I was intrigued by an article I read in the Oman Tribune near the end of ramadan about an apparent rise in Satanism in Oman and some kind of connection with “emo”. Did anyone else read this article? Normally I wouldn’t give much thought to such a statement, but this was declared by the Deputy Grand Mufti of the Sultanate! Here is the article in full, with statements that I found interesting highlighted:
|Al Kharousi Warns against Satanic Rites|
(By Ahmed Al Gardani) MUSCAT – His Eminence Sheikh Dr Kahlan Bin Nabhan Al Kharousi, Deputy Grand Mufti of the Sultanate, warned at a religious programme on Oman TV on Thursday and Friday of Emo and worshippers of Satan groups which have spread among students as a result of lack of monitoring.The programme received many calls from people working at the education sector stressing the fact that the phenomenon is wide spread in Omani schools.Al Kharousi said that absence of faith and belief in Islam lead to this phenomenon. Students need to know more about their religion so that they would know what is right and wrong. About the Emo movement, Al Kharousi said that it is one of the movements which is performed by those against religions. Al Kharousi said that Emo means worshipping Satan by wearing some symbols and hurting their bodies to relax. He said that these practices negatively impacted upon society.
Does anyone know more about this? Are there actual open worshippers of Satan in the Sultanate?! There was a thread on English Saba about Satanism but the issue didn’t really seem to be answered there.