In principle, nothing to obstruct Chinese Muslims from celebrating festivals such as Chinese New Year and winter solstice, says association president
PETALING JAYA: The mosque at Tasek Jaya park in Ipoh will be lit up with lanterns tonight by a group of Chinese Muslims seeking to show that Muslim converts can retain their culture and still remain Muslims.
Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association president Prof Taufiq Yap said the Chinese lantern festival (Mid-Autumn Festival) was celebrated by all as it was a cultural event and had nothing to do with religion.
“In principle, there is nothing obstructing Chinese Muslims from celebrating cultural festivals (such as Chinese New Year and Tang Yuan, the winter solstice festival) which do not go against the tenets of Islam,” he told The Star newspaper.
Chinese Muslims also took part in Cheng Beng, the tomb-sweeping festival where Chinese families clean the graves of ancestors. “However, we abstain from rituals such as offering incense as that involves faith,” said Taufiq who became a Muslim 33 years ago.