Top 10 Everyday Things Banned in Iran

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6. Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans

Similar to almost all countries in the Middle East, Iran forbids residents to wear tight trousers as well as other clothing that the Western World includes in the “emo” fashion style. First off, it is necessary to mention that this category of clothing is considered a sign of homosexuality, a crime punishable by death in Iran. Secondly, religious leaders claim the skinny jeans are overtly sexual, denote arrogance and hence, are conflicting with the local traditions. Consequentially, any man or woman caught wearing skinny jeans can be arrested, imprisoned, beaten, raped or even murdered by local authorities.


7. Rap music

Rap music

While the Iranian authorities admit they are not against the genre itself – and yes, they do have several rappers there – they also state that the lyrics and message conveyed by Western rap conflicts with their local tradition. Essentially, most rap and hip-hop tunes nowadays suggest that religion and authority should be abolished in order to enjoy full freedom. The Western rappers who promote this type of democracy are also suggesting that life is all about sex, drugs, alcohol, weapons and violence. In the light of these facts, we believe that Ahmadinejad and Iranian religious leaders are simply trying to protect the youth.


8. Cats and dogs as pets

Cats and dogs

According to some historians who have studied Iran and Islam history, even prophet Muhammad loved cats. This is why the ban on having a cat as pet is considered strange and unfounded. As far as dogs are concerned, they are Haram animals in the Islamic tradition. In the event that a Muslim is to get dog saliva on any part of his body, then he must wash that area 7 times with clean water and once more using wet sand. Even though you can’t have one as pet or eat its meat, Muslims are allowed to keep a dog for hunting purposes.


9. Mannequins, statues and dolls


Mannequins and dolls in Islam countries are viewed as representations of the human body in toy version and considered idolatry in the Arab countries. While Barbie, the most popular doll in the world fits the description, it is important to note that this toy is also banned because it could influence young Iranian girls to want to be more American. Statues are also forbidden in Iran as a means to protect the faith, especially since Islam teaches that God cannot be represented in this manner. In fact, there are several historical evidences suggesting that following in the footsteps of Abraham, statues were not accepted in the past even as forms of art and were immediately destroyed with a hammer.


10. The mullet

the mullet

The ban of mullets has been issued by the Iranian government in July 2010 on grounds that the country needs to keep the tremendous influence of the Western civilization under control. Furthermore, the authorities have already started to promote Islamic hairstyles, which can be checked out at the annual Hijab and Chastity Festival.

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