Bald is hot! It caused fire.

June 14, 2007 at 11:23 pm 6 comments

New Strait Times today published an article regarding Sharifah Amani went bald for Yasmin Ahmad upcoming movie, Muallaf (The Convert) – a story of old hurts, new friendships, and the painful yet beautiful journey to forgiveness, claiming it is a sinful action as a (Muslim) woman to go bald.

It seems that her move on going bald is definitely hotter than that of Britney Spears as it grab the Mufti(s)* attentions and issued immediate warning towards artiste to not go overboard with their appearance.
*Islamic scholar who understands the law of Islam and capable of issuing fatwa (opinion/judgement by Mufti)

Quoting words from Selangor’s Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyis Abdul Majid in the above mentioned article:
Unlike Muslim men, going bald for (Muslim) women is forbidden in Islam. It is also sinful for men to act or behave like a woman and vice-versa.”

I tried to find information about this law over the internet but I’m unable to find any that support his claim and I don’t see the relations between bald and men acting/behave like woman in this issue. Where does that fit in? Only a Mufti can tell. The closest thing I can get to was a paragraph from Islamic Medical Ethics in the Twentieth Century (1988) by Vardit Rispler-Chaim (page 48, Chapter 5) that reads:

A bald woman may wear a wig even though the use of wig is forbidden by Islamic Law. It is emphasized that there is difference between beautifying and the removal of defects. Whatever cannot be classified as removal of defects is necessarily classified as “beautifying”, hence forbidden. – referred from Al-Fattawa Al-Islamyya, 1st Edition, Beirut, 1988, v.3, pp.201-202 (a fatwa from Ibn Athimin).”

Sharifah Amani Bald
Sharifah Amani, looking amused at her new look.
(Image derived from The New Straits Times)

Been a multi-racial country such as Malaysia, I’m sure the Islamic Law our country is practising has exemption for certain situations. Sharifah Amani goes bald for her role in Muallaf – I believe she’s the first artiste in Malaysia to do so, attracted so much media hype that her new bald look became headlines of every major news publication the very next day. This is where the problem comes in – she get too noticeable, albeit she is only doing her job to fit the movie’s role, she is subject to criticism for trying too hard to be famous. Conservative folks we’ve got here, and that’s the sort of film Yasmin Ahmad used to deal with – the kind that challenge the idea of what is right and what is wrong.

I’m hoping the best for the movie as well as Sharifah Amani well being. It is hard enough to loose her long and lustrous lock, what’s more that she’s now put in the spotlight for fulfilling her duty as an actress, in hope to show the world and Malaysia the kind of movie people would watch in cinema, the sort of movie that shows “Malaysia Boleh!”. Need I say more? I don’t think so.

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  • 1. arifabdull  |  June 15, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Mufti are an ordinary top post in government department, they only work to please their master. That all.

    I’m waiting “Muallaf” in cinema.

    TQ

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  • 2. bibiran  |  June 20, 2007 at 8:34 am

    i’ve posted this comment on another site but i’ll say it again…
    i think if those muftis or jakim are gonna bring up the issue of girls shouldnt be doing that only boys can do, they should address the issue of those long-haired male artist too and the full-body-contact entertainment magazine covers where the ladies pose in awkward positions with revealing outfits.

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  • 3. magicwizard  |  June 20, 2007 at 8:42 am

    bibiran, I have to agree with you but as we know very well enough, they used to target certain group of people to tell the world that they are doing their work. Observing the world’s well being according to Islamic Laws. There are indeed a lot of things that they overlook, but perhaps there are higher authority that listed out things they should not address within their scope of work. They are “just doing their work”! 😀

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  • 4. bibiran  |  June 20, 2007 at 8:56 am

    yup, just wanna show their bosses they are doing their work, making the necessary commotions. i’m sure it’ll die down once they find some other issues to nag about 🙂

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  • 5. Lolita  |  June 22, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Perhaps how the muftis said it was wrong and seen as a stupid act. But it is true that in Islam, a woman cannot have a bald hair, lest they resemble a man. It is based on the hadeeth where a man should not appear and act like a woman and vice versa. I suggest that you look into hadeeth books or find out more from Ibn Qayyim, Bin Bas and very very respected and reputable Ulamas and Muftis. Otherwise look up for Mufti Ebrahim Desai of South Africa to answer your questions. Having said that, i do agree that the majority of the muftis here in Malaysia sometimes overlook the more important issues. regards to all.

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  • 6. Joe  |  November 11, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Hey I don’t think she looks like a man. Can anyone honestly say she does? She doesn’t. Malaysian news is once again desperate for something to talk about. I agree with bibiran about Male Muslim artistes with long hair, I don’t think they look like women. Obviously no one else does either, since they aren’t under scrutiny. She also can’t be compared to the likes of Britney Spears, it’s a totally different context. Once again it’s “lest she resemble a man” I’m sorry she doesn’t resemble a man.

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