The 68th muzakarah of the National Fatwa Committee for Islamic Religious Affairs on April 12, 2005 discussed the Guidelines For Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals Of Non-Muslims. The muzakarah has decided that:
In determining the non-Muslim celebrations that can be attended by Muslims, several main criteria should serve as guidelines so as not to contradict the teachings of Islam. The criteria are as follows:
- The event is not accompanied by ceremonies that are against the Islamic faith (aqidah).
The meaning of “against the Islamic faith (aqidah)” is a thing, act, word or situation which if conducted will lead to tarnishing the faith (aqidah) of Muslims.
- to include religious symbols such as the cross, installing lights, candles, Christmas tree and so forth;
- to sing religious songs;
- to put any religious markings on the forehead, or other markings onto parts of the body;
- to deliver speech or gestures in the form of a praise to the non-Muslim religion;
- to bow or conduct acts of honour to the religious ceremony of non-Muslims.
- The event is not accompanied by acts against the Islamic law.
- Wearing red costumes like Santa Claus or other garments that reflect religion;
- Serving intoxicating food or beverages and the likes;
- Having sounds or ornaments like church bells, Christmas tree, temple or breaking of coconuts;
- Having ceremonies with elements of gaming, worship, cult, superstitions and the likes.
- The event is not accompanied by “acts that contradict with moral and cultural development of Muslim society” in this country.
- Mixing freely without any limit or manners;
- Wearing conspicuous clothing;
- Singing songs that contain lyrics of obscenity and worship;
- Organising programmes such as beauty pageants, cock fighting and such.
- The event is not accompanied by acts that can “stir the sensitivity of Muslim community”.
- Speeches or songs in the form of non-Muslim religious propaganda;
- Speeches that insult the Muslims;
- Speeches that insult Islam;
- Presentations with the aim to ridicule the religious belief of Muslims.
- The organisers and the public are asked to get the views of religious authorities before organising or attending celebrations of non-Muslims.