Friday, September 7, 2012
Why boobs are awesome
Have you noticed that the Islam we were taught in schools from the 90s into the early 2000s were totally different from the Islam Maldivians are practicing today?
I had heard in those days about extremist preachers posing as teachers infiltrating the education system and recruiting students for their causes. Luckily, I was safe from it. Most of my Islam teachers were good, decent people. Sure, they were a little mysogynistic sometimes...but overall, they were good teachers with a keen interest in Islamic history and tradition.They encouraged us to ask questions, and I was never taught to kill as many people as I can in order to establish a new Caliphate.
Have you also noticed that some of the rules keep changing over time?
Women used to have a choice to cover their heads, (legally, they still do) and then suddenly God started to hate women who do not. According to some of the crazier extremists, non-buruga clad women of the Maldives directly caused the devastation of the 2004 tsunami.
Depicting people in art used to be ok. Then it wasn't ok for a while. And then again it became ok to draw people if we exclude the facial details.
Same thing happened with photography.
Burning a Qur'an used to be a respectable way to dispose of an old copy of the book. Now people kill each other over it.
Why does something that's not supposed to change keep changing all the time? Why the weekly updates in rules and regulations? WHO DECIDES THESE THINGS?