01 Nov ‘It is just another garment:’ A Muslim Man Speaks Out

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JUAN SAYS: We really do not have an opinion on criticisms about Joey de Leon and Senator Tito Sotto donning Arab-inspired garments during the Halloween telecast of Eat Bulaga. We really don’t. After all, it is just an outfit, and we have seen worse.
 
A comment made by Bismillah Al Rahman Al Rahim, a Muslim brother in one of the threads of Inquirer.net has gotten our attention. We would like to believe that his opinion deserves to be heard. Not all Muslims are offended by the garb, in the same way that many Catholics are not offended upon seeing slutty looking women wearing “sexified” nun habits on Halloween night.
 
Truth be told, why are we so disturbed about the costumes? Why aren’t we disturbed about the presence of Senator Sotto on noontime television. Shouldn’t he be in the senate working, doing research for laws that need to be passed? As a public official and a senator, shouldn’t he be somewhere else working for the betterment of the Filipino people? He can very well use the time spent on Eat Bulaga somewhere else that would benefit the Filipinos and not himself. JUST SAYING.
 

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“Im a Muslim but I try to see things in a much lighter perspective. The thobe is a full-length garment commonly worn by men throughout the Arabian Peninsula. They normally wear this not only when attending to salah (prayer) but also when going to events such as weddings, engagement parties, funerals, corporate events, FOR THE RECORD, IT IS NOWHERE WRITTEN IN THE QUR’AN THAT THE THOBE IS A SACRED DRESS FOR MUSLIM MEN TO WEAR ONLY DURING SALAH (PRAYER) NOR IT’S STATED IN THE QUR’AN THAT ONLY MUSLIM MEN CAN WEAR IT. In one of Dr. Zaker Naik’s lectures, he said that the dress code for men written in the Qur’an is mentioned in Surah Al Nur Chapter 24 Verse 30: “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty.”

Muslim men can pray without wearing the thobe. Muslims can enter masjid (mosque) even without the thobe. QUOTING BRO. ABU MUSSAB WAJDI AKKARI’s STATEMENT ON ONE OF HIS LECTURES: “YOU (MUSLIM MEN) WEAR WHATEVER SUITABLE AND COMFORTABLE FOR YOU SO LONG AS YOU MEET THE ISLAMIC GUIDELINES AND IT DOES NOT FALL UNDER IMITATING THE IMMORAL PEOPLE”.
 
The thobe depicts decency and modesty as well that’s why most Muslim men wear this as an everyday garment outside. The senator and Mr. Joey de Leon, while wearing the thobe even if its just for a costume party, did not make any gestures that will be viewed in opposite of these. Did you see them dance a sexy song with a girl while wearing this during the show? Did they utter a subtle word of insult directly towards Muslims or Islam? Why don’t search on youtube and see some Muslim men wearing the thobe happily harassing and touching Muslim who are fully covered? WELL, THAT IS REALLY SCARY.
 
Some were ranting online saying that thobe was used in a halloween event so it already depicts that Arabs are scary. Please reminded of the history of Halloween “is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhan.”
 
With all due respect to my Muslim brothers and sisters, in my own honest opinion as a Muslim, the thobe is just a dress not the entirety of Islam ALLAHLU ALAM (Allah knows best) so who are you to judge someone based on what you just saw without knowing his or her intentions? Who are you to assume and accuse that they are our disrespecting our religion in first place? It’s (the thobe) not even written in Qur’an? And you demand an apology from them for just wearing something that the Qur’an did not even acknowledge literally as holy? How many Muslim men around the world wear the thobe but DO NOT ACT LIKE A TRUE MUSLIM? Mufti Menk said in one of his lectures, aside from dressing up modestly, lowering your gaze is part of a Muslim man’s dress code.
 
ISLAM IS NOT JUST BEING DEFINED BASED ON WHAT MUSLIMS WEAR. YOU DONT DEFINE YOURSELF AS A MUSLM JUST BECAUSE you ARE WEARING A THOBE. ISLAM IS A WAY OF LIFE — THE FULL SUBMISSION OF ONE’S SELF TO ALLAH. It’s your intentions and actions that you will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgment and not for who wears or not the thobe. I do not see any significant reason to make this issue a very big deal and not afraid to bashed by my fellow Muslims because of my stance on this. Why not focus and pray instead for the Ummah Of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that we may all be continuously guided to the right way towards Jannah (paradise)? As a Muslim, the only thing that I regard as the most sacred Islam is the QUR’AN.”

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