Monday, April 14, 2008

Men first! Why?

Isn't it high time to question common practise and tradition?

Photo from Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, March 2008.

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At April 14, 2008 at 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure I understand this picuture. What is going on here? Is this a home or a prayer hut of some sort? Please explain.

At April 14, 2008 at 10:41 PM, Blogger brommel said...

a mushola (small mosque) to be found everywhere in Indonesia. Mostly they come with loudspeakers operated by scholors of Arabian language (always men)

At April 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Brommel, why do you think a religion practiced by 2 billion people and countless medieval scholars whose scholarly knowledge founded the European Renaissance follow men stand in front of women in prayers? Well even if it might be "about time" for you to question the rule of billions, the practitioners of Islam themselves have questioned this sorts of ruling long time ago and there have been satisfactory answer to this. I suggest you do research on them before relating a logical practice with such biased allegation of discrimination of women. A prayer in Islam has to be done in a state where the mind would not be affected by such worldly feelings and thoughts such as sexuality. For any heterosexual man, it is impossible to ignore an attractive woman if she is in front of his eye sight when you are supposed to be meditating. This is not pervasive or anything but a normal human behavior. Unless you have the interest for the same gender, you won't be able to refute this logic. I have a feeling you don't have much idea about the Islamic prayer itself, which requires one to prostate culminating his/her head touching the ground. A woman in that posture right in front of normal man is a distraction(it's not her fault;it's how human being is), whether you like it or not. Sexuality is a normality in human nature; however when it is to be avoided in Islamic prayer, there is no other option but to follow this rule. Sex during proper time between married couple is considered a form of prayer in Islam but there is a proper time for everything. It is not any tradition or anything. It is a necessity. It does not mean women are inferior. That's just an extent of the imagination from people like you. It is done merely for the protection of eye sight and mind during prayer meditation, not to suppress or oppress anyone. It does not harm anybody, unlike the impractical life long chastity/virginity practice by some christian nuns and priests. Well, the main point is, Muslims believe, apart from the very much logical explanation of the organization of men and women in a mosque, that the mere decree of God is enough to set an order as a strict rule. This might not convince you then if your fundamental belief has no place for God, which could be unfortunate but duly explains you method of questioning.


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