Discussion in 'Comparative Studies' started by Arif Ghamiq, Apr 8, 2018.
Do you wear Religious clothing?
If you do or do not explain why:
I look forward to responses... I do not, there is not religious clothing for lay Christians... and even most denominations the preachers have none.
I wore a Kufi (a cap traditionally worn by Muslims) and Dhikr Beads (sort of like prayer beads) for many years.
They were an expression of my faith and I never left the house without them. I wore them for many years, and had several types, but I eventually got to a point where I just wasn't feeling like wearing them any more, and I'm really not sure why, so I haven't for years now.
No religious clothing exactly, just a gold cross around my neck and a thin cord tied around my waist. The cross as a symbol of Christianity and the cord for health and wellbeing. That was given to me by a Hindu Pandit from my wife's country who had prayed on my behalf when I was ill.
Are either required (by some sects)? And if required will any head covering do?
The covering of the head by men is not considered a requirement by most all Muslim Scholars, but highly recommended - especially during Salah (the daily ritual prayer) and at Jumu'ah (Friday services obligatory for adult Muslim men).
There are a couple of sayings (often quoted by the Shi'a) of the Prophet Muhammad (saww) where he encourages the wearing of the turban, but still few would say it's required.
Dhikr beads are not required and I've never read anything about them even being recommended.
I do not wear religious clothes. Wore a crucifix while growing up, but not for 15+ years now.
I don't. It's not really necessary for me to be identified by what I wear. It enables prejudice.
There were many Muslim Women who stopped wearing Hijab after 911 for that very reason - many did not.
Not long after 911 the FBI came to our Masjid on Friday and spoke to the Community after Jumu'ah services - there were two of them. They advised the Sisters to not wear Hijab, at least for a little while, out in public - except at the Masjid, School and so forth. This suggestion upset many in the Community, yet there were several Sisters who stopped, temporarily, wearing Hijab in public - some permenantly.
I'm not sure why I stopped wearing the Kufi & beads, but I know it wasn't because of enabling prejudice.
I'm curious - what prejudice in particular are you trying not to enable? Or do you just mean it generally?
Prejudice in general, such as the example you gave.
He had an atheistic bumper sticker.... http://www.citypages.com/news/if-yo...christians-vandalize-atheists-truck/419614483
I used to wear a necklace with a pendant in the form of the Christian fish symbol as an adolescent. I stopped wearing it when I did not identify as a Christian any more.
I have little bit of ceremonial gear for ceremonial use: robes and a ring. Not worn in public.
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