Disagreement Bon Odori – Digital Messenger

Disagreement Bon Odori – Digital Messenger
Disagreement Bon Odori – Digital Messenger

The legal controversy of attending and participating in the Bon Odori festival to be held at the Shah Alam National Sports Complex on July 16 is hotly debated among the community.
This controversy arose because there was a ban on the Muslim community from participating in the Bon Odori festival that had other religious elements and rituals. However, there is also another opinion that the festival is just a cultural program and it should be for the Muslim community to attend the celebration.
Bon Odori is a Buddhist custom in Japan to honor the spirits of their ancestors by returning to their places of origin to visit residences or graves. A popular tradition during this festival is the Bon Odori, which refers to a dance that is performed during the event.
The Japanese also regard this festival as an opportunity to go back to the hometown and spend time with family in addition to cleaning the graves of ancestors and lighting lanterns.
Basically, Islam prohibits Muslims from participating in celebrations of other religions. Scholars agree that it is illegal to participate in celebrations of other religions, whether through expression or action on specified clothing, food, or drink if it is intended to glorify.
In fact, most scholars are of the opinion that one can fall into disbelief if a Muslim individual glorifies the teachings of other religions, while a Muslim individual who has no intention of glorifying them is sinful but does not rise to the level of disbelief.
The words of Allah SWT which mean: “And those (with whom Allah is pleased are the people) who do not attend places where forbidden things are done, and when they come across something useless, they go through it purifying themselves of it.” (Sura al-Furqan: 72)
In the above verse, there is the word al-zur which scholars interpret as a day of celebration for polytheists. Therefore, it is clear that Allah SWT commends the attitude and stance of the Muslim community who do not attend the parties of the polytheists.
Below are the words of Allah SWT which mean: “O believers! Do not take Jews and Christians as intimate friends, because some of them are intimate friends of the other half; and any of you who take him for a friend is certainly one of them. certainly Allah does not guide the unjust people.” (Sura al-Maidah: 51)

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The scholars explain that the meaning of “close friend” found in the above verse is to resemble (tashabbuh) and magnify their holiday.
There are guidelines related to Muslims celebrating the greatness of non-Muslims issued by the 68th Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan untuk Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam (MKI) which met on April 12, 2005.
First of all, the ceremony is not accompanied by ceremonies contrary to Islamic beliefs. Second, it is not accompanied by acts contrary to Sharia law. Third, it is not accompanied by acts that could touch the sensitivities of the Muslim community.
Appropriately, the guidelines are used as a reference for the Muslim community in Malaysia to resolve the issue of the Bon Odori festival if it is clear that there are ritual practices that contradict Islamic principles and glorify the syiar of other religions so as not to provoke slander. to islam
After the controversies of other points of view that require attendance and participation in the Bon Odori festival, probably based on the current situation online with the passage of time, its organization began to change and was seen as a social gathering to experience the culture. and Japanese entertainment. However, if this holiday really has a religious element, then it should be further investigated and the festival of beauty should make a special decision from the religious point of view.
On the other hand, if the festival is clearly just a social gathering to experience Japanese culture and entertainment, the Muslim community is still obliged to abide by Islamic laws when attending a ceremony or venue that is arranged.
Therefore, this issue should be given the attention of the religious authorities so that there is no confusion among the Muslim community. In fact, the relationship between the mufti, the religious department and the Malay rulers needs to be strengthened from time to time. An open mind should be expressed in discussions if there are differences of opinion and points of view. Muftis, scholars, and preachers need to be more proactive in researching an issue before issuing a statement.

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DR. Azri Bahari is a full professor at the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).