Muslims urged to return Lady Gaga concert tickets

Posted at 11:24 AM, Mar 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-22 11:24:48-04

By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN

It looks like some Muslims might not be singing along at Lady Gaga’s June concert in Indonesia.

The mega pop star was given a thumbs-down earlier this week by a “high-ranking member” of the country’s highest Islamic authority, according to The Jakarta Globe.

The report states that Indonesian Council of Ulema chairman Cholil Ridwan is urging Muslims not to attend the overtly sexy and controversial singer’s upcoming concert in Jakarta.

Though he says he has never seen her perform, he has reportedly urged people to return their tickets.

“[The concert is] intended to destroy the nation’s morality,” Ridwan told The Jakarta Globe.

Ridwan is concerned that the singer’s revealing outfits and sexy dance moves set a bad example for Muslim youth.

“I am sure they know what is good and bad,” said Ridwan. “However, I hope Lady Gaga can also wear a proper [dress] in her show,” he said while admitting that it was still, ultimately, fans call.

“She is from the West, and she often shows her aurat [private parts of the body] when performing,” he said, calling it “haram,” an Arabic term that means “forbidden by Islamic law.”

But it appears many Indonesians aren’t following suit: More than 25,000 tickets to her Jakarta show were reportedly sold (in less than two hours) on March 10, when tickets first became available.