The Thinking 

Extremes in Fashion

November 2, 2010



I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this past month. In all my travels to Islamic countries, I’ve never seen such a stark contrast of Islam and the West. For example, in one shopping mall, I was shocked to see ladies in burkas walking past lingerie stores. The city was littered with slutty European and trashy westerner tourists. I’ll tell you what, if I’ve got to pick between the hijab and the whores, I’m going with the hijab. The dad in me began thinking of buying burkas for my daughters.

While walking through the crowded mall a lady in burka nearly ran straight into me. I instinctively put up an arm. My buddies laughed, to which I responded, ‘Hey I thought it was a ninja.’ Still, it was interesting how the black billowing mass triggered fight or flight.

                                                        — Comments —

Dan writes:

I’ve had some experience with the head-to-toe black burka women in Muslim countries. It is a mistake to assume that they are traditional when it comes to sex. Many of them change into miniskirts in the bathrooms of nightclubs and spend the night partying with Westerners. They maintain a very technical virginity until marriage but in reality they are very modern.

Jesse Powell writes: 

There is some evidence to support the idea that Malaysia is transitioning from traditional to “modern” in its culture; I cite the rising divorce rate. The divorce rate in Malaysia in 2000; among Muslims, non-Muslims, and the country overall, respectively, was 14.7%, 2.6%, and 9.9%. In 2005 these rates went to 15.5%, 7.2%, and 12.8%. Looking at the total number of divorces among Muslim couples, the number of divorces increased 27% from 2000 to 2005 and 29% from 2005 to 2008. 

The Islamic Development Department in Malaysia (JAKIM) 6 months ago issued a report titled “He forgets the food, she the sugar; they divorce” decrying the increasing number of divorces, especially among young couples, for trivial reasons. As Ghafani, JAKIM family development director, says: 

“I think it’s the affliction of modern times, where everything can be found at the blink of an eye, that young couples see divorce as an easy way out without even wanting to try to work out their problems first.” 

“The statistics are pretty worrying. It seems that young couples no longer place importance on the sanctity of the family institution.” 

“It is really saddening how couples, some of whom have only been married for months or even weeks, want to end their marriages for reasons that are ridiculous and trivial. They do not look at marriage seriously and do not know how to treat the relationship and their partners.”


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