Activists in Malaysia seek fatwa ruling on 'apocalyptic' silk
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian conservative group's insistence that Muslim men wearing silk was a "sign of the apocalypse" prompted a call on Friday for religious authorities to study whether to impose a fatwa on the fabric, a report said.
An activist with the conservative Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia told reporters on Thursday that silk was forbidden for men, citing Islamic literature that describes the prophet Muhammad as taking that stance.
Such literature "also states that one of the tanda kiamat (signs of the apocalypse) is when pure silk is being worn," association activist Sheikh Abdul Kareem S. Khadaied was quoted saying by the Malay Mail.
An official with Perkasa, an NGO that advocates stridently for the rights of the Muslim ethnic Malay majority, waded in Friday, saying the country's National Fatwa Council needed to dispel "confusion" over the issue.