A gentleman told me that wearing Saudi thobe maybe illegal for expatriates. The funny thing is that this guy has lived here for 30 years.
I told him that there is no such thing and that I have been wearing thobe since I was 2 years old AND have often even gone to government offices wearing it. AND, in fact, have been appreciated for respecting the official clothing of the land!!
He said this : Well..what scares me is when someone speaks to me in Arabic and I am wearing Saudi clothes..and I reply in broken Arabic..it will be embarrassing. COMPLEX!
I had this to say: Do you not feel embarrassed when so many millions of Asians speak lousy, broken and even hilarious English wearing suits and western clothing? No reply.
You see..I do not get this!
We have a serious issue about the language of our Holy book..the clothing of our own lands and respect for our traditions and brothers. Yet,we shamelessly ape western styles of living and dressing.. in a lousy way to be honest. My sincere apologies to the people of the West..we have mocked your language and clothing long enough dudes…
It is not about good and bad. All cultures and clothing are nice..interesting and even beautiful.
I am writing this blog in an effort to counter this stupid perception and complex about Saudi clothing and language. Asian/other expatriates have nurtured baseless and idiotic views in their minds and hearts thus giving birth to the Saudi Complex! Ridiculous!
Saudis, on the other hand , have no such complex. If in Pakistan, they will wear Pakistani without a thought and love it..And, they will appreciate you wearing their clothing while helping you with their dialect of Arabic.. if they see you have interest in it.
They will wonder what hit your head in childhood if they see and understand the complex you hide in your silly little mind!
Instead of being embarrassed..learn, appreciate, honor and share.. No..there is no law in Saudi Arabia that says an expatriate should not wear Saudi clothing….DUH!!
Enjoy your weekend..