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M'sian Islamic officials have warned Muslims in the country against celebrating Valentine's Day, & avoid 'immorality'

M'sian Islamic officials have warned Muslims in the country against celebrating Valentine's Day, & avoid 'immorality'

The National Fatwa Council had decreed in 2005 that Muslims should refrain from celebrating Valentine's Day because it is not part of Islamic teachings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR - THE anti-Valentine's Day campaign by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is meant to guide and advise Muslims to stay away from the celebration, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. The Deputy Prime Minister said the campaign was not to enforce any ruling against those observing the event. 'We only want to advise that, from the perspective of Islam, Valentine's Day is not appropriate for Muslims,' he told a press conference after a walkabout to look at bus and light rail transit (LRT) services here yesterday. Jakim launched its campaign in Putrajaya on Friday. The National Fatwa Council had decreed in 2005 that Muslims should refrain from celebrating Valentine's Day because it is...

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