Indonesia’s clerics are urging the government to cancel the Miss World pageant scheduled for next month, saying the exposure by women skin in a competition violates Muslim norms, an official said Monday, reports Agence France Presse, according to Islam.ru.
A top-level meeting of clerics was held earlier this month by the Indonesian Ulema Council to respond to protests of some groups over Indonesia’s hosting of the event, even after organizers agreed to cut the competition and instead outfit contestants in more conservative sarongs, council chairman Amidan Shaberah said.
“Our position is clear, we reject Indonesia being the host of Miss World,” Shaberah said. “Because exposing their bodies in a contest is against Islamic principles.”
The council is an influential body that often issues fatwas, or edicts, including controversial rulings against smoking and yoga. Shaberah said the council will not officially demand that the government cancel the event, but will instead recommend that it be stopped. The pageant is scheduled to be held partly on the resort island of Bali, with the final round on Sept. 28 near the capital, Jakarta.