Afghanistan now strictly enforces a turban-searching rule at the presidential palace as a result of assassinations involving bombs hidden in turbans. Those killed on three separate occasions include, the head of Afganistan’s peace process, Kandahar’s senior cleric, and Kandahar’s mayor. These three killings took place over the short span of four months.
Most Afghan men are not satisfied with this new rule and find it deeply disturbing. Turbans have a special place in their religion, as well as a special place in the nation. The turbans are worn throughout the Muslim world because it is believed that the Prophet Muhammad wore one. Throughout Afghanistan there is a wide array of styles, colors, and materials to choose from, although, in terms of colors, most wear “subtle grays and charcoals, deep olive greens, lighter soft greens and browns.”
It is important to consider how the Afghans feel about those who are using the turbans to perpetuate violent acts. Many feel that the are trying to “defame the Afghan turbans and chase the Afghans from their ancient traditions and try to scare them into not wearing their turbans.” Some also feel that it is Americas fault. They argue that turban bombers and turban searches were never an issue until the Americans came around.
Although many seem very hostile towards the turban searches and turban bombers, others feel that “faith transcends costume.” They believe that even if you are not wearing a turban God will hear your prayers. They do however believe that it is “an honor to God to dress properly,” but God will accept your prayers regardless.
Are these turban searches justified considering the recent streak of assassinations? Is it America’s fault that these turban bombers have come into existence?
Source: The New York Times