Malaysia’s top Islamic clerical body will decide the fate of a popular dance later this month after a state banned it over claims it contained “Christian rituals”, according to reports Sunday.
Harussani Zakaria, mufti of the northern state of Perak has said the “poco-poco” dance violated Islamic law as it was a “cult dance,” whose “moves reflect the making of a cross and so is unacceptable in Islam.”
The head of Malaysia’s Islamic Development Department, which sets national level Islamic policies, said a National Fatwa Council will be convened on April 20 to rule on the issue, the New Straits Times reported.
“I hope other state muftis will be patient and wait for the meeting,” Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz told the paper.
“If any of the states have concluded its findings on the matter, I invite them to share it with us,” he added. A department official confirmed the remarks but declined further comment.
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