Black Metal 'haram', says Fatwa Council

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  • Monday, 23 Jan 2006

KUALA LUMPUR (AP): The National Fatwa Council ruled Monday that Black Metal music is unacceptable for Muslims, saying it can cause listeners to rebel against religion, the Associated Press reports. 

Black metal is akin to hard rock music, but often uses occult imagery and lyrics. It emerged in Europe in the early 1980s and has made inroads in South-East Asia in recent years, though its popularity has remained limited to underground rock fans. 

Some Malaysians have urged authorities to clarify whether Muslims should shun the music after police on New Year's Eve detained some 380 revelers at an alleged Black Metal concert in Kuala Lumpur for suspected drug use and other offences. - AP

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