Islamic Defenders Front warns it’ll raid stores suspected of forcing employees to wear Santa hats

Last year, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s highest Muslim clerical body, released a fatwa saying it was forbidden for any Muslims to wear “attributes” of any non-Muslim holidays or for business to force their Muslim employees to wear them  (the “attributes” the fatwa refers to are, in reality, almost always the Santa Claus hats that become ubiquitous in Indonesian malls and shops around Christmas).

Predictably, the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) took it upon themselves to enforce the non-legally binding fatwa by conducting raids (or sweeps as they’re often referred to in the local press) on stores. 

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