The word ostentatious to me says all about my take on the garb religious preachers put on. Nothing puts me off more than that. The showy display of what they are. This includes a number of religions. I am not saying all religions are that. Some religions have a very humble attire of simple clothing like the Buddhist perhaps. Compare that against the garb worn by the Pope or the high order group of some sects of Christianity. I don’t want to judge anyone on what they wear. But what I’m saying is, that to me personally, some of those clothing just means they are overly show offish.
Let me talk about my faith. I am a Muslim and believe in the religion. I’m not overly religious though by some standards. I have my failings where I am not able to follow some aspects of what is preached. I have something against preachers obviously. I hardly can sit and listen to someone preaching. Of course I do read up on concepts that I have a curiosity about. I watch videos to answer my knowledge gap when I find myself questioning things. Even then, I will stay a mile away from pretentious preachers.
To me pretentious is quite largely aligned to their ridiculous garbs. The whole purpose of this post is to talk just a little bit about Mufti Menk. Just a little. Mostly it’s about my opinion of course, and to a large extent I want to show of my birth place.
I have allowed myself to watch only a tiny bit of his preaching. Mufti Menk has a very charismatic smile, luminous skin, recited the Quran beautifully, and his talks are interesting and humorous and down to earth. But his costume… is just ostentatious.
The great Mufti Menk was in my humble country last week, I hear. I have seen FB updates from friends back home quoting him on this and that – and good quotes really! I have nothing against his preaching – to be honest I have no idea what he preaches on. It’s just his ridiculous looking attire that puts me off.
Anyways, he posted on his FB page these two images that made me nostalgic. I’m yearning to see my country again.
And here is what he had to say about my birth city (Male’) and my country:
This is #Male from the air. The captial city of the #Maldives. It is an Island that is only 2.2 square miles and has a population of 130 000 making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The airport is a separate island and can be seen in the picture. The runway starts at one end of the island and ends at the other. The Maldives is made up of 1200 islands. Some of the most beautiful islands on earth. The Sun Island Resort and The Paradise Island Resort are just some examples of its jaw dropping beauty.
Oh! Here’s the ostentatious Mufti Menk, with all due respect 🙂