Curses, the plot is exposed! This kind of paranoia only fosters the us vs. them mentality that ultimately feeds into the jihad imperative. Conspiracy Paranoia Update from modern, moderate Malaysia: “Halloween a ploy to make Muslims godless, says Isma,” by Syed Jaymal Zahiid, Malay Mail Online, October 25, 2014:
BANGI, Oct 25 — Halloween celebrations are organised by non-Muslims worldwide to shake the faith of Muslims and turn them godless, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) alleged today.
Its president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman said it was likely that atheists were behind the events, claiming further that Halloween celebrations were also intended to spread atheism.
“We notice that such events are held to test moral limits or religion, and they are usually done by groups which are not religion-based — they are usually organised by non-Muslims.
“What they are doing is promoting something that is anti-religion. Maybe it is done by atheists who want to shake one’s faith,” Zaik told a press conference here.
Isma ulama council chief Aznan Hasan also suggested that Halloween celebrations may be a concerted effort to weaken Muslim faith.
“If it’s an isolated event, then it signals the poor understanding of Islam among Muslims, but what concerns me more is that if they are a form of planned attack (on Islam),” he told the same press conference.
Aznan also said such events were intended to make Muslim Malays “forget who they are” as celebrations like Oktoberfest and Halloween are western constructs.
Zaik had made a similar accusation against the organiser of the Oktoberfest beer festival earlier this month.
This was echoed by other hardline Muslim groups, as well as conservative leaders from PAS, the Islamist party in federal opposition pact[.]
Isma’s detractors, however, argued that the Malaysians have long participated in such celebrations, and that there is no data to suggest that such events have led to Muslims abandoning their faith.
Commenting on this, Zaik insisted that the Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations were done to instil atheistic values and that they were designed to encourage Muslims to question the teachings of Islam.
“It is a process. It is not just today. The reasons why they (non-Muslims and liberals) dare to question (the position of Islam and the Malays) is the culmination of such events,” Zaik said.
The coming Halloween festival came to the attention of several conservative Muslim groups after banners promoting the annual event were put up at an international school in Seremban….