23 May 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  •    - Brunei
  •    - Cambodia
  •    - East Timor
  •    - Indonesia
  •    - Laos
  •    - Malaysia
  •    - Myanmar
  •    - Philippines
  •    - Singapore
  •    - Thailand
  •    - Vietnam
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 05/26/2010, 00.00

    INDONESIA

    Islamic scholars against trans working in women’s beauty salons

    Mathias Hariyadi

    According to the Bahtul Masa’il, transsexuals and transvestites (waria) are men and cannot cut women’s hair unless they are related to them by blood or marital ties. The Muslim Clerical Council (MUI) prefers not to comment the matter. About 25 per cent of waria work in beauty salons. They call the ruling discriminatory that relegates them to “the margins of society”.
    Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A group of Islamic experts from the al Bahtul Masa’il have issued a fatwa against transsexuals and transvestites. The scholars, who represent 125 pesantren in the provinces of Java and Madura Island, have decreed that transgendered people must be viewed as male and for this reason “cannot cut or prepare women’s hair” in beauty salons “to whom they are not linked by blood or marital ties.” Leaders from the Indonesian Muslim Clerical Council (MUI) chose instead not to comment the issue.

    Pesantren are boarding schools run by Islamic scholars set up in the 1930s. There are thousands across the country, especially in Java, and are often involved in commenting issues or current news.

    The Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) is the best-known pesantren organisation, but Bahtul Masa’il has made front-page news for a number of its initiatives, like its recent ban on pre-marital pictures and its fatwas against Facebook and pregnant women smoking.

    This time, Java and Madura Island transvestites and transsexuals have become their target. According to Bahtul Masa’il, touching women’s hair is haram, i.e. forbidden, when done by men unrelated to the women by blood or marriage.

    “Hair belongs to a woman’s most private organ and should be covered. That is why, no she-male should be allowed to touch any vital organ belonging to women who are not their wife,” said Abdul Manan. That is because under Islamic law, waria (transgendered people) are male.

    The Indonesian Muslim Clerical Council (MUI) has chosen not comment the matter. Its leaders in West Java are playing down the issue, saying, “It is not a big thing to comment.”

    In response to the fatwa, transsexuals and transvestites have organised protests, stressing that the ruling is discriminatory and might end up relegating to the “margins of society” a group of people already facing major hurdles in society.

    According to figures released by Irma Subechi, from the Surabaya Transvestites Association, 25 per cent of 670 warias work in show business or beauty salons.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    17/12/2016 12:22:00 ISLAM
    For a former radical Muslim, Riyadh and (Wahhabi) Salafism are a danger to Islam and the world

    Henda Ayari, a 39-year-old Franco-Tunisian woman, lived and practiced an extremist and fundamentalist version of her religion for years. She was initiated into the radical ideology through her marriage to a fanatical French Muslim. Saudi Arabia and its royal family promote a deviant faith with political goals. Today she struggles for a moderate Islam that can dialogue with other religions.



    10/11/2004 INDONESIA
    Protestant clergyman from Central Sulawesi released

    He had been arrested on charges of weapons possession. Weapons were used to defend Christian refugees. In prison he met fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Baasyir.



    11/03/2006 INDONESIA
    Extremist Muslims force a Catholic "home" church to shut down

    A local priest told AsiaNews about the incident. The assailants "came from outside", and when informed about the case, the police "advised" the Catholic community "not to make too much fuss about the matter".



    30/09/2016 16:12:00 INDONESIA
    Six-month maternal leave in Sharia-ruled Aceh province

    Local authorities double maternal leave. Jakarta criticised the decision, claiming it violates national regulations. Provincial spokesman said the decision was taken to encourage breastfeeding and reduce malnutrition. Human rights advocates praise the measure.



    03/08/2011 INDONESIA
    Mandatory veil and fasting as Indonesia is ‘Islamised’ during Ramadan
    Pamekasan District chief imposes jilbab on female public servants. Restaurants are closed during the day for a whole month. Nightclubs shut down as Muslim fundamentalists go after those who break the rules. On Sumatra Island, civil servants are fired if they break the fast.



    Editor's choices

    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®