Jul 22, 2010

News: Muslims should not wear ManUtd jerseys

Assalamualaikum dear friends and readers, may all of you in good health and strong iman. I am currently a bit busy with my tutorials and final exam schedules, so I've prepared a few auto-publish posts as my sharing with you.

For this morning, let's reading about the recent uproar in this country, the issue on the Man U jersey.

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims must not wear the famous Manchester United red jersey because of the “devil” emblem on its team crest, Malaysian clerics said today.

Manchester United and the rest of the English Premier League are massively popular in Muslim-majority Malaysia and the rest of the Asian region, but conservative religious scholars said the jersey is un-Islamic.

Also off limits are the shirts of teams including Brazil, Portugal, Barcelona, Serbia and Norway, all of which carry images of the cross on their team emblems.

“This is very dangerous. As a Muslim, we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils,” Nooh Gadot, a top Islamic cleric from the southern Johor state, told AFP.

“It will erode our belief in Islam. There is no reason why we as Muslims should wear such jerseys, either for sports or fashion reasons,” said Nooh, an advisor to the Johor religious council.

“Even if it (the jersey) is a gift, we should decline it. It is even more sinful when people realise this is wrong and still buy these jerseys to wear,” he added.

Nooh said there was no “fatwa”, or religious edict, against the shirts but that one was not needed when it was clearly wrong for Muslims to don such a garment.

“These Muslims should repent, repent immediately,” he said.

Another leading cleric, Harussani Zakaria, a cleric from northern Perak state, agreed that devils should be shunned, not celebrated.

“Yes of course in Islam we don’t allow people to wear this sort of thing,” he told AFP. “Devils are our enemies, why would you put their picture on you and wear it? You are only promoting the devil.”

Malaysia is a generally moderate Islamic country, but conservative clerics have issued controversial edicts in the past including a ban on the ancient practice of yoga, which is criticised for including Hindu religious elements. -AFP

As a Muslim, I agree with them even though I have never been a fan of any football team or games.


umm ruman said...

Sometimes our Malaysia Muslim are too jahil.

NeverEver said...

some countries have those jerseys without crosses. For example if you buy a barca jersey in saudia, there will be no cross on it, just three vertical bars :-)

I have no idea about the man united one though... never noticed it before. (not a big man u fan)

kakchik said...

Agree 100% kak azah.

kakchik said...

NeverEver, thanks for the info. I've never know about that too and never interested in knowing :D before.

This Man U's jersey issue is one big hot issue now, at least in Malaysia. Hopefully the government can take positive action.

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