Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween is Not Welcomed in Malaysia

Valentine’s Day is haram. Yoga is haram. Oktoberfest is haram. Dogs are haram. And now Halloween is haram. The list of prohibitions just got longer.

The National Fatwa Council has declared that Halloween is “haram” and as such Muslims in the country are forbidden from participating in this celebration in any way on October 31.
According to its Facebook posting, the council stated that Halloween was a Christian event that honored the dead and that if Muslims wanted to do the same, Islam suggested reciting “doa” (prayers) instead.
The edict was issued in reaction to a complaint lodged last week by Muslim residents in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan against a private international school there that put up a banner inviting students (including Muslims), to attend a Halloween bash it was organizing. The invitation caused a great furore among some Muslim groups as well including ISMA who demanded the state religious council put a stop to the event.
For a start, these Muslims should learn to get their facts right. Halloween is not even remotely Christian – it is a pagan ritual. For your info, there are also Christians who are also dead against Halloween.
Anyway, these clerics think they are being righteous but they are just party poopers. Spoilsports. Killjoys. They have expeditiously decided that "trick or treat" is unIslamic.
On Tuesday, I attended the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting and I was one of only two speakers. My evaluator was Lim Thian Seng and I delivered CC speech #8 titled “Masks”. Another good speech, if I may say so. The meeting was a little on the quiet side but at least, I enjoyed the speeches (including mine!). I would score this meeting a 6.5 over 10.


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