The problem, it seems, is that if women are allowed to use both eyes, they'll be tempted to use makeup.
This bit of Islamic wisdom came from "Sheikh Habadan, an ultra-conservative cleric who is said to have wide influence among religious Saudis, was answering questions on the Muslim satellite channel al-Majd. " (BBC)
A Crackpot With a Thing About Eyes, Makeup, And/Or Women - So What?One response would be to say that he's not a crackpot, he's a highly respected Islamic leader. The problem is, I've gotten the impression that these aren't mutually contradictory conditions.
Sheikh Habadan, the Muslims in Tayside who recognized a puppy as an insult to Islam, and Sudan's courts have done very little to make Islam seem like a belief system that belongs in the Information Age. As I wrote earlier this year, "...Muslims who decide that dog drool, and the dogs that make it, are "unclean" reminds me very strongly of members of those Protestant sects who are convinced that accordions, alcohol and/or tobacco, slacks on women, and wine glasses are the work of the devil.
"The difference is that, these days at least, members of outfits with names like 'First Church of the Hallelujah Few' aren't taken very seriously. Muslims who are offended by puppies are....
"...What concerns me is the way so many Muslims react to images and events:
"...I'd like to believe that Islam can exist in today's world. But Islamic reaction to that cute puppy make me wonder."
I think part of the problem is that Islam has no formal, central, authority. It's very 'democratic,' in that when Islam came to different cultures, the local imams decided what they thought the teachings meant, merged that with local customs and beliefs, and called the result "Islam."
It's a bit like the more colorful parts of Protestant Christianity, where a clique can convince themselves that they, and they alone, recognize the demonic threat of Mr. Ed, or whatever it is that they don't like, or fear.
In the News:
- "Saudi cleric favours one-eye veil "
BBC (October 3, 2008)
- "Chief Saudi Judge: Death to Network Owners! "
(September 19, 2008)
- "Mickey Mouse Must Die! Agent of Satan Targeted by Saudi Cleric "
(September 19, 2008)
- "Brit Puppy Offends Muslims - Outrage Over Police Insult"
(July 1, 2008)
- " 'Will the Real Islam, Please Stand Up?' "
(February 6, 2008)