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MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier JAKARTA - For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Now the gentlemen - women are not supposed to make this kind of important decisions - have changed their mind and say that Valentine's Day is a day on which people are allowed to meet each other. This is seen as silaturahmi, which makes Valentine's Day from haram into halal all of a sudden. Of course things should be kept 'Islamic' when meeting people of the other sex.

Earlier this week, the MUI said that this one romantic day of the year was outlawed by Islam. It was not part of Islamic culture. Valentine's Day is said to be related to Christianity and celebrating it could thus mean that the religion was able to spread. With such a distorted view on things you miss out on plenty of things from the real Indonesian culture as Islamic wise-ass.

In a culturally diverse country as Indonesia, it is not such a miracle that most people can't care less about what MUI has to say. Earlier they also came up with other Islamic regulations that are just impossible. Ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers were not allowed to taxi passengers of the other sex any more and the use of hair extensions was also not allowed according to their interpretation of Islam.

On Twitter and Facebook, people gave a strong negative signal about yet another stupid idea from this Club of Nitwits. Sending Valentine's Cards would give a clear signal. It is now known whether such an action has materialised though. It's simply sad to see that some people see the urge to keep themselves busy with such idiocies.


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Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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