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Perlis Mufti Suggests Renaming Local Bon Fest To Deter Conflict & Distinguish It From Muslim Faith

today10 June 2022


source: Malay Mail

Earlier today, Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin published a Facebook postΒ expressing his belief that tweaking the name of the Bon Odori festival, on a local scale, could help curb confusion and conflict over the religious nature behind the celebration.

In his post, he clarified that its true origins, as a traditional Japanese form of commemoration towards ancestors, could encourage syirik (polytheism) and khurafat (superstition) among local Muslims.

source: Facebook

β€œThe event can simply be rechristened, or given an additional name to explain its background. For example, it could be explicitly branded as a Japanese cultural festival.

β€œThis step will allow the event to proceed while also diminishing critique and worry, ” he explained.

In the same post, Asri also urged festival’s organising committee to guarantee that there will be no religious aspects present at the official event.

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Written by: Lara Lee

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