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    A Merry Xmas To All My Muslim Friends

    Sultan of Brunei bans Christmas 'because it could damage faith of Muslims'

    Tiny conservative nation on Borneo warns citizens they could face five years in jail if they celebrate Christmas


    Brunei a throwback to an age of absolute monarchy: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Photo: EPA
    By Barney Henderson9:34AM GMT 22 Dec 2015 Comments340 Comments


    The Sultan of Brunei has declared that anyone found illegally celebrating Christmas could face a five year jail sentence, according to reports.

    The conservative Muslim country on the island of Borneo stated the punishment would apply to anyone found sending festive greetings – or wearing Santa hats.

    Non-Muslims are allowed to celebrate Christmas – but they must do so only within their communities and first alert authorities.

    At least 65 per cent of the 420,000-strong population of the oil-rich state are Muslims.

    The Ministry of Religious Affairs said in a statement: "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."

    In a warning to Muslims earlier this month, a group of Imams warned that any celebration "not in any way related to Islam” could lead to "‘tasyabbuh’ (imitation) and unknowingly damage the ‘aqidah’ (faith) of Muslims".




    Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah holds the arm of his son Prince Abdul Malik to bless Malik's new wife


    “During Christmas celebrations, Muslims following that religion’s acts – such as using their religious symbols like cross, lighting candles, making Christmas trees and singing religious songs, sending Christmas greetings, using signs praising the religion, putting up decorations or creating sounds and doing anything that amounts to respecting their religion – are against Islamic faith,” the Imams said, according to the Borneo Bulletin.

    “Some may think that it is a frivolous matter and should not be brought up as an issue. But as Muslims and as a Zikir Nation, we must keep it (following other religions’ celebrations) away as it could affect our Islamic faith.”

    Some Brunei residents rejected the ban, by posting Christmas pictures on social media using the #MyTreedom hashtag.

    Brunei, a former British protectorate, is run as an absolutist Muslim monarchy by the Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, 67.

    Political discontent is limited thanks to a high standard of living and free education and health care, although members of the royal family have been criticised for their extravagant lifestyles.

    Michael Jackson, the late pop singer, was reportedly paid more than £10 million to give a concert in Brunei in 1996 to mark the sultan’s 50th birthday.


    Last year, the sultan caused controversy by introducing Sharia criminal law, which allows for punishments including stoning, whipping and amputation.

    This policy triggered a boycott of the hotel chain owned by the Sultan of Brunei’s sovereign wealth investment agency by a group of celebrities, fashion designers and other famous names.

    Backed by the likes of Stephen Fry, Stella McCartney and Sir Richard Branson, the rich, famous and chic were urged not to book into any of the Dorchester Collection venues, including the Park Lane destination, Le Meurice in Paris, the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA and Il Principe in Milan.

    Sultan of Brunei bans Christmas 'because it could damage faith of Muslims' - Telegraph

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    Party pooper.

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    Hopefully the rest of the world will follow.

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    None of his business

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    Hopefully the rest of the world will follow.
    We'll start in the West, where the fantasy [in general] is hardcore.

    The transition is yet to come....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Party pooper.
    A bit like the 1640s in Great Britain
    Last edited by boloa; 22-12-2015 at 09:59 PM.

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    Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah holds the arm of his son Prince Abdul Malik to bless Malik's new wife
    both look like closet homosexuals with their sculptured facial hair and pigeon chests

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    Santa hats


    Christmas is not a religious festival.

    These religion obsessed conts need shooting in the face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post



    Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah holds the arm of his son Prince Abdul Malik to bless Malik's new wife
    She's a bit of a babe I'd be happy to haul my bollix over her.

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    He's a Kinneo fcuk doesn't want to buy Christmas presents ,

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    She's a bit of a babe I'd be happy to haul my bollix over her.
    you could be in luck for she was only saying on twitter yesterday that she would love to feel stinkys wrinkled christian scrotum scraping across her heaving breasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    Santa hats


    Christmas is not a religious festival.

    These religion obsessed conts need shooting in the face.
    Did you hear about the atheist?

    He sold his soul to Santa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    He's a Kinneo fcuk doesn't want to buy Christmas presents ,
    Yeah, $20 billion wouldn't last long if he had to buy presents for the whole family. Better to be safe than sorry and just ban Christmas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    He's a Kinneo fcuk doesn't want to buy Christmas presents ,
    Yeah, $20 billion wouldn't last long if he had to buy presents for the whole family. Better to be safe than sorry and just ban Christmas.

    Must be nice to be King.

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    He's a sultan though, a rather inferior wog version

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    She's a bit of a babe I'd be happy to haul my bollix over her.
    you could be in luck for she was only saying on twitter yesterday that she would love to feel stinkys wrinkled christian scrotum scraping across her heaving breasts.
    Smart girl knows what's good for her

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    The son has always had his hand held by somebody through out his wole life.

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    ^ At last, some good news.

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    Shame, sometimes you miss good old fashioned gunboat diplomacy. Brit's declare him loony, 'liberate' the place, take over the oil and pay off the national debt.

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    Christmas in Bangkok ,


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    Another funny one there Snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Can we see his throat being cut --- pleeease?

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