Christmas sweaters are now haram (forbidden) in Indonesian

ICC note:

An Islamic Indonesian organization has issued a fatwa against Christmas decorations and attire, saying that it is forbidden to wear or use Christmas themed items. A Muslim leader said, “For this reason, using non-Islamic accessories is against the law, as is asking Muslims to sport them.” The concern regarding this fatwa is not for Muslims who choose not to use Christmas themed clothes or decorations, but for Christians or non-Muslims who may choose to celebrate Christmas with these things. There is an increasingly emboldened radical Islamic sub-group that is applying public pressure to adhere to conservative Islamic law. On December 15th, a group from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) stormed and threatened a car dealership which had asked its employees to wear Christmas themed outfits. Fatwa’s like this may be used as a reason to attack or discriminate against non-Muslims during Christmas. Indonesia has already mobilized 155,000 security personnel to help protect Christians during Christmas.

12/16/2016 Indonesia (Asia News) – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) yesterday issued a fatwa banning non-Muslim attire and accessories at Christmas time.

Ruling no 56/2016 states that it is haram (forbidden) to use non-Islamic items. Dressing up as Santa Claus or sporting Christmas-themed gadgets are absolutely prohibited.

“Religious images and accessories are used intentionally to show the identity of a certain religion, and represent that tradition and rites,” said Hasanuddin, head of the committee that drafted the fatwa. “For this reason, using non-Islamic accessories is against the law, as is asking Muslims to sport them.”

The Islamic leader added that the fatwa was issued in response to the increasingly Christmassy atmosphere that is spreading all over Indonesia.

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