You have to wonder what sort of passions course through the minds of the East Java clerics to think that hair straightening would lead to immoral acts. They also seem to frown on women trying to improve their appeareance.
So what do they expect, that women should all look like unkempt dogs? Danger here is that they might still think that unkempt dogs are still a test to their self-restraint.
Fortunately MUI has not succumbed yet to endorsing such proposed fatwas from the East Java clerics. One can only hope common sense prevails.
This excerpt from The Jakarta Post:
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 01/17/2010 3:06 PM | Headlines
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has not endorsed the fatwas issued at a recent gathering of Muslim clerics in East Java, a council leader has said.
The leader, Cholil Ridwan, added that he personally supported them.
The MUI does not discuss issues until the public sees them as essential and asks the council to begin a discussion, Cholil said.
“The MUI must issue a fatwa *on the issue* if there is a request from an institution or individual. As long as there is no request, the MUI will focus on its work,” Cholil was quoted by detik.com as saying.
He was commenting on the controversial issuance of fatwas by a gathering of East Java clerics that forbade Muslims from modifying their hair such as by dyeing and straightening it, and from holding pre-wedding photo sessions.
The same gathering had previously forbidden Muslims from using social networking site Facebook.
The edict was endorsed by 250 leaders of Islamic boarding schools in Java and Madura.
They said that hair straightening was haram for women as it could lead to immoral acts if the intention was to improve physical appearance.
“If we refer to the syariat *Islamic law*, I have no objection to the fatwa,” Cholil said.