By Chris Wright
Conservative clerics in Malaysia have warned that Muslim Manchester United fans must not wear club merchandise as the crest ‘glorifies the devil’ and ‘promotes devil worship’.
Nooh Gadot, an Islamic scholar from Johor state, has condemned supporters who choose to, saying;
“This is very dangerous. As a Muslim, we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils. Even if it is a gift, we should decline it. It is even more sinful when people realise this is wrong and still buy these jerseys to wear.”
Noor also insisted that Muslims wearing a Manchester United shirts ‘should repent immediately’ and his views were echoed by another leading Malaysian cleric, Harussani Zakaria, from the northern state of Perak – who agreed that the brazen depiction of devils should be condemned;
“Yes, of course in Islam we don’t allow people to wear this sort of thing, devils are our enemies, why would you put their picture on you and wear it? You are only promoting the devil.”
The frankly ridiculous religious zealots (if you’ll excuse my western infidelity – so to speak) have also declared Brazil, Norway, Portugal, Serbia and Barcelona shirts to be ‘un-Islamic’ as they all carry the images of the cross.