Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah

the empire strikes back…

i found this piece somewhat amusing…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, April 30, 2007

I recently came across this old BBC.com article and found it somewhat amusing. I think the reader will come away with a few different reactions from reading this. First, I believe that this article is much more than an analysis of fashion trends in Iran or Iranian cultural values. Rather, this article does – in it’s own subtle way – highlight some of the contradictions of the ’79 Revolution.


Allow me to preface all of this by saying that – I am no fan of revolutions. Whether one is discussing the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), The Cultural Revolution (1966-76), The Iranian Revolution (1979), or The Orange Revolution (2004) — I simply don’t trust ’em! Rightly or wrongly revolutions always seem to begin with a tremendous amount of passion and fervor – only to end up becoming an irrelevant crusade in a world of dynamic growth and change. I’m thinking, for example, about the cliched use of the red t-shirt with the Che Guevarra face on it. Cultural elites (actors, athletes, musicians, etc) have helped to turn Guevarra’s image into one of the most widely recognized faces on the planet. All this in a weak attempt to seem hip…fashion conscious…or urban-chic perhaps.

Instead of that image…why not show this one of Guevarra shortly after his capture by Bolivian military forces. Not long after this picture was taken Guevarra was executed. How’s that for a t-shirt image…




In brief…revolutions are dumb…real dumb. People who make a profit out of the misery and carnage of revolutions are dumb. People who wear the t-shirts of iconic revolutionary figures are dumb. I am dumb….

Finally, with all of the rampant shirk and kufr the Iranian Revolution has brought us — Are they really that worried about ties?


Why don’t Iranians wear ties?

The Magazine answers…


The male British captives freed by Iran were pictured in government-issued suits and, like President Ahmadinejad, sported open neck shirts. Does no one in Iran wear a tie? (BBC) Even if without the smiles and waves, the sight of the 15 British sailors and marines released by Iran would have been notable for one thing: their attire.

With the exception of Faye Turney, the only woman to be held, the others sported near identical suits, in sober tones of grey and blue.

The outfits were provided by the Iranian authorities and are identical to suits worn by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranians, however, are prohibited from wearing ties in Iran because they contribute to the spreading of western culture, according to the website of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khameini.


The practice stems from the 1979 Islamic revolution when the monarchy was overthrown and a unique Islamic republic was declared, in which religious clerics – headed by Ayatollah Khomeini – wielded ultimate political control.

Neckties – and bowties – were said to be decadent, un-Islamic and viewed as “symbols of the Cross” and the oppressive West.

Iranians were told to wear “standard Islamic garments” designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing. Nowadays ties are still frowned on as “the influence of westernisation” on the way Iranians, especially young people, dress.

Ties are “highly politicised clothing” in Iran, says the BBC’s correspondent in Tehran, Frances Harrison.

Nearly all men – particularly government workers – do not wear ties. Because they are not clerics their usual dress consists of suit or trousers and long-sleeved shirts with collars, as championed by President Ahmadinejad.

But while ties are said to be prohibited by the country’s supreme leader, some men wear them very occasionally, says Dr Andrew Newman, senior lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


Many Westerners who visit Iran also continue to wear ties.

“It depends on the occasion but if I am attending something official in Iran I usually wear a tie,” says Dr Newman.

“No one has ever said anything to me about it. Iranians understand that if I am wearing it at a function it is a sign of respect.”


While dress codes are strict in Iran, the suit and open-necked shirt worn by President Ahmadinejad is to stress openness and approachability, says Dr Newman. “He is a lay person and not a cleric, so wears a suit to show informality,” he says.

The president’s attire has become something of a talking point. At the height of his popularity, his trademark fawn-coloured windcheater – known to some as the Ahmadinejacket – spawned many a mini-trend, with entrepreneurs ordering copies of the garment from China to meet the demand from his supporters.

Whether his love of the open-necked shirt can be credited with starting the recent smart-casual tie-less revolution among some politicians and office workers in the UK is less certain.

**Updated thoughts:    Ahmadinejad is an idiot.  The guy will walk around in a tailored suit and leather shoes…but won’t wear a tie.  He must think that everyday is “casual Friday.”  That’s just retarded.  Apparently the suit is OK…but the tie is Haraam.  Whatever.  This from a guy who only irritates the United States in order to work with them.  Ahmadinejad, despite what many Westerners think, does not represent Muslims (or Islam for that matter) and is only the newest manifestation of Iranian cultural chauvinism.  


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