Religious Affairs Minister, Idris Ahmad has urged Muslims not to participate in the Japanese community’s yearly Bon Odori summer festival, asserting that it is “swayed by elements of other religious faiths.”
According to Idris, JAKIM, the Islamic development department, conducted studies that indicated the presence of such inﬂuences in the ceremony.
“We are advising Muslims not to partake in the festival or any other curricula that are contrary to their faith and creed,” Idris explained.
He presented his plea to the media yesterday upon attending the launch event for the Selangor Islamic Education Foundation’s (Yapis) Education Complex Project.
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