Sultan Of Brunei Bans Warns Those Celebrating Christmas In Brunei Could Face Up To Five Years In Jail.
Sultan of Brunei has issued a sound warming to any one who is seen celebrating Christmas, he said the punishment for celebrating Christmas is a fine of 20 thousand dollars, up to five years in prison or both.
According to a reported declaration by the Sultan of Brunei which is describes to be the tiny oil rich state
This declaration was introduced last year that celebrating it excessively and openly could led it’s Muslim population astray.
Christians and others can celebrate Christmas, but must do so in private and have to first alert the authorities.Islamic Religions leaders also supported the ban and warns that adaptation of the trappings of Christmas is tantamount to imitation of another faith, prohibited in some interpretations of Islam.
Officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs have also reportedly visited local businesses to ensure they are not displaying Christmas decorations, including Santa hats and banners with Christmas greetings.
At least 65 per cent of Brunei’s 420,000-strong population are Muslim.The ban has encountered some resistance – the social medial campaign which encourages Christians and other in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran to post images of themselves celebrating Christmas, includes several contributions from Brunei residents.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who has ruled the former British colony for nearly 50 years, introduced the ban on Christmas in 2014, the same year Brunei adopted a stricter penal code, based on Islamic sharia and including punishments such as stoning and amputation.