Zumba has been added to the list of prohibited (aka haram) things within Islam. Alongside eating pork, drinking alcohol, and gambling.
Dig a little deeper, it's been prohibited because the class encourages girls to "shake it" and the music elicits emotions that should otherwise remain suppressed. And the Zumba wear is sexy. Hah!!!
Wait, are we talking about Zumba?
I've done a few Zumba classes so far, and it does everything BUT elicit emotions. The class is definitely fast paced, cardio-packed and there's you on the dance floor/dance studio trying hard to follow the Zumba instructor's choreography the best you can...there's no time or space to think or do anything else. And normally you're in a class full of women. Men seldom join these classes. By the end of the class, we were drenched in sweat, and trying to catch our breath.
And this is haram? Sigh... It seems with time, we are getting much more paranoid over every little thing and are getting forbidden to do this and that... Oh em jiiii.....
But what these people who forbid us Zumba (now) don't know are the benefits of Zumba. First of all, all women classes are being offered, so the fear of exposing their wives, sisters,daughters to the opposite genders not even relevant. Second, it's an intense workout and you don't even realize you're working out. Time flies as song after song with new choreography is stepped out, and it's only when you're huffing and puffing and sweating that you realize it's a workout. Third, it's a lotta fun! I've never laughed as much while working out as during Zumba. Whether it's because of friends making exaggerated facial expressions, or looking at my pathetic attempts in the mirror as they too try to follow the choreography, it's definitely funny. And lastly (but perhaps the most importantly), all of us need to let loose once in a while. In a good way! Life is stressful and sometimes, so just letting loose to some music around other women is not a bad thing. Is it... Can these people who go around trying to deprive other people of dance exercises and other things get their heads checked for their extremities instead...sighhh...
And like a friend of mine mentioned, their wives are getting fat from lack of exercises because one by one classes (Yoga, Poco2, Joget, etc...etc) are getting prohibited and they are busy oogling or eyeing up potential girl friends or 2nd or 3rd wives....(OK.. This I harsh.. But just a thought)