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Cultural Invasion – In The Wake Of The Abaya

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass L. Usuf

Mass L. Usuf

Man in Buddhism is analysed into five aggregates or existences known as pañcupadānakkhandhā. One of which is the aggregate of perception (saññā). Perception arises from form (rūpa). The path leading to the cessation of wrong perception is the noble eightfold path i.e., right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

In several fora on multi-culturalism and co-existence even recently, I have noticed people curious about the prevalence of the black abaya clad women in our streets. Applying the buddhistic principle of perception (saññā) and form (rūpa), I was imagining what the perception would be if the ‘abaya’ is worn in yellow or orange colour.

As a youngster, in the 1960s, I cannot recollect an instance of seeing a Muslim woman wearing the black Abaya or the Niqab in Sri Lanka. The words Abaya and Niqab are Arabic words. Abaya means, a cloak or a loose over garment covering the body except the face, wrists and feet. Niqab means, a veil. A piece of cloth that covers the full face or the face except the two eyes.

The attire of the Muslim woman of the yesteryears was generally, the Shalwar Kameez. A predominantly South Asian dress with pantaloons or long trousers and a shirt. This comes with an accessory, the dupatta, a multi purpose long shawl. The Kameez would extend beyond the elbows almost reaching the wrists. And the trouser worn loose and baggy would conceal the shape of the woman wearing it. The hair on the head would be covered by wearing the shawl over the head and the cloth flowing over the bosom. Or, one who wears the saree, would extend a portion of the saree to cover the head.

Petrodollar

During the early 1970s, the world witnessed a phenomenon of oil exports by Saudi Arabia, Iran and other middle east countries. The era of petrodollar had dawned. Ibrahim Oweiss a Professor of Economics at Georgetown University in Washington first coined the word, “petrodollar” in order to cater to the new phenomenon of excess dollar movement not forming part of the money supply of the exporting countries.

With the advent of petrodollars industrialization and luxury lifestyle dominated the socio-economic landscape of these countries. The Arab who once took pride over his ship of the desert abandoned it for motorised vehicles. Folks who used to preserve meat using bee’s honey opted to use the refrigerator. The economic transformation through massive industrialization ran parallel to the metamorphosing of the bedouin existence into a modern lifestyle. Of course, many countries of the world benefited by this change. Employment opportunities were in abundance be it for professionals, skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled and also for housemaids. At any given time citizens of more than 50 to 75 countries were benefitting from this black gold revenues. Sri Lanka was no exception.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Employment in the year 2012 a whopping 119,000 females had gone abroad to work as housemaids. The year ending 2014 recorded a total of 300,413 Sri Lankan migrant workers, both male and female. Of this total, 88,661 had gone as housemaids. The Central Bank Annual report 2014 estimated migrant remittances at USD 6.7 billion. An extension of the Arab metamorphosisation has long been seen in Sri Lanka too. Those who earned the petrodollars have built houses for themselves and equipped their houses also with modern electrical gadgets. Many have even migrated to the developed world evidencing the petrodollars earned as assets.

Abaya and Housemaids

The traditional dress of the Arab women was the Abaya. This is in compliance with a Quranic command for women to cover themselves. The Quran states :

“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, to cover themselves with a loose garment…….”. Qur’an 33:59

Since the woman should not dress in a manner that would attract the undue attention of strangers of the opposite sex, they used to wear it in black colour. I am reminded of the sil mathawo who would wear covering the body with pure white dress. Or, even the bhikkhunī (Buddhist nun) who would cover herself fully with the robe. Only the wrists, feet, face and head are exposed. There is no need to cover the head as it is shaven and thus no beauty to behold. They do wear only in one unattractive plain colour, yellow or orange. Certain Christian orders wear the White Coif, the garment’s headpiece and the Tunic, a loose dress made of black serge fabric or white covering her body. In other words, the women be they Buddhists, Muslims or Christians are all protecting their modesty and displaying simplicity. If viewed without prejudice, they are all wearing the abaya. Some Arab women wore the niqab as part of their individual preference for greater modesty. The niqab incidentally, is not a religious edict unlike the Abaya.

Sri Lankans, Muslims or non Muslims, who had been for employment to the Middle-east would have witnessed the culture of modesty. Our housemaids who went to work also had to follow the same rules of modesty. Therefore, they too had to wear covering their bodies irrespective of their religious convictions. The principle being modesty is universal for every human being and all religions preach the ethics of modesty. The Muslims among migrant women who returned to Sri Lanka continued wearing the black abaya. They bring the same abaya as presents for their sisters and other female relatives. Since the trend is black abaya, even the local Sri Lankan shops had to market the black abaya.

Today, instead of the old shalwar kameez and the dupatta, it is common to see the black abaya. It has become more conspicuous too because of its colour. The shalwar kameez is worn in a multitude of colours. Moreover, even those who are not Muslims do wear the shalwar kameez. Thus no bias created on first sight. Buddha’s analysis of form and perception holds very true in this context.

Eightfold path

Hejab or covering, is a rule applicable to both man and woman in Islam. Interestingly, it has in it embedded the application of the eightfold path, aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo. The hejab in Islam is not the physical covering only, it also extend to right view, right speech, right action and so on.

Way back in 11 March 2014 the Colombo Telegraph filed a report under the heading, “School Principal Ignores Governor’s Orders; Bans Punjabi And Makes Students Worship”. The heading itself should give some understanding of the report to the discerning mind. There is a misunderstanding and a wrong perception about the abaya. Evidently, some aggressively misinterpreted it as a cultural invasion threatening the existence of the Sinhala race and Buddhism. Consequently, innocent young girls were not allowed to enter school with their traditional Punjabi dresses. They had to remove the shawl and fold the trouser up to the knee when inside the school. Incredibly, all this happening in violation of Education Ministry Circulars and Supreme Court orders.

The worsening of this situation was when even parents who were wearing the abaya were banned from entering the school premises. The pretext is that the school is a Buddhist school. Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya, is a case in point against which a Fundamental rights petition was filed in the Supreme Court. There have been several instances where in some government hospitals Muslim women were not allowed to wear only the shawl covering their heads. Even today these practices are continuing. As humans let us learn to put a cessation to this wrong perception.

āsava

The Buddha described each group in the pañcupadānakkhandhā as being connected with the āsavas. A āsava is a taint, corruption, intoxicant, or bias. There are four āsavas, namely that of sense desire (kāmāsavā), desire for existence (bhavāsavā), wrong views (diṭṭhāsava), and ignorance (avijjāsavā). It is very clear that the diṭṭhāsava and avijjāsavā viz. wrong views and ignorance is the main cause of this misunderstanding and misconception.

Finally, I reiterate, the Buddhist teaching of the noble eightfold path to those who harbour hatred towards another human being.

Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu, “May all beings be well (or happy)”.

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    Quran, prescribing dress code for women in the dark agesis outdated in modern civilization from the East to West, and from the North to South.

    It is time to discard dated the dated dictum and move on with modern human civilization.

    I am sure Muslim women will love the freedom in equality with men!

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      Thiru

      Why don’t you ask your women folk not to wear the Red Pottu and Ash of the Cow dung on their forehead. By wearing it you want to distinguish from other religion and culture.Quran is not outdated it is modern for every age. You will also note that black Abaya is worn by young Muslim girls who know what modern world is and who wear the Abaya against the ogling, probing and sadistic eyes.

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        Oh please !!!!! Spare us!

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          Girigoris,

          Modern Hindu girls or women don’t wear pottu, or holy ash, neither do the men. Furthermore, these minimal symbols are not discriminatory and confined to women only.

          Whereas Muslim women are compulsorily covered almost 90 odd percentage of their bodies.

          This is not modernity surely.

          If you have a democratic survey among Muslim women, they will definitely reject compulsory covering of their God-given beautiful bodies.

          In Persia women used to wear skirts including mini-skirts during Shah’s rule. Came the Ayatollahs and they turned the clock back and made them all wear purdah involuntarily.

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      Mass L. Usuf

      RE: Cultural Invasion – In The Wake Of The Abaya

      Thank you for the write-up.

      You missed the Main point. The Women are forced to wear buy the men or by their peers. Fat and Old women like it because it will cover their fat and old bodies, and will not reveal these women, and their husbands will not be ridiculed by their peers. Young women and young men generally do not like it.

      1. “As a youngster, in the 1960s, I cannot recollect an instance of seeing a Muslim woman wearing the black Abaya or the Niqab in Sri Lanka.”

      Comment: The Muslims have been brainwashed since then by the Iblis Following Wahhabi Petrodollars.

      2. “The words Abaya and Niqab are Arabic words. Abaya means, a cloak or a loose over garment covering the body except the face, wrists and feet. Niqab means, a veil. A piece of cloth that covers the full face or the face except the two eyes.”

      Comment: This is fine for Arabia. Not fione for other places, even though the brainwashed by the Iblis Following Wahhabi Petrodollars.

      3.” The attire of the Muslim woman of the yesteryears was generally, the Shalwar Kameez. A predominantly South Asian dress with pantaloons or long trousers and a shirt. This comes with an accessory, the dupatta, a multi purpose long shawl. The Kameez would extend beyond the elbows almost reaching the wrists. And the trouser worn loose and baggy would conceal the shape of the woman wearing it. The hair on the head would be covered by wearing the shawl over the head and the cloth flowing over the bosom. Or, one who wears the saree, would extend a portion of the saree to cover the head.”

      Thank you for the write-up.

      4. Petrodoaars and Impact on Sri Lankans.

      “The Central Bank Annual report 2014 estimated migrant remittances at USD 6.7 billion. An extension of the Arab metamorphosisation has long been seen in Sri Lanka too. Those who earned the petrodollars have built houses for themselves and equipped their houses also with modern electrical gadgets. Many have even migrated to the developed world evidencing the petrodollars earned as assets.”

      5. Qur’an 33:59:

      http://corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp?chapter=33&verse=59

      “Muhammad Sarwar: Prophet, tell your wives, daughters, and the wives of the believers to cover their bosoms and breasts. This will make them distinguishable from others and protect them from being annoyed. God is All-forgiving and All-merciful.”

      Bosoms, not necessarily the face and head. Black may be convenient, or was the cultural tradition at that time on Arabia.

      6. Abaya and Housemaids This is the dress for Lazy women.

      For men, the Sarong is for lazy men. Trousers require more work.

      However, the underlying Problem is the Iblis, Devil Following Wahaabi, Salafi and Towheed. The Abaya and Niquab are symptoms.

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        Mass L. Usuf

        RE: Cultural Invasion – In The Wake Of The Abaya

        Thank you for the write-up.

        See Why Iranian women are posting pictures of their uncovered hair.

        Listen to what they say. Not necessary.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNdwFftpndM

        http://www.quran-islam.org/main_topics/misinterpreted_verses/khomoorehenna_(P1226).html

        Published on Jun 11, 2015

        Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist and advocate for religious freedom and women’s rights. She is the moderator of My Stealthy Freedom, a Facebook group that has over 800,000 followers. There, she and other Iranian women post photos of themselves removing their headscarves in public — a quiet but brave protest against the Iranian laws that govern not just their clothing, but the way they practice their religion.

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      Thiru please ask your female family members, to wear bikini and walk around the town. They will quickly earn the handsome tribute of being modern and civilized. The more unshapely fat and bulging they are, the more plaudits they will collect.

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      Why don’t u all change the elephant head to a human head at least now, what I gather it that they could not find the human head so they fixed an elephant head.

      You need to modernize all the kovils remove the elephant head.

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        At least there is a head in its place. Think for a moment the head is between the legs and they chop off quarter of it. That is the cause of all these terror in the world.

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      Do you understand what is modern and what is out dated? Human beings wore nothing in early days and then started covering themselves with different things and now it has become modern with full covering. Do you have any idea why Mary wear a full covered garment in all her pictures?? We really don’t need your views on this.

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      Thiru, there is no such thing as equality between men and women. They are both different physically, emotionally, biologically and in beauty. They do have their rightful place in society, in the workplace and in the sports arena. Generally, a woman who has success in bringing up a good family will never be a success in business, whilst a woman who has had much success in business would never have had success in raising a family. There can never be a superwoman who has success in both spheres who can claim that accolade. Islam recognizes these facts and have given women their due place in society, and the Muslim men must abide and respect their rights.

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        Yeah rite!

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      Mass L. Usuf

      Cultural Invasion – In The Wake Of The Abaya

      So, is this what the women need? Abayas? Is this what Islam and Quran says? Or it the interpretation of some Wahhabi Ulema and Mullahs?
      The Manipulation of Quran 24:31

      (CT Please do not Edit Out. This is material to the Abaya Story, and as to how ISIS is enforcing in its Territory, and the Impact of Wahhabism and eye witness accounts)

      Should George Bush, Dick Cheney and the Saudi Wahhabis be thanked for this state of Affairs?

      [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    I think students should conform to the uniform if they attend that respective school. If they really do need to wear the hijab within school premises,well you could move to a school that allow that. the school I attended had students that belonged to different races and religions. But we wore the same uniform. the Muslim girls removed their hijab at the gate, I never wore the Cross around my neck either. We had a sinhala,english and tamil section. every morning, we would observe a minute of silence for prayers. No Buddhist or Catholic prayers. We would just pray in silence. and we were totally cool with that. Nobody was treated more or less than the others.

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      s.h. – does it stand for shit head?

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      funny comment.

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      Truly,truly sorry for what i said earlier. it was stupid, it was idiotic, and i can’t unsay what i said earlier. I could kick myself now, but i cant take it back now. I guess that is why we should always think before we say, or in this case, before we type. Again, i’m sorry. really.

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    Don’t know (or don’t care) where Mass L. USuf! learnt his Buddhism.

    The statement “Man in Buddhism is analysed into five aggregates or existences known as pañcupadānakkhandhā. One of which is the aggregate of perception (saññā). Perception arises from form (rūpa). The path leading to the cessation of wrong perception is the noble eightfold path i.e., right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.@ is full of mistakes, too many and too fundamental to correct here.

    Little knowledge is dangerous and is an obstacle to Samma Dhitti.
    Best to keep away from Buddhism until you can learn properly.

    Highly encourage it as a solution to Islamist ideology.

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      Well said, mate. It is probably written by a Buddhist and copied and paste by this man.

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      Where else from Quran it teaches everything including Buddhism

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      “Little knowledge is dangerous”.. Then what about 99% of SBs in SL? I doubt even 1% goes beyond little knowledge ??

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      Send him to BBS to learn Buddhism.

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    Valuable article to give some sense to the transition of Muslim dress code.
    I would say not only the ladies even the Muslim gents too have changed their dress code.

    In another perspective the abaya gives the poor Muslim ladies a way out of their predicament. Abaya is also a great equalizer a leveler. It’s all black.

    One cannot judge which one so few sets can be rotated. It also help in functions as well you need to go for expensive Shalwar or Saree, Of course for the people who can afford there is designer abaya which could cost a lot.

    It simplifies the dress code, there is also a myth that Muslim men force their wife/daughters to wear abaya, this is not true at all, I do agree there maybe some lunatics who does that but that’s like 1 in a 100,000 in Sri Lanka(I am yet to come across a such a case)

    Our people are always finding faults with what others dress what they eat and how they live. Why don’t we look at our selves.

    Just see how the dress of majority community has changed ? how many of them have dropped the saree to more modern dress code ! how many Singhala girls wear the shalwar. If we want to see girls with redde hatte we have to go and see kaju gama kaju selling girls.

    Some of the comments are so childish. Why don’t we worry about excessive alcoholism in our society, murder, rape and addiction to gambling. Add Kudu to that.

    Look at all these unemployed graduates protesting blocking the roads asking for jobs from government. How pathetic is that. They got selected to further their free education in the university, they have got a well recognized degree why can’t they compete with the rest and find jobs in the private sector like all the rest ? what about people who did not get to do the degree because they were short by few marks do u see them protesting ? no they have moved on they found jobs and in 4 years they have made a name for themselves added value to their resume.

    1st of all ragging in universities must stop.

    Mentality of the society must change if we are make progress. Luckily a major
    douchebag has been removed from power who was cultivating and thriving on such petty ideals.

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      Afzal

      “In another perspective the abaya gives the poor Muslim ladies a way out of their predicament. Abaya is also a great equalizer a leveler. It’s all black”

      This is a great Leveler of the social classes. That is egalitarian and democratic. looking from that viewpoint, it average the social classes.

      Thre is another point. This gives the women the freedom to move, to do shopping, to go to work etc. This freedom is more important for the lower classes than the upper classes who have servants.

      So, it is positive, from that viewpoint.

      But why black? Even the poor who cannot wash it every day, can now be treated equally?

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        Good point Amare, missed it myself.

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        These days abaya is not a leveler. My Muslim friends tell me that there are abayas of different styles and different prices. Abaya wearers know the differences. Prices range from 2000 to 200000.

        some of my Muslim friends are forced to wear and some choose on their own

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          Maali Karunaratne

          “Abaya wearers know the differences. Prices range from 2000 to 200000.
          some of my Muslim friends are forced to wear and some choose on their own”

          If they wear it voluntarily, without peer pressure, that is their choice.Most likely done by Fat Women, Old Women and Religious Indoctrinated Women, both Young and Old.

          However, there are other, who did nor wear it, like the women 30 years ago, before the Iblis, Devil, Satan Following Wahhabi Invasion by them and their clones, Salafis, Tawheed, etc.

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        Colour also creates attraction, competition to be better in terms of trend, hues and shades, including multitude of colors. So in short, one uniform color for all and the best without distinguishing any differences was decided to be black, and it is now the unwritten law worldwide. But that is not to say that are some still dress Abhaya in color in certain countries, but generally you will find more women wear black than colored Abhayas.

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      baludeen

      “[Edited out]”

      Brilliant

      Thanks for keeping it brief. I must say too brief.

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    [Edited out]

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      Can’t stop laughing, is this for real ? there used to be similar joker “Elu Polla”

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    Black is a cancer spread wahabis. Not all muslims do this. i do not too much of a issue with hijab niqab is complete no go. this dress is for dry arid countries with a lot sand storms to cover from. it is completely unsuitable. if you want to just go close these hijabi woman in humid day in sri lanka. it is already uncomfortable where cotton cloth which can absorb and evaporate sweat. with all this covering smell is unbearable unless you are soaked in perfume.

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    When a Muslim author quotes from the Dhamma we are tempted to quote from the Holy Quran.

    But first of all my own understanding of the Dhamma has to be told. Buddha said about the Dhamma “Ehi Passiko’ (Come and see), thus inviting one and all to take a look at and follow it if they find it true. The freedom to leave it and go back if one does not like it is synonymous with that invitation.

    May I ask the author, whether such freedom is there in Islam? Islam is unique in that once you become a Muslim you cannot go back. It is a one street. As far as I know only Islam has this rule. Christianity, Hinduism etc. all allow conversion to any other religion including Islam.

    To make things worse, if one is born to Muslim parents, it is compulsory for that person to remain a Muslim. Conversion is punishable by death and the killer is assured of a place in heaven with fringe benefits like 72 virgins, flowing rivers of wine etc.

    The joke is that, these same people are now demanding the freedom to wear the hijab.

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    Usuf, why do you quote Buddist scriptures? – The sum total of Buddism is Nirvana, in other words, your presence blissfully enjoying your absence – now that is an impossibility, isn’t it?

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    Do Muslim men become more sexually stimulated when they see uncovered/unveiled women, than men of other religions?
    Are they unable to control their ‘sex urge’ in such instances?

    Is the reverse – Muslim women becoming sexually stimulated on seeing men – more than do women of other religions, also true?

    Is this the reason for this covering up of the body, varying from top of the head only, only by women, to full body covering with slits for the eyes only – and, the enforced practice of any woman being accompanied by a male family member, for venturing out in public?

    I am told that this hijab is not related to the Moslem religion, and is only a cultural practice.
    Is this correct?

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    Sri Lankans need to realize that this is a multi cultural nation, tolerance is necessary to live together in harmony. We also need to respect every individual’s freedom of choice. If a Muslim woman wants to wear a superman suit, that is her business and hers alone. Nobody has the right to dictate to another what to wear, eat, drink or love. And when a group forces their opinion down another’s throat that is how distrust and unrest begin. Live and let live.

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      I agree with this in general. If anyone wants to go about in a Superman dress – yes it is OK. I would even agree with women going around completely undressed, if they like it. The novelty will wear out gradually.

      But as part of a school uniform NO. Because a uniform is a uniform. It should apply to everyone uniformly.

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    Why not we preach Chritianity to the West? I always wonder. Here is a clear and easy way of ensuring we all lead a peaceful existence.

    Soma

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      somass

      “Why not we preach Chritianity to the West?”

      Why not we preach Buddhism to Sinhala/Buddhists. The urgent need of this island is to liberate Buddhism or Buddha’s teaching from Sinhala/Buddhism.

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    I have a problem with Muslim writers – all of them without exceptio. In their moralizing doses NONE of them would give us an example of an Islamic country to follow.

    Any help?

    Soma

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      somass

      “NONE of them would give us an example of an Islamic country to follow.”

      Is there Buddhist country to follow?

      Is there a Christian country to follow?

      Is there a Hindu country to follow?

      Is there a Jain country to follow?

      Is there Zoroastrian country to follow?

      Is there a Rastafari country to follow?

      Is there a country that practices Judaism?

      Is there a country that practices Sikhism?

      I am confused as to why people have to follow a particular religion and cannot chose their own pathways to spiritualism?

      If you are unhappy with Muslim countries you should start your own brand of Islam and preach and spread it to rest of the world. It will turn out to be your version of Sinhala/Buddhism with different shade.

      Please convince yourself first what you believe and practice is the right path to Nibbana. Is it possible for you to convince members of your own family?

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    Abaya is not prescribed in Islam. Quran says “cover your bosoms with a veil” . If Allah had wanted it he could have ordered women to cover their heads. Again the quotation 35:59 cited above is contextual. This was revealed at a time when Muslim women were harassed and this sentence was revealed to protect women from being harassed. in fact during 9/11days, there was fatwa(opinion)given by certain renowned ulemas like Badawii for women not to wear the abaya as muslim women were targeted in US and In th UK.

    What Islam prescribes is modesty in dress for both men and women. They are expected to cast their eyes down.

    There are verses in the Quran which are contextual and some verses are eternal. For instances verses related to slavery is not relevant any more. But verses on forgiveness and mercy are eternal.. Some Quranic verses and saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were answers to the problems at that time.

    Even sentences on treatment of non Musllims are quoted out of context. This creates a lot of misunderstanding among non Muslims. Most of the Muslims agree that these verses are contextual but they are very reluctant to agree that verses related to women ar contextual..

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      If the above statement on Abaya is correct, what is the big fuss. I suppose it is not a religious requirement but cultural practice. Anyway, whether it is a cultural or religious practice, it is every woman’s right to decide what she should wear. Sri Lankan women ‘s dress has hanged a lot. In Colombo we see many irrespective of the class have taken to trousers. Redde hatte has gone to the village. In the villages too hatte has become a long blouse. Saree is becoming an attire worn at formal functions.

      There is always an attempt to control what a woman wears. Anagarika promoted lama sari, Ltte wanted women to wear Saree and pottu. If they are married, thali is a must. Jvp did not want uni girls to wear jeans. School principal orders mothers to wear Saree when they come to school. Muslim ulemas insist on Islamic dress. My plea is let women choose their form of dress.

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        Maali Karunaratne

        “My plea is let women choose their form of dress.:

        You should form a Sri Lanka w omens association for Women’s Choice in Dressing.

        Liberate yourselves from the Men imposed dresses for women.

        Tell the men, the men imposed rules do not apply to women.

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      Salma Junaideen

      “Abaya is not prescribed in Islam. Quran says “cover your bosoms with a veil” . If Allah had wanted it he could have ordered women to cover their heads. Again the quotation 35:59 cited above is contextual. “

      This reminds me of Joshua stopping the Sun for 25 hours, and therefore, the Sun goes around the Earth, as per Joshua and the Bible.
      Joshua 10:13 New International Version
      “So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”

      The Manipulation of Quran 24:31[Edited out]

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      The Quran says a lot of things but you cannot accept them as edicts from Prophet Muhammad or Allah for the obvious fact that it was written 800 years after the birth of Islam and until then all the preachings were by word of mouth and we all know how reliable that is. The Quran is written by scholars, all men, with edicts as they saw fit at the time, mostly to suit themselves. The Christians had to good sense to review and reform the Bible while the crafty Islamic scholars made it blasphemous to question what was written in the Quran. It is now inevitable that internationally and between various sects the Quran is interpreted vastly differently. The prevalence of the Abhaya in Sri Lanka is a recent phenomenon egged on by the petrodollars given to the Muslim leaders, supposedly to alleviate poverty, but instead wasted on building mosques and planting desert palm trees that nobody wants. A sad example is the beheading of innocent Rizana Nafeek, a young Muslim maid in Saudi Arabia, but not a hum from the Muslim leaders as they did not want to upset their benefactors.

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        I agree with your statements excepting the fact that you mentioned that Muslim Leaders didn’t speak out for Rizana. You are wrong Muslims did speak loudly on behalf of Rizana.

        Also a small correction. We do not have Muslim leaders, we have Muslim politicians.

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    Muslim women have to dress like that because of Muslim men’s perversions. I wonder why they have to look down when they see a Muslim man. They should look straight and be on guard. In England, Muslim men were prosecuted for organising young girls into prostitution gangs. Maybe, the injunctions by women are to be followed only in Islamic countries with Islamic men whose vulgarities go beyond imagination.

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    Someone mentioned that “our women went to middle east and saw modesty and decided to emulate it”

    That’s BS. In a nutshell, if a woman goes to middle east and does not wear the male-prescribed black robe, they get beaten or stoned for it

    The obvious option is to wear it rather than suffer a beating or a stoning

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