Right now, it’s football jerseys…
“Semua mengetahui hukum ini dengan jelas, ia adalah haram dan jangan beri alasan untuk menghalalkan perkara tersebut. Dalam hal ini, Islam tidak ada kompromi sama ada ia dibuat atas nama hiburan, fesyen mahupun sukan.”
Soon after the recent World Cup, Johor Islamic Council adviser Datuk Nooh Gadot cautioned Muslims against wearing the jerseys of teams or countries where the symbol of the cross was part of the team or country’s logo or crest. He said to do so would be to glorify the symbols of other religions. Such jerseys would include those of Brazil, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Barcelona. Nooh also included Manchester United jerseys on the list, as the club’s logo had the image of a red devil.
Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria agreed with Nooh, whose comments have made world headlines. Syariah lawyer Mohd Hamidullah Che Hassan said Nooh’s advice, if not followed, was not sinful, but Muslims were still discouraged from wearing such jerseys. Later, Harussani said a fatwa against wearing the jerseys was not necessary. (Source: Haram pakai jersi lambang salib, Kosmo!, 18 July 2010)
Before, it was crosses and religious statues at mission schools…
“I feel disappointed that in an Islamic country, Malaysia, if I go to a convent school, the statue of St Mary is displayed in the front of the school.”
“Not only statues, but fellow Yang Berhormat, go and see for yourselves, Christian crosses are displayed in front of schools. I do not understand the Ministry of Education, did the officers not see that, or is it our policy to allow such a thing? Nevertheless, I, as a responsible person to my religion, race, and country, I state my views that these statues need to be demolished, these crosses need to be destroyed and church influences in these schools need to be stopped.”
Parit Sulong Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Hood Syed Edros, speaking in the Dewan Rakyat on 29 Oct 2007 about the complaints of parents against mission schools. His comments in Bahasa Malaysia are recorded in the Parliament Hansard on page 143. Later, Syed Hood said he personally did not have an issue with crosses displayed in mission schools; he was merely raising a public complaint.
Then Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar gave an assurance that such symbols in mission schools would not be removed to respect the schools’ tradition. No action was taken against Syed Hood or Sri Gading MP Datuk Seri Mohamad Aziz, who had agreed with him. (Source: Demolish Statues, Destroy Crosses in Missionary Schools, says Umno MP Parit Sulong, The Star Citizen’s Blog, 2 Dec 2007)
… and ice-cream biscuits.
“Dalam keadaan sekarang ini dimana isu murtad dan agama menjadi perbualan hangat , isu seperti ini dilihat berupaya mengeruhkan keadaan semasa dan mengganggu ketenteraman awam …
“Perkara yang sama iaitu penggunaan lambang salib telah dikesan digunakan pada batang kayu aiskrim Paddle Pop keluaran Walls pada kira-kira [dua] tahun yang lepas. Sekiranya mereka ingin mempromosikan dan menjual produk tersebut, lambang berupa salib itu harus dibuang daripada produk tersebut.”
A press statement by the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) about a police report it lodged on 10 Nov 2006 over the symbol of a cross on the Wall’s Moo Ice Cream biscuit. PPIM said the ice-cream maker, Unilever (M) Holding Sdn Bhd, had to explain why it used the cross symbol, and warned the company to respect the rights of Muslim consumers.
PPIM also wanted the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and those responsible for halal certification to ensure that other products were not similarly tainted. (Source: Laporan Polis Berhubung Aiskrim Wall’s Moo, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia, November 2006)
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