Today, there is one particular music channel from Dubai aired via satellite- though it is not intended to be seen by Iranians--since satellite TVs are banned in Iran. This channel, PMC, thanks to illegal satellite dishes, is highly popular among Iranians inside Iran. This Islamic Republic MTV-esque channel displays music produced by Iranian artists inside Iran; but one cannot find images of women without head and body coverings, or dancing or singing in the music videos. But occasionally, quickly passing images of women show up once in a while. A red drink always symbolize wine. And lyrics range from praising the beauty of the beloved to complaints about her dishonesty and disloyalty.
Though I’m not a fan of Persian pop music personally, I just cannot help but loving the irony of it: the fact that music is Haram--forbidden in Islam, but an Islamic country finds a way around it to make “Islamic Music” and sell it to the generation that demands it.
Just remember as long as there are no women in it, and it is not shown on National TV, it is halal!