One of the world's richest men, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah,
ordered the introduction of sharia law in Brunei last year.
Oil-rich Brunei has publicly placed an embargo on the celebrations of
Christmas,
including sending festive greetings and the wearing of
Santa
Claus hats. Muslims caught in the act of celebrating Christmas and
non-
Muslims found to be organizing celebrations could face
up
to five years jail.
However the country's non-Muslims, who comprise 32%
per
cent of the 420,000 population, can celebrate Christmas
in
their own communities on the condition that the
celebrations are not disclosed to Muslims.
Imams have told followers in the tiny Brunei nation to
follow a government edict last year banning celebrations
that could lead Muslims astray and damage their faith,
according to the Brunei Bulletin.
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"These enforcement measures are … intended to control
the
act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly,
which
could damage the Aqaeda (beliefs) of the Muslim
community,"
the Ministry of Religious Affairs said in a statement
explaining the edict that was published in the Brunei
Times.
The statement said non-Muslims disclosing or
displaying
Christmas celebrations violated the penal code which
prohibits propagating religion other than Islam to a
Muslim.
One of the world's richest men, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah,


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