The Tehran Symphony Orchestra cancelled a performance that had been planned for the closing ceremony of an international wrestling event on November 29, 2015, after the authorities objected to the presence of women musicians among the orchestra members.
The Iranian Student News Agency’s (ISNA) report of the incident suggested that the women musicians had not fully observed the hijab, or female head covering.
“I said all of us will perform together or we will leave the hall,” ISNA quoted Ali Rahbari, the orchestra’s artistic director. “Some tried to resolve the problem but eventually they said the women cannot be allowed to perform, so I said we will not perform.”
Rahbari described the treatment of women musicians as “embarrassing” and added, “The women musicians were going to perform the country’s national anthem. Why shouldn’t they? I have said many times that I was born in this country and I know very well where the red lines are. As long as I’m the director of this orchestra, I will not allow this kind of treatment.”
The head of the Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, wrote a letter to Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati, indicating that his organization had not opposed to the concert, and he issued a new invitation for the orchestra to perform the national anthem at another international wrestling event in Tehran in January.
“This incident has left a negative impact on public opinion and among art lovers in the country,” Khadem added.
During the past year there have been several concert cancellations, mostly in the provinces. But on January 15, 2015, Shahrvand daily reported an incident in Tehran, involving Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana, prominent singers from the Azerbaijan Republic. They were planning to perform a duet in Tehran for three nights. The first two nights went by without any problem. On the third night, the police refused to allow Qasimov’s daughter to perform publicly, only allowing the concert to proceed without her.
“I respect Iran’s laws but nowhere in the world are women artists treated in such a way,” Alim Qasimov told the audience in an expression of apology on stage.
Afterwards, Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry Spokesman Hossein Noushabadi said the Qasimov concert had all the necessary permits. “Unfortunately when undue interferences happen on the margins, it will have security implications,” he added.
A week before the Qasimov concert, the prominent musician Majid Derakhshani was stopped airport security forces at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on his way to Dubai and told he was banned from leaving the country. He had previously been interrogated by Iran’s Intelligence and Public Security Police about his formation of an all-female musical group, the Mah Banoo Ensemble.
On September 2, 2014, the Shargh daily reported that the presence of women musicians at live performances had been banned in 13 provinces. Pirooz Arjomand, who was at the time in charge of the music department at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, opposed the ban and said it went against the Ministry’s policies. “Separating women is a kind of gender segregation. Other institutions may have a problem with women on stage but this does not reflect the view of the Guidance Ministry,” he stated.
During President Rouhani’s term in office dozens of concerts have been cancelled despite having permits from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The cost has not just been monetary: the citizens of Iran have been deprived of these many musical performances by renowned and beloved artists.

Muslim Rapes American Woman While Chanting “Allahu Akbar”
Published on Dec 9, 2015
Abdulrahman Ali, a Somalian who arrived in America four years ago, is accused of sexually assaulting a gas station attendant in a bathroom at Gordy’s Travel Plaza in Mapleton, North Dakota. After trying to kiss her, Ali allegedly forced the woman into the women’s bathroom, locked the door behind him and started sexually molesting her while slapping and kicking the victim. When the woman tried to escape, Ali threw her against the wall. After law enforcement arrived, Ali refused to open the door, claiming that the victim was his wife. After police kicked in the door, the woman was found injured and crying. “Documents say she was unsure if Ali was speaking English or a different language, but she could recognize one thing Ali said while they were in the bathroom alone. She heard Ali utter “Allah Akbar,” which, in Arabic means God is the greatest,”


Islamists Deny Media Access At Muslim Free Speech Conference
Published on Jan 20, 2015
This is a video analysis bringing the viewer with us as we examine why we were denied access to the Stand With The Prophet Conference in Garland, TX The SoundVision Foundation along with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) deny Jesse Watters of Fox News, The United West, Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, Christian Post and 'certain' individuals who purchased tickets in advance, access to this open to the public event. Watch how the Muslim representatives from CAIR lie and mock the media as they try in vain to gain access to the event. The Islamists at this conference showed great insensitivity to free speech and inclusion. The question that arises is Why were the Muslims denying access and what were they trying to hide. We make this comment because the 'selected' media allowed entry were escorted out of the conference after only 20 minutes and were forced to sign a consent form they would not audio or video tape the speakers inside. CAIR was recently designated a 'Terrorist Organization' by the United Arab Emirates.  Layered on these outrages was the venue itself. The Culwell Center is a taxpayer funded building. As a taxpayer funded building the Muslim group was in clear violation of the Culwell Centers Regulation 1.04 articulating the public can not be denied access to this or any event held there. The purpose of the event was the Strategic Launch of a Communication Center For Muslims. Perhaps it was details of this Strategic Communication Center For Muslims they wanted to keep secret from American non-Muslims.


CAIR-Texas on Fox News to Defend Muslim Free Speech, Refute Allen West’s Smears
Published on Jan 17, 2015
CAIR-DFW Seeks Stepped-Up Police Protection for Muslim Conference After Online Threats