling the truth, children attending classes in Koranic studies are not shielded from the nasty bits.

This is not only because the Bible, the King James version contains ten times the number of words, but what is in the Koran is not meant to be reflected upon, but memorized with the memorizers expected to do or not do what they have committed to memory.

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Bernard Payeur