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For Indonesian Ulema, Christmas and New Year are "haram" and should not be celebrated
The leaders of the Islamic movement in Banda Aceh rail against the upcoming holidays, which are typical of "Western and Roman culture." Their nature "does not belong to the spirit of Islam." They also issue warnings to Christians, who must "respect" sharia, and hotels, which must not organise celebrations or balls.
Central Java: fatwa against Catholic schools, "forbidden" to Muslims
In a "controversial" statement, the local Ulema Council in Tegal said that such schools are haram, "morally unsound." Politics and local authorities have fuelled the controversy for electoral advantage. However, the families of Muslim students have defended the schools, claiming the right to free choice in matters of education.
West Borneo: festivities for Year of Dragon amid Islamic threats
Up to a million people took to the streets of Singkawan, to attend celebrations for the Cap Go Meh. In recent days, extremist leaders have shouted slogans against the party, branded as "anti-Islamic". Authorities and police have monitored security, no major accident or collision.
Celebrations for the Year of the Rooster begin
The lunar New Year is the most important Chinese celebration at home and among overseas communities.
Indonesian Ulema: Lady Gaga is "haram," forbidden, no to concert. Fans in revolt
Radwan Khalil, a member of the MUI said that the singer is a "threat" to morality and the concert is "haram". She is "too sexy" and could lead to carnal desires. Thousands of fans against the words of Muslim leader. Ironic comment by a leader of the liberal movement: it is "forbidden" to attend without a ticket.
Aerobics contrary to Islam, promotes lust, Sumatra Islamic leader says
Ulema chief in Palembang says exercises and garments worn by women are haram. Clothing is too provocative and leads men astray. Women respond saying the Ulema organisation lacks arguments when it tries to address the “problems raised in modern society.”
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