‘Short hair, who cares. Stupid fatwas everywhere!!’
So the chants were heard in KLCC vicinity few days ago. In response to latest fatwa ruled by National Fatwa Council barring any act of Tomboy by girls or famously known as Pengkid.
Quoting from one of the demonstrator who categorically labeled this fatwa as a ‘crap’ coming from a group of people that misuse the power and picked on women as to benchmark the moral of the community. According to Malaysiakini, this demonstration was organised by Katagender, a gender activist groups that specifically fight for gender equality and a group called Food-Not-Bombs.
In another coverage also by Malaysiakini, Ivy Josiah, activist from Women Against Opression (WAO) expressed her uttermost disappointment on this issue. She claimed that Muftis or organization alike are trying to impose some degree of control of women choices and to a certain extent women’s life. Referring to a news on incentives offered to man for marrying a single mother, she told Malaysiakini, that is humiliating to women.
Fatwas are guidance to Muslims as how they should conduct their lives in a manner that is approved by Islam. From my observations, in all 2 videos posted here, I can say that non muslims might misunderstood the section of community the fatwa has its power upon. Since, majority of those who protest are non muslims, and Ivy Joisah herself is not Muslim too.
There are certain ways, according to any religion women should conduct, behave, or present themselves in community, so as for males. I guess this fatwa issue must be cautiously discussed as it involves religion. What is seriously lacking now is there is no mechanism to educate and to inform the people the rational behind the production of this fatwa.
What say you?