Respect the use of animal symbols during Chinese New Year, says Jakim

File photograph: A workers poses with a dog-shaped gold figurine at Chow Tai Fook Jewelry retailer on Dec 14, 2017, forward of the Lunar New Yr of the Canine.

Malaysia’s Division of Islamic Growth (Jakim) has stated that the use of animal symbols and pictures during Chinese New Yr should be revered by everybody.

In an announcement on Tuesday (Feb 6), Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha stated: “Even though animal symbols are used during Chinese New Year, the concept of co-existence (fiqh taa’yush) dictates that all parties need to respect this practice and maintain harmony between all races.”

“That is in keeping with Authorities’s coverage of utilizing a wasatiyyah (reasonable) method,” added the assertion quoted in The Star. Othman didn’t particularly identify any animal in his feedback.

Chinese New Yr which falls on Feb 16, marks the begin of the Yr of the Canine in the Chinese lunar calendar.

In Chinese astrology, annually of the 12-year zodiac cycle is represented by an animal together with the canine and pig, that are thought of unclean by Muslims.

Othman added that all parties should be wise in understanding the spirit of togetherness to ensure unity among all faiths and ethnicities in Malaysia, reported Malaysiakini.

Jakim’s assertion comes on the again of reviews that some businesses and malls are scaling back the use of dog images in their Chinese New Year decorations and that some clothing lines have removed dog and pig symbols from the Chinese zodiac.

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