Saturday, December 22, 2012

Avoid wishing ‘Merry Xmas,’ insist Indonesian conservative Muslims


If the world is ready for Christmas with just five days to go before the 25th, Indonesia is yet to decide if they will be a part of the celebration.

Until now, Islamic conservatives are indecisive over whether or not celebrating Christmas the country is “Haram” or “Halal” (whether it’s prohibited or permitted by Islam), reported an Indonesian news site.

Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body said on Wednesday that it is best for Muslims to avoid saying greetings such as “Merry Christmas” to others.

“It’s better if they don’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’” said Council Chairman Ma’ruf Amin who was quoted as saying by Jakarta Globe, “It’s still up for debate whether it’s halal or haram, so better steer clear of it. But you can say ‘Happy New Year.”

Al Arabiya News

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