SONGKOK - MALAY MEN OUTFIT

SONGKOK
(THE TRADITIONAL MALAY MEN'S OUTFIT)

The songkok is a cap widely worn in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, mostly among muslim males. It is called "songkok" in the Ethnic malay cultural sphere in Malay peninsula, Sumathra, and coastal Borneo.



It has the shape of a truncated cone, usually made of black or embroidered, cotton or velvet. It is also worn by males in formal situations such as wedding feasts, funerals or festive occasions such as the Muslim Eid ul fither and Eid Ad Adha .Songkok came to be associated with Islam in Malaysia, while in Indonesia the epeci is also associated with the nationalist secular movement.

The origin of the songkok can be traced to the fez, which was adopted by the Ottomans in 1830 and subsequently spread to South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
During the ottoman empire ruling some parts of Africa too use to wore songkok
. While the traditional triangular Malay headdress of Tanjak or destar is associated with traditional Malay nobles and royalties, songkok on the other hand has become part of traditional Malay men's outfit. Associated with Islam, traditionally worn by local Ulamas

The Malay Regiment has been using the songkok as part of their uniform since under British rule.

Our elders made the "Songkok with a large "Batik" scarf that was shaped into a "Songkok" with "newspaper" or cardboard to make it stiff and to shape it like a "Songkok". Paper clips or safety pins were used to keep the construction together. They called it "SETANGAN KEPALA".

The act of covering the head for men is based on the Sunnah of the Prophet know the following argument:

According to Imam As-Suyuti summarized from the book "Al-Hawi" it (2: 111-112): Based on the evidence, the Prophet Muhammad was wearing a white skullcap and likewise Anas bin Malik RA.

Also matched that in the event of a turban or skullcap does not exist, the Prophet would not have let his head exposed so only noble, but he would cover them up to the forehead.

Based on the above facts are also required to wear a songkok because there is no conflict with Islamic law and it is the concept of headgear such as a turban and fez. It is the culture of the local community in which they serve and when to wear a skull cap celebrate the days when the greatness of Islam.


Article presented by: Shaarban Packeerally


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