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Mahraganat “more harmful than coronavirus,” states Egyptian parliament spokesperson

“This type of music is based on promiscuous and immoral lyrics, which is entirely prohibited, and as such the door is closed on it.” There might be more to this. Whenever I note that Islamic law prohibits music (aside from nasheeds, a cappella tunes encouraging jihad), I am excoriated as a greasy Islamophobe, but it’s however true: Hadith Qudsi 19:5: “The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to ruin all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the features of lack of knowledge.” (The Hadith Qudsi, or holy Hadith, are…

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Egypt’s Musical Syndicate Bans Popular Mahraganat Music

Egyptian Musician’s Syndicate head Hany Shaker issued a decree on Saturday banning all Mahraganat singers (electronic folk) from performing in any festivals, clubs, cafes or other concerts, according to an interview on Amr Adeeb’s program. In the interview, Shaker noted that, “Mahragant musicians will no longer be working in Egypt,” and that they will “not be able to obtain a license” to perform anywhere. “This type of music is based on promiscuous and immoral lyrics, which is completely prohibited, and as such, the door is closed on it,” Shaker added,…

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