When I was walking through a residential area of Jakarta, I found a man sitting on the side of the road. The man was cheerful and smiling at the foreigners who suddenly appeared. Pointing my camera at him, he gave me a wonderful smile. On top of his head was a cap called a Taqiyah.
In Japan, caps have a vague image of being something that fashionable people wear, but in other countries, there are caps that have an unexpectedly strong connection to religion. His Taqiyah was one of them.
Taqiyahs are worn by Muslim men and are widely seen in the Islamic world. Some are pure white, some are colored, some have beautiful embroidery, and there seems to be no specific shape or color. What this man was wearing was a mesh Taqiyah.
Many Muslim countries are hot. Indonesia is also a hot country. Besides, this country was humid at the same time. In such a country, it would be cooler if the Taqiyah was also made of mesh.
The taqiyah (Arabic: طاقية, ALA-LC: ṭāqīyah) or araqchin (Persian: عرقچین), is a short, rounded skullcap. They are often worn for religious purposes; for example, Muslims believe that the Islamic prophet Muhammad used to keep his head covered, therefore making it mustahabb (i.e., it is commendable to cover the head in order to emulate him). Muslim men often wear them during the five daily prayers.
August 18, 2020
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