18 July 2009

Burugaa Burugaa Burugaa...

Burgaa or veil seems to be a big topic in Maldives, especially the so called Boduburugaa or hijaab as commonly known.

In my nearly a year of stay in this blogger, I did come across various different articles regarding burugaa. Of cause most of them, criticize the buruga, showing the 'bad side' of burugaa, the bad life of those who wear it or those who asks to wear it and so on...which i need not explain anymore as its out there.

There is something special about this. Why is that everyone is so worried about burugaa or people who wear it? Answer could be simple. It hinders women to enjoy their basic right. Its an extreme way. Its not fit to our country. And many more such answers.

However, my view on this is a bit different. Before you go on to criticize my points, I think it'd be a good idea to read the whole article right. In the end, democracy we talk about, and in it the best part is the tolerance and respect to others views.

First there is no act in Maldivian constitution saying wearing veil is a must. Also there is no single statement saying wearing veil is not allowed.

Second, there are people who wears various different styles of clothes in Maldives. And everyone seems to be OK with it as they wear what they wanted to wear. If so, whats wrong in wearing the burugaa or bodu burugaa, as long as they want to wear it? I don't think the democracy every Maldivian is so much in love is all about not wearing a burugaa. Indeed, it should be about wearing what they wanted to wear right? If then, let the people who want's to wear it do it. You or others wont lose anything. Surely your wives hairs wont be lost just because your friends wife is wearing a burugaa, if that is your excuse!!!

Finally we say human rights, It violates the human right of the ladies. Well, take this example. I been a Muslim, (you call it extremist, Wahhabi, fundamentalist, and many more...which is not what I am worried) I am not allowed look at another lady unless it be my relatives or wife. Now if I say I need to go out on road so none should be out there without covering yourself. What will you say? Obviously you'd label me as a person who is not respecting others right. If so, where is my right to live in my society with my beliefs? That surely is my human right.

So I think we need to learn to live in a society. If you think burugaa violates your rights, fine, that your believes, but that is not an excuse to try to let down another part of society who also have the same basic rights to live the way they wanted.



  1. That's cool. You must be ok with me wearing a big iron cross and walking around Male'. After all it's my human right.

  2. "I am not allowed look at another lady"

    So wear a blindfold when you go out. Use a kafir to guide you.

    I'm Wiccan and my religion says I should go around naked. However Sarkozy/Anni/Beautiful Name Saleem does not give us this right. Let's fight for nudist rights!

  3. If anyone read my blog well, I think I was very clear with my standing. I mentioned clearly that I will welcome any comments, criticism or complements, as long as they fit to the limits of Islam & the constitution of Maldives.
    Let me make it very clear that my blog is not in any way by any means an anti Islamic blog. I will kindly request that such comments are not acceptable here.
    To put in more clear, My target audience of this post are the Maldivians who should be Muslims according to the constitution of the country.
    If any one out is there to say s/he is a non-Muslim Maldivian, well this blog is not for you, or at least not this post.
    Thank you.

  4. Naivete.
    Muslim populations in liberal countries have a surprisingly low percentage of women wearing the hijab when they are given the freedom to choose their lifestyle - unlike countries like Saudi Arabia where their lifestyle is chosen for them by the ruling regime.

    I think it's safe to assume that the majority of women wear the hijaab out of social pressure, be it from their families or husbands.

    You can't say they wear it because they WONT to wear it, because in most cases they HAVE to in order to avoid estrangement, honor killings (honor killings will soon become prevalent in our culture if we don't kick the beardies out), and numerous other consequences that may arise from their choosing to remain independent from religious pressure.

    I realize your initial impulse will be to delete this message. But if you read more carefully you will see that this comment is not anti-islamic but a sincerely objective outlook on the matter.

  5. well, Naivete.
    My impulse is and will always be not to delete any comments. So far I deleted only one comment to my blog, which was due some very inappropriate words used.
    Thank you

  6. If so, whats wrong in wearing the burugaa or bodu burugaa, as long as they wont to wear it?
    (can u pls have a look at the sentence i've copied above? & pls change tha wont to WANT)

  7. Anonymous: Sun Jul 19, 12:06:00 AM MVT

    Thank you so much. Really didn't find that error. Am not very much a good fellow in English.

  8. "First there is no act in Maldivian constitution saying wearing veil is a must. Also there is no single statement saying wearing veil is not allowed"

    "FIRST" you shud luk at dis matter in d quran n sunnah.Cos its above d Maldivian constitution.n if quran says burga is a must....then no need wastin time thinkin abt d human ryts n other made man laws.Allah the almighty is d creator of humans so he knws best abt human ryts.

  9. What I believe is that we are living in this facade that maldives is a 100% muslim country. Faith isnt something that could be ineherited. So just because our parents been muslims doesnt make us muslims. I know numerous christians,buddists and athiest and thier nationality Maldives.

    A muslim women would not mind wearing burugaa, because her religion demands it of her. And then there are the critics who are the incomplete muslims, and the non muslims.


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  11. nice one indeed...

  12. Good post here mate,
    But my opinion on this matter is that a person is free to follow what ever culture they want... be it Mid Eastern, or far eastern or western...
    Burugaa in islam has been debated for centuries, and there are just as authoritative figures on both end of the spectrum.
    I don't think Maldivian women wear burugaa cos they are forced to, Maldivian women have been more independent than that, and no matter what the "beardies" try, in my opinion we Maldivians will never allow room to create a mini-peshawar, or a mini-medhina over here in Maldives.
    As for me, I do not beleive that wearing the headscard is an absolute must, I feel its just a part of globalization and "arabification" of Islam!

  13. @ Ushau... pls be kind enough to show me a single verse in the Quran or a Hadhith of Prophet Mohamed(PBUH) which demands the Muslim women to cover her head with a "head scarf".
    You certainly do not have the right to call ANYONE an incomplete Muslim or a non-muslim just cos they hold a belief that fundamentally contradicts yours. Who are YOU to judge your fellow Muslims?


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