Profile image
By Worthy Christian News (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Indonesia: Christmas and New Year are 'haram'

Monday, December 30, 2013 19:59
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

indonesiaJAKARTA, INDONESIA (Worthy News)– The Ulema Advisory Council of Banda Aceh has instructed its Muslim community not to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s.

Instead, the Council wants Aceh’s authorities to strictly enforce Islamic law by severely punishing anyone who violates it; for example, Christian ceremonies must not disturb or cause problems for Muslims at work, at home or even when they are staying in hotels, which are already prohibited from holding holiday celebrations, according to AsiaNews.

Just days before the holidays, the Council’s leaders issued a statement that seasonal celebrations don’t belong to the Islamic tradition, but are typical of Western and Roman cultures and therefore should not be celebrated by Muslims.

In year’s past, Indonesians have rung in the New Year with dancing, drums and fireworks, but the head of the Ulama Consultative Council, Tengku Karih Syeik, has proclaimed that this activity isn’t in the spirit of Islam.

In a statement to his fellow Muslims, Syeikh said they should not send greetings and “best wishes” to Christians because “Christmas is not an integral part of the Islamic tradition.” According to sharia, it is haram (forbidden), therefore Muslims must refrain from going to parties, celebrations or other festivities over the coming days.

Although Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, Aceh is the only province where sharia is strictly enforced; Catholics represent about seven million, or 3 percent of the Indonesian population, but though the country’s constitution recognizes religious freedom, they and other Christians have often been the victims of violence.



Source: http://www.worthynews.com/12704-indonesia-christmas-and-new-year-are-haram

We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

Loading...

Top Global

Top Alternative

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.