"The history of ties is obvious to Islam. What is a tie? It's the cross. The cross looks like this. Sharia orders to break it, to eliminate it."
On Wednesday, Mohammad Hashim Shaheed Wror, Taliban leader, spoke about the symbolism of the tie, in a speech transmitted by the Afghan media TOLOnews.
Video: Mohammad Hashim Shaheed Wror, General Director of the Invitation and Guidance Directorate (an independent body that determines religious policies within the interim govt), said that the necktie originated from the Christian cross and that it is “ordered in Shariah that you… pic.twitter.com/UMHesWX6TM- TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) July 26, 2023
The Taliban leader begins by listing the times when he sees people wearing ties, especially on television shows or in hospitals. But for him, tie and Christian cross are linked.
“The history of ties is obvious to Islam. What is a tie? It is the cross. The cross looks like this. pagans. It's a symbol of the martyrdom of Jesus. They say Jesus hung there."
Since taking power in 2021, the Taliban had so far only imposed dress restrictions on women. According to UN experts, they were the "priority targets" of the new regime in Kabul.