Thursday, June 14, 2007

Actress berated for going botak.

There are times when I wonder about the sanity of the religious Muslim leaders in a multi-racial secular country (As defined in the Federal Constitution and our Rukunegara) like Malaysia. Bear in mind that in Islamic studies, you hear that the females' hair were considered as objects of tempting desire, causing men to lust and so sin, hence the need to cover them ... which makes me puzzle about the line of logical reasoning by the cited zealous religious human mortals with regard to shaving of the females' head in the following story.

The following report is from Malaysiakini, citing an Associated Foreign Press (AFP) news report.

Actress berated for going bald
June 12, 2007

An award-winning actress who shaved her head for a film role has attracted criticism from influential muftis who say her act is unIslamic and sinful.

Sharifah Amani Syed Zainal Rashid, 21, drew widespread shock and interest after she went bald Tuesday, with photos of her splashed across the front pages of Malay-language newspapers a day later.

But muftis in the conservative Muslim country have called on authorities to issue guidelines to prevent Malay Muslim artistes, especially actresses, from extreme behaviour or dressing, the New Straits Times reported.

"Unlike Muslim men, going bald for women is forbidden in Islam. It is sinful for men to act or behave like a woman and vice versa," the mufti of central Selangor state, Mohamad Tamyis Abdul Majid was quoted as saying.

The mufti of northern Perak state, Harussani Idris, said Muslim artistes were becoming increasingly daring and warned them against being influenced by the actions of their foreign counterparts.

"As Muslims, we should not sacrifice our religion for the sake of wanting to be popular," Harussani was quoted as saying.

"I have been observing that nowadays our artistes are becoming too open and daring, either in their actions or attire," he said.

"It is only appropriate for the relevant authorities such as the information ministry to introduce regulations to make them toe the line."

'No regrets'

A well-known actress, Sharifah Amani is featured in current perfume advertisements with her trademark long, straight hair.

She shaved her head for a role in a movie by critically-acclaimed Malaysian independent filmmaker, Yasmin Ahmad.

Yasmin's first and best known film, Sepet, broke social taboos by depicting an inter-racial romance between a Muslim Malay girl, also played by Sharifah Amani (photo), and a Chinese boy.

The film was attacked by film industry leaders, who said the movie threatened Malay Muslim culture and could corrupt Muslim audiences.

Commenting on her decision to go bald, Sharifah Amani was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times Wednesday: "I have no regrets. My hair will grow back."



Anonymous said...

"Sepet, broke social taboos by depicting an inter-racial romance between a Muslim Malay girl, also played by Sharifah Amani (photo), and a Chinese boy."

And who's the chinese boy? Geez, talk about giving credits.

Hafiz MZ said...

I was lookin for the mufti's comment regarding this issue, stumble on yr blog, and read the comment myself, thx for the info.

Its not only Islam consider women's hair need to be covered, Christian does to, Virgin Mary is a christian figure, covering her hair. No?

And the issue of goin bald for women is in different context with yr argument for covering hair. The mufti said based on his interpretation of the scripture (Holy Quran and saying of Muhammad PBUH), which can be interpreted otherwise by others right? just like the Bible