Malay Muslim clerics firm on ban on Christian-rooted poco-poco dance

Kuala Lumpur, Apr 24: Islamic clerics in Malaysia are firm on their ban on 'poco-poco' a popular dance form, claimed of having Christian roots, despite the country's National Fatwa Council's decision to allow the dance.

The Perak Fatwa council's Mufti, Harussani Zakaria, said the state fatwa council was convinced that the dance contained elements of Christianity and spirit worshipp.

"We will not back down on our decision. It is final," the Star quoted Zakaria, as saying.

Earlier, Zakaria had announced that the dance was 'haram'. He further said that research showed the cross-shaped movement, normally associated with Christianity, could clearly be seen in the dance.

Zakaria said that this dance form has been originated from a ritual dance often practiced in Jamaica while the word "poco" referred to a kind of wild dance performed while possessed by "ancestral spirits".

In its response, the National Fatwa Council said that the dance was not haram, if dancers do not follow acts that mimic the worshipping activities of other religions.

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