Sunday, March 25, 2012

Will God listen to you if you wear normal clothes?

Syed Akbar Ali’s piece “no money no religion” today dug out the same questions I have been asking for a long time but without getting good answers.

Why do religious folks wear strange clothes?

I personally don’t think God cares what clothes you wear. But why do religious folks across all religions wear strange clothes? As Syed says “they dress funny, usually wearing ladies clothes like robes, some form of headgear, plus other facial appearances to make them look more "religious" or "holier than thou". Is it to impress their audience?

I wonder. By wearing strange clothes, will their minds be clearer so that they can communicate with God better? By wearing strange clothes, they become more disciplined? What really are the benefits of wearing strange clothes? Why does it always have to be a robe? And why do they always have to wear funny headgears? And why don’t most of them get a proper haircut?.

Why can’t these religious fellows wear normal clothes? Will God be offended if an imam or a priest wear jeans and tshirt while conducting a sermon? Will God be offended if they prayed wearing a suit and a tie? Will God be offended if they wore a “Harimau Malaya” cap instead of a serban?

Despite asking around for many years, I have not gotten a good answer. Untill someone gives me a good answer, I will just assume that they are simply out to awe and impress their followers.

Monyet King says
1. The last photo above is a witch doctor in Zimbabwe. Note the similarities with all the other photos.

2. Will God be offended if religious leaders dressed like this


Verus said...

MK, I do believe they (religious leader) wanted to differentiate themselves with those of politician :P ..and wearing those fancy clothing do gave them extra-charisma instead of wearing jeans and tshirt..

Nass said...

Ia, pendapat saya sama juga dengan Verus Said. Dan adakalanya pakaian itu ada lah pakaian tradisi mereka. Contoh Arab.

Antares said...

These fakirs (fakers? fuckers?) are just monkey-see-monkey-do types. In very ancient times, tribal shamans would dress in ritual costumes (usually animal skins and feathers) to indicate that when on the job they were no longer ordinary humans but oracles for beings from subtler realms - deities, ancestral spirits, whatever. Some wore masks, others spoke in tongues and performed ritual dances. After a while, shamans began to compete amongst themselves for the goodies and many became rogues. That was when traditional priesthoods were introduced, along with religious doctrines and academies wherein the young could be schooled and certified according to accepted rules and regulations, to be determined by religious councils. Same old hocus-pocus - but a better class of tailoring.

Monyet King said...

LOL. Differentiating themselves from politicians won't be that difficult.

Monyet King said...

Nama dia Verus, bukan Verus Said.

Monyet King said...

You nailed it when you said "same old hocus-pocus - but a better class of tailoring"

A. Ali said...

Garment of God-fearing is better.

Quran 7:26 Children of Adam! We have sent down on you a garment to cover your shameful parts, and feathers; and the garment of godfearing -- that is better; that is one of God's signs; haply they will remember.

Anonymous said...

Same reason why clowns dress funny. U can still laugh even if their jokes are dull & dumb !

Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

Adam and Eve (Adam/Hawa) were nude when God spoke to them directly.

Therefore, best to be naked in front of God.

Snuze said...

If you go to Iran, you cannot differentiate between the mullah and the Christian priests. The dress exactly the same: black robes, black turban. You can only differentiate them when they enter either the mosque or the church.