Muslim body slates 'excessive' Christmas

2010-12-23 13:01

Jakarta - Indonesia's top Islamic body said on Thursday that Christmas decorations in malls, amusement centres and public places were "excessive and provocative" in the Muslim-majority country.

Christmas ornamentation had been put up in an "excessive and provocative way", said Muhyidin Junaedi, one of the chairpersons of the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI).

"It should be done in a proportional manner as Muslims are the majority here, otherwise it will hurt their feelings," he said.

He said that the MUI issued a recommendation urging mall and recreation centre managers to act proportionally in decorating their premises.

"We received complaints from a number of malls' employees who are forced to wear Santa Claus costumes which are against their faith. Such things should not have happened," he said.

"We need to restrain Muslims from joining the festivities," Junaedi added.

He said that the body had no plan to turn the recommendation, made on Tuesday, into an Islamic edict.

Nearly 90% of Indonesia's 234 million people are Muslim, most of whom practise a moderate version of the religion.

  • schjus008 - 2010-12-23 13:11

    ho ho ho Mery .....mas! Well if muslim states want to control relions with in their boards, then western (Christian) Countries should be allowed the same! SO lets decorate our Countries on their behalf!!

  • spindoc007 - 2010-12-23 13:17

    ..Ok..well how about removing the Haalal meet from the woolworths stores over Christmas is "excessive and provocative" in this Christian-majority country.

      frank.reidrobertson - 2011-12-15 00:57

      yeah i am sick of buying something and it is halaaal...........

      Fidel - 2011-12-15 01:08

      How do you know if the majority of this country is christian, Have you looked at the country's constitution regarding religion?

  • Zee - 2010-12-23 13:22

    This guy is no different to the Jewish guy in Nazereth wanting no Christmas decorations around. As a Muslim he should no better! For goodness sake practise your own religion but for the love of all that is good be respectful of others' too! Honestly, there is so little tolerance in the world today :(

      Jimmy - 2010-12-24 15:19

      Unfortunately this attitude is more prevalent in Muslim countries. Please call on Muslims to stand against it as you are doing.

  • francoisdreyer - 2010-12-23 14:29

    What has wearing a Santa Claus costume have to do with faith or religion anyway? Santa Claus is not part of the Christian faith so he will have to address the Santa Claustians about pushing their faith down the throats of the masses

  • Sparxi - 2010-12-23 14:42

    Uhm, everyone, please just calm the @@@@ down. Since when is wearing a santa claus suit or the concept of father christmas a Christian thing?

  • infidel - 2010-12-23 14:48

    Feelings is mutual, I find muslim views and their islam backed terrorists very offensive. Why is it that muslims are never tolerent with other religions in their countries, but come to our Christian countries and openly preach their hatred and enjoy our freedom of expression.

      Zee - 2010-12-23 15:45

      I am a Muslim and I strongly disagree with this man's statement. Our religion is one of tolerance and respect, and these buffoons are doing nothing but pushing their own agendas under the guise of doing it in the name of religion. It's disgusting - BUT the same thing happened in Israel today and I sincerely hope you dropped a comment there too!

  • Rajty - 2010-12-24 14:21

    I think the point is being missed here- and it has little to do with religion but rather News24's insistent need to seek tensions between muslims and other religions....and I don't mean in Jakarta fellow Saffers. The entire Xmas issue is commercially driven- it has little to do with Jesus or his teachings.

      Jimmy - 2010-12-24 15:23

      Muslims are far more guilty and the so called moderate Muslims try to defend them every time instead of standing against them. When will a bible be allowed into Saudi Arabia?

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