Guidelines for Celebrating Festivals

I came across what I find an interesting read. Link was on a friend’s wall. Now since this is a personal blog, and not one that has limits and whatnot. I don’t think it’s too controversial for me to blog about religion and stuff. And with Chinese New Year happening next week, I thought I’d share.
Guidelines For Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals Of Non-Muslims.
The 68th muzakarah of the National Fatwa Committee for Islamic Religious Affairs on April 12, 2005 discussed the Guidelines For Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals Of Non-Muslims. The muzakarah has decided that:

In determining the non-Muslim celebrations that can be attended by Muslims, several main criteria should serve as guidelines so as not to contradict the teachings of Islam. The criteria are as follows:

  1. The event is not accompanied by ceremonies that are against the Islamic faith (aqidah).

The meaning of “against the Islamic faith (aqidah)” is a thing, act, word or situation which if conducted will lead to tarnishing the faith (aqidah) of Muslims.

For example:

  1. to include religious symbols such as the cross, installing lights, candles, Christmas tree and so forth;
  2. to sing religious songs;
  3. to put any religious markings on the forehead, or other markings onto parts of the body;
  4. to deliver speech or gestures in the form of a praise to the non-Muslim religion;
  5. to bow or conduct acts of honour to the religious ceremony of non-Muslims.
  1. The event is not accompanied by acts against the Islamic law.
The meaning of “against the Islamic law” is a thing, act, word or situation which if conducted will contradict the Islamic teachings practised by the Muslim community.

For example:

  1. Wearing red costumes like Santa Claus or other garments that reflect religion;
  2. Serving intoxicating food or beverages and the likes;
  3. Having sounds or ornaments like church bells, Christmas tree, temple or breaking of coconuts;
  4. Having ceremonies with elements of gaming, worship, cult, superstitions and the likes.
  1. The event is not accompanied by “acts that contradict with moral and cultural development of Muslim society” in this country.
The meaning of “acts that contradict with moral and cultural development of Muslim society”is a thing, act, word or situation which if conducted will contradict the values and norms of the Muslim society of this country which adheres to the Islamic teachings based on Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaah.
For example:
  1. Mixing freely without any limit or manners;
  2. Wearing conspicuous clothing;
  3. Singing songs that contain lyrics of obscenity and worship;
  4. Organising programmes such as beauty pageants, cock fighting and such.
  1. The event is not accompanied by acts that can “stir the sensitivity of Muslim community”.
The meaning of “stir the sensitivity of Muslim community” is a thing, act, word or situation which if conducted will offend the feelings of Muslims about their beliefs and practices.
For Example:
  1. Speeches or songs in the form of non-Muslim religious propaganda;
  2. Speeches that insult the Muslims;
  3. Speeches that insult Islam;
  4. Presentations with the aim to ridicule the religious belief of Muslims.
  1. The organisers and the public are asked to get the views of religious authorities before organising or attending celebrations of non-Muslims.

I have not edited one word of it. Original piece can be viewed on by clicking on THIS link.
I don’t want to go into SO much detail of what I feel about the article, but am I the only one that thought OMGosh. Isn’t that as good as saying “You’re not allowed to celebrate any Non-Muslim festivals?”
What happened to the concept of OneMalaysia? Living in this country, isn’t everyone forced to hear the Azan every morning when they play it SO loud from the mosques? I don’t know how lucky you are, but I live near enough to one and it’s like an annoying 6am alarm. But non-muslims don’t get a say in it. We don’t get to complain that it upsets our Gods that we’re listening to prayers of some other religion. Is it me, or is this OneMalaysia concept really not working? How can the government expect the people to play along with it, when they aren’t starting by setting a good example.
I long to live in a world where people do more than just preach equality. But then again, I think that’s hoping for a little too much.

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