“There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.”
– Ayatollah Khomeini
“The Ayatollah Khomeiniâ€™s rejection of music â€” like the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s and Qutbâ€™s â€” was directly connected to his revulsion of any form of cheer or joy in human life. He explained:
“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer.
An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”
“And so, it is clearly evident why communist China closed down Degangâ€™s comedy clubs and why such clubs are non-existent any place where Islamic law is in effect. In Islam, laughter is intensely discouraged, and is actually forbidden for women â€” especially young girls.
Author Nawal El Saadaw remembers that, growing up in Egypt, â€œIf I laughed, I was expected to keep my voice so low that people could hardly hear me, or better, confine myself to smiling timidly.â€
When Souad, the Palestinian survivor of an attempted honor killing, was flown to Switzerland, she was shocked to find females dressing as they wished, smiling and laughing without being punished, and having people actually say â€œthank youâ€ to her â€” which had not happened once in her entire life in Palestinian society.