Christmas celebration banned in Brunei

Christmas celebration banned in Brunei

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 8:17 am

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

The small oil-rich nation of  Brunei, in Asia, that  prohibits propagation of any other religion apart from Islam,  has banned Christmas celebration, threatening celebrators with  five years in jail.

Other banned activities, according to a decree by Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah  include putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs and sending Christmas greetings, reported the Borneo Bulletin.

While non-Muslims are allowed to celebrate the holiday within their own communities, they must not disclose their plans to the nation’s Muslims – which make up 65 per cent of the 420,000-strong population.

Around 20 per cent of Brunei’s residents are non-Muslim, including substantial Buddhist and Christian communities.

‘These enforcement measures are…intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community,’ said the Ministry of Religious Affairs in a statement.

Some Burnei residents, however, are risking jail time by still celebrating Christmas and uploading pictures to social media as part of a #MyTreedom campaign that celebrates religious freedom.

*Originally reported by Mail Online

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  • Aurora says:

    It’s funny to be told that a Muslim “aqidah” can be so easily perverted by mere display of other religious or cultural practice.

    Either the Imam has not been doing their job well or Muslim in general are not capable to peach and truly believes of what their faith professed.

    Perhaps Brunei may want consider to acquire some assistance from their mindless ISIS brothers?

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • Crickey says:

    Sanctions should be placed on the Sultan and he should be banned from leading the Gay Mardi-Gras. Staff are complaining about the monkeys he sleeps with and the rash he catches from mating with pigs.

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