"the National Fatwa Committee had decided that celebrating festivals of other religions could erode the faith of Muslim and lead to blasphemy."
? ???? This is from the latest Ulamas chinwag conference.. (I had written an earlier post but somehow it kena deleted)..
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/15/nation/14545669&sec=nation is a follow up article with the responses to what they been saying.
I can understand the moral concerns they seem to have (to a point), and they claim they want to dispel the misconceptions of Islam.. I see.. by saying that going to another non-Muslim's house to feast and all that is against the religion? Doesnt that reek of intolerance, and just plain silly? Open houses etc don't have the religious ceremonies really. It's just feasting (which all religions and cultures seem to love u know..) and a bunch of folks just hanging out. what's the big? Free mingling of the sexes? a perceived notion that other religions trying to convert Muslims? Dunnolah… IF u dont like, dont go lah.. simple as that what..
I couldnt find the original article online but Im sure you could find it 🙂 Makes for interesting reading and the occasional head shaking perhaps…