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Manchester United’s 'dangerous' red devil crest is ‘un-Islamic’
I saw this news item yesterday and forgot to post it. The version I read in on an Asian site (which may have been this one in SIFY) concentrated on the most henious shirts of all, those with crosses on them, then the secondary evils of demon drink and demon MUFC.
The western papers today seem to think the Reds are more newsworthy. From the Metro.
Manchester United’s red devil crest has been branded ‘dangerous’ by Muslim clerics in Malaysia who have banned the team’s supporters from wearing replica shirts.
‘You are only promoting the devil,’ said Harussani Zakaria, a cleric from northern Perak state.
‘This is very dangerous. As a Muslim, we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils,’ said another cleric, Nooh Gadot.‘It will erode our belief in Islam. There is no reason why we as Muslims should wear such jerseys, either for sports or fashion reasons. . . it was clearly wrong for Muslims to wear the shirt . . . fans should repent immediately’.
Other teams whose shirts are off limits include Brazil, Portugal, Barcelona, Serbia and Norway because they carry images of the cross.
What else might the Imans not like on a football shirt? Tottenham Hotspur - is that chicken halal?
West Ham and those crossed hammers. Are they really the symbol of the old Thames Foundry Iron works, or the symbol of Charles Martel the Hammer?
Glasgow Celtic is sponsored by Carling this year. Its not what I call beer but it is alcoholic. So thats a No.
Newly promoted Dagenham and Redbridge FC, sponsored by local undertakers West and Co. Unobjectionable - We Love Death!
Note to marketing manager - merchandising opportunity opening in Malaysia shortly stop.