Forbidden Hair Styles for Women

Jan 20th, 2010, in Opinion, by

hairWomen’s hair issues dominate discussions at an East Java clerics’ meeting.

MENTAL HEALTH IN EAST JAVA

Held at the Lirboyo Islamic boarding school in Kediri, East Java, scene of last year’s fatwa against Facebook controversy, this year’s meeting of the East Java “Forum Musyawarah Pondok Pesantren Putri” (FMP3) saw the following practises condemned as unIslamic, for unmarried Muslim women:

  • hair dyeing
  • hair rebonding / straightening
  • pre-wedding photo shoots

And for both married and single Muslim women:

  • punk hair styles
  • rasta hair styles
  • working as ojek drivers
  • riding ojeks
  • actors playing non-Muslim characters

Hair

Darul Azka, a spokesman for the Lirboyo meeting, spoke for his fellow-dinosaurs when he said that hair straightening (for women, he emphasised, so I guess any of us guys who are a bit crinkly are entitled to get it ironed out!):

could lead to immoral acts if the intention was to improve physical appearance.

In Islam, especially in the study of the kitab kuning (traditional yellow book), women wearing accessories or changing their hairstyle, with hopes of attracting members of the opposite sex, is the same as revealing parts of the body that must not be exposed under Islamic law, and this is forbidden.

Darul Azka
Darul Azka

And if they choose, inexplicably, to make themselves look worse, to deflect admiration, then Islam endorses that? But suppose some bloke dyes his hair!?! Okay?

And they try to tell us that their religion is fair to both sexes?

Daffy Darul went on to say that a woman was allowed to change her appearance if she intended only to please her husband, and that she must ask for her husbands’ consent before changing her appearance. Therefore, there should be no excuse for unmarried women to change the shape and color of their hair. Stepford Husbands, all is forgiven.

Ojeks

Another forum spokesman Muhammad Nabiel Haroen also warned women against working as motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers:

forbidden for women to work as ojek drivers because of the difficulty of eliminating the possibility that immoral acts could be committed under such circumstances, especially if the women were married.

I see lots of ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes, mostly Muslims, this being a 90% Muslim city, and lots of them with jilbabs, getting much closer to all kinds of men on Jakarta’s crammed metro-minis and angkots every morning, and despite some measure of wishful thinking on the part of a number of men, probably, no sign of even moderate vice, much less the ‘eternalised’ sort.

Muchammad Nabil Haroen
Muchammad Nabil Haroen on Facebook

It may well be possible to engage in some slap and tickle astride an ojek bike, but why should married women be more at risk? Are they better-versed in such shenanigans? I’d have thought young innocents would be in greater jeopardy, though as another recent post about Tangerang indicates, (not to mention the dirty beast Shek Puji) girls might be in greater danger from pesantren types than ojeks!

Just imagine if a female ojek driver carried a male passenger who was not her muhrim, or a close relative who was forbidden to marry but allowed to associate with her. Women are not allowed to become ojek drivers because it would be hard for them to avoid sinful acts and matters that could lead to slander

The only slander evident here is the clerical buffoon’s suggestion that decent housewives and secretaries are open to indecent advances from the biker cabbies.

It is also haram for women to take ojek because her skin could brush against that of the opposite sex, she could expose her aurat, or be in close proximity…

I know lots of serious female Muslims who use ojeks daily. Maybe their bare wrists brush against the guys as they dismount but gimme a break! That is ‘sinful’?

Wedding Photo Shoots

The conference also condemned pre-wedding photo sessions because in such circumstances women would be mingling and being too close to men, namely the photographer.

Such photo sessions mean eternalizing the vice.

Acting

The forum also forbade Muslim artists from playing non-Muslim roles in movies or TV soap operas. Why? No reason apparent, though one is left to conclude that such is the attraction of other faiths that even sinetronic simulation may cause the dread conversion.

The edict is binding for all Muslims in Indonesia, but it’s up to individuals to abide by it because Indonesia is not an Islamic state

Muhammad said. Thank God (Allah) for that. But what a crowd of sex-obsessed, insecure, paranoid…ah, what’s the use? But it had to be said.


45 Comments on “Forbidden Hair Styles for Women”

  1. deta says:

    Does this individual truly represent the island’s national ideal of constructing an Idiocy, Ignorance and Piss-Taking Hypocrisy Collective (IDIGPISSTAHYC)? Would he or she generally follow the Island’s Concentration of Noticable Fools Directive (CONoNFODIR)?

    Talking about IDIGPISSTAHYC and CONoNFODIR (can’t believe I am able to spell them correctly), all the Indonesian legislative members are eligible for the citizenship. Send them off !!

    sex appeal are no longer permitted, you need to let the bush-bush underneath to grow and be a forest! probably women could help the endanger ecosystem by reducing the global warming.

    The positive thing is we can help to support the WWF’s programs.

  2. molceonly says:

    deta (PM) Says:
    January 26th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The positive thing is we can help to support the WWF’s programs.

    hahaha, that’s funny… you may start inhabit the jungle… Monggo…..

  3. Ross says:

    Did anybody see the JP today, where both that PKS minister and the leader of Muhammadiyah declared their reluctance even to comment on the MUI morons’ decree?

    Why the silence?
    Either they agree with the cretinous fatwa but are ashmed to say so, or they don’t agree but fear to alienate fanatic grass-roots?

    Either way, their silence is contemptible.

  4. copyproof says:

    F*ck it!
    tell you what! I’m Indonesian, female, muslims, and I dyed my hair, even curled it!

    Who are those ppl to tell me wht is right and what is wrong! Who are you to define one’s sins?!
    (Newsflash : you are human, just like me!)
    I’m doing my prayers five times a day, for f*ck sake! I even do sunnah fasting and sunnah prayers!I read Qur’an every night! f*ckers!

    You have no right! It is GOD’s authority to define one’s sinfull or sinless!

    So you think I’m sinfull and going to hell just because I dyed my hair?? How’d you know?! You might be more sinfull than I am! You might have robbed someone’s source of living! (Telling women cant be ojek drivers?! What if it is the only choice they have?! So you think, it’s better to let their kids starving and dying?! Well f*ck you!)

    Peeps, have you heard, that women cant wear pants @ Aceh or they’ll get arrested?
    Those ppl have gone stark raving mad! Didnt they learn about Human Rights at school?!

    P.S sorry for my rude words. I’m pissed!

  5. molceonly says:

    copyproof (PM) Says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    no need to tell, your piss was absolutely stained… hahaha, well said my friend. some part of moslem world just ain’t right. not to misjudge over your belief, but there are parts in human religion that misplaced and over-credit as standard to others life.

    if MUI forbid this and that and other clan of islam support it. than your moslem life not even better than just a arabian nightmare.

    like you said, you’re Indonesian…. and this is INDONESIA. so f**k arab! go home and let Indonesian alone.

  6. copyproof says:

    You know what? I once attended a ceramah agama . The spoke person is Mr. Quraish Shihab. In the question and answer session, someone asked him about one of his daughter who does not wear jilbab/hijab.

    “You’ve had explained about the norms of Islam, but why is there one of your daughter not wearing jilbab/hijab?” asked the woman.
    Mr. Quraish Shihab giggles for a few sec, then asked back, “My honourable moslem fellow, what do you think a jilbab is?”
    The woman fell in silence for quiet a moment, and before she found the answer, Mr.Quraish Shihab asked another Qs, “Is the thing you’re wearing on your head a jilbab/hijab?”
    The woman answered right away, “Yes..” she said.
    “No, my sister. It is not. It is only a veil, for I can still see your hair beneath it,” he said. “Veil only covers your body, while jilbab/hijab covers your body and beautify your heart. Wearing a jilbab/hijab is a big responsibility. If my daughter wears jilbab/hijab, then she must be preapared to wear it in an apropriate way based on syariat. Therefore, I would be very happy if she wore a jilbab/hijab in her (heart) first” he continued.

    .
    My point is… Isnt it better to have beautiful heart first, straighten our Islamic soul first, doing good things to other first, rather than messing around with how we look and how many opposite gender we touch? Isnt ALLAH more concerned about how we act after the prayers/shalat than the prayers/shalat itself?

    Our religion, Islam, is a beautiful religion. It respect human rights. It has a modern way of thinking. And it can unify every difference. So please, dont create wrong impressions of this beautiful religion. Dont make ppl judge us, dont make it worse. make ppl interested in our religion, make them understand how it really is. Havent you ppl get sick of being misjudged?

  7. molceonly says:

    Isnt ALLAH more concerned about how we act after the prayers/shalat than the prayers/shalat itself?

    you can start to bombarding that question to FPI, who raid many churches and torn them or even put them into flame. not mentioning other those believe islam is some other ways too…

    misjugde? don’t mind that…. misinterpret the message of Allah is much concern to me…

  8. Nay says:

    My point is… Isnt it better to have beautiful heart first, straighten our Islamic soul first, doing good things to other first, rather than messing around with how we look and how many opposite gender we touch?

    Yes, but then that negates the need to even have special Islamic apparel! If beautiful heart is all that matters, why all the rules about clothing and appearance? If you have to look beyond the physical appearance of somebody, how about making a start by removing impediments (such as extra clothing) to this spiritual goal?

    Secondly, why is it only women who are singled out for the headscarf treatment? If it is for the woman’s benefit to wear such clothing, it should be a stipulation that men do the same thing! That is, if it really is all about what is inside that counts?

    Do you see the contradiction here? If the inside is what counts, why the big deal about the outside? What are they not telling you?

    Isnt ALLAH more concerned about how we act after the prayers/shalat than the prayers/shalat itself?

    In that case, why bother praying at all?
    Why not just meditate and train your mind into becoming a better person, if your deeds are all that matter?

  9. molceonly says:

    to NAY…
    what you are saying is not better of than other moslem trying to attack moslem would say.
    copyproof was trying to make an expression what she felt of being moslem but yet treated not like it.

    she mentioned that islam is true peaceful religion and yet action through action she had from fellow moslem is not a peaceful thoughts. it was a nightmare and torture. a bondage to a freeman soul. if your religion is so called peaceful religion, why not teach peace and how to get it without being harsh to condemn those who run opposite way?

    like i said, this is indonesia. not arab!!!
    before your religion or christian come in, “not so many people wear a proper clothing”. so being Indonesian you need to be proud in your ways and protect the ways of living without forget about your origin culture.

  10. copyproof says:

    @ Nay
    English is not my first language, so I might wrote it wrong or gave you the wrong impression, plus I’m not quiet understand about what you’re saying up there. But I just got the impression that u suggest us, all moslem women, to wear hijab/jilbab, is it not?

    Well. I want to wear jilbab, actually. Just not now. lol.
    All I’m trying to say is that this kind of rule (telling women cant be ojek drivers and all) are just insane?!
    Like I said on my previous comment :

    Who are those ppl to tell me wht is right and what is wrong! Who are you to define one’s sins?!
    (Newsflash : you are human, just like me!)
    I’m doing my prayers five times a day, for f*ck sake! I even do sunnah fasting and sunnah prayers!I read Qur’an every night! f*ckers!

    You have no right! It is GOD’s authority to define one’s sinfull or sinless!

    So you think I’m sinfull and going to hell just because I dyed my hair?? How’d you know?! You might be more sinfull than I am! You might have robbed someone’s source of living! (Telling women cant be ojek drivers?! What if it is the only choice they have?! So you think, it’s better to let their kids starving and dying?! Well f*ck you!)

    These kind of rule (ones about wht may and may not be done with our hairs, forbidding a job, etc) give ppl wrong impressions of our religions. It make ppl think of Islam as a retarded (if it really is the suitable word) religion. While, it’s not. In my eyes, Islam is so modern, so beautiful, and very very appreciate diffrences.

    In that case, why bother praying at all?
    Why not just meditate and train your mind into becoming a better person, if your deeds are all that matter?

    As for this one.. What I’m trying to say is that it will be a waste for ppl to do all their prayers but still doing bad things afterward. So wht’s the most important, in my opinion, is we do our prayers to communicate with our GOD (it really feels comfortable, every time we pray. it feels so good and peacefull) and do good deeds afterwards. Dont you agree?

  11. copyproof says:

    @molceonly
    wow.. thank you really.
    (I didnt read ur comments on Nay while I’m writing my 2nd comments. ;p)
    GO INDONESIA!! hehehe

  12. Nay says:

    what you are saying is not better of than other moslem trying to attack moslem would say.
    copyproof was trying to make an expression what she felt of being moslem but yet treated not like it.

    Yes, I understand that she wanted to express herself.. but I had a few simple questions about it. I asked those questions because I didn’t know, and since I assume you are Muslims, you had an answer to it. I would have thought that Muslims would invite questions about their religion…

    if your religion is so called peaceful religion, why not teach peace and how to get it without being harsh to condemn those who run opposite way?

    Yes, I don’t understand why Muslims do that to each other either. Makes no sense to me.

    I just think this issue is basically centered around how women were treated in Saudi Arabia in the early days of Islam. What has happened (I think), is that the ownership of women as concubines and slaves (it is widely known that Prophet Mohammed had several himself), has been uplifted to the status of The Word of God, and the correct way to relate to women. Also, Arabic dress (suitable for desert environments) has been decreed as a religious uniform in places where it makes no sense to dress like a desert dweller (like in the middle of Indonesia)!

    Some people would even call it Arabic Cultural imperialism… which is really no better than American cultural imperialism! Anyway, soon we may all be getting Chinese cultural imperialism, and I’m not looking forward to that!

    Suddenly the ownership of women by men has become the ordained way of men to relate to women.

    like i said, this is indonesia. not arab!!!

    On a related note,.. I’ve always wondered about the relationship between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. It seems that the Indonesians feel that the Arabs are brothers in Islam, and yet the Saudis seem to have little respect for Indonesians. Even the strains of Islam are very VERY different. The Saudi’s are wrapped in up their fundamentalist dogmatic Wahabbi Islam (which I think has twisted the Quran the wrong way), which is quite opposed to the more moderate and reasonable Islam in Indonesia.

    before your religion or christian come in, “not so many people wear a proper clothing”. so being Indonesian you need to be proud in your ways and protect the ways of living without forget about your origin culture.

    Totally agree.

    I do think that it’s important for women to dress in a way that they feel comfortable, so that men treat them as human beings and not as sex objects.

    Already what we see in the west and in other non-western countries, is that scantily clad women are used by companies and slick marketers to target young men in advertising… trying to create an illusion that one cannot be with a beautiful woman unless he buys certain items, or lives a certain lifestyle.
    It’s completely the wrong message to send…. but captialism only cares about profit, and not about moralizing society.

  13. molceonly says:

    @ Nay
    my sincere apology if i went quite far before your last post. i must say that i’m not moslem and not a anti-moslem too. I’m a man anti-hipocracy. i live my life share my yard to mosque so ummat can park their bikes before shalat.

    it’s happen to our country that since islam become a majority, then they thought it would be good to turn the ideology to islam to make a better way of living… questions… to who?

    not every Moslem’s agree syariah as it happen in Arab. look at Saudi Arabian, look at Turkey, look at Iran, look at many other moslem country. take a good lesson… have you ever seen something good comes out from violence? or have you ever seen something good come out from freedom of being who they are?

    view this article if you want to know what i’m saying… http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/45558.html

    if you ask me will i be visiting Arab someday in the future. i would say i will, look at Burj Arab!!! what a awesome hotel right? look at their women… are all of them got their veil on? NO… why don’t you ask moslem ladies over there what they think of Hijab.

  14. I wrote about the ridiculous way this story was covered in the Telegraph/Huffington Post, for all who are interested:

    http://durkadurkistan.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/anti-muslim-pornography-on-the-huffington-post/

  15. sajeena says:

    Asalamualaiquim warahamatullahi wa barakatuhu..
    I just wanted to ask dat.is it forbidden in islam for woman to make their hair with taking side partition.

    Kindly reply.
    Jazakallah
    Sajeena

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