At about the time bombs were going off in London, bulldozers were demolishing sacred historic sites in Mecca and, in Delhi, and a group of women was demonstrating against an “inhuman” fatwa ordering a rape victim to renounce her husband. Three seemingly unconnected violent acts. But they weave a thread highlighting a question we Muslims just cannot ignore: Why have we made Islam so violent?
Within hours of the London atrocity, Muslim groups throughout Britain condemned the bombing, declaring in unequivocal terms that such acts had nothing to do with Islam. “Religious precepts,” declared the Muslim Council of Britain, “cannot be used to justify such crimes, which are completely contrary to our teaching and practice.” The eminently sensible Imam Abdul Jalil Sajid, chairman of the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony U.K., announced: “No school of Islam allows the targeting of civilians or the killing of innocents. Indiscrimi…
"Queen Victoria chose white not because it symbolized purity, but because she wanted to show her people that she would run the country in an economical way. White was a much less expensive color to make than the colors typically popular for wedding dresses at the time (red, black, and purple). Plus, it gave her the option of using some lace that she already owned, rather than having something specially made.
So basically, the white dress was originally a political move."
This shows how practical people were about weddings back then. Unlike now, you see telecasts of celebrities getting married lavishly. Datuk Muszaphar, the Naza girl, Dato' Siti Nurhaliza...and the likes.
I don't see telecasts of Western celebrity marriages. In fact, they have it privately with the close families.
However, it is different with our local culture. We are so used to gotong-royong that we need to include all the community in it, well, now that we have caterings and all those bridal agenc…