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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Australia: No merriness here: mosque puts fatwa on Christmas

From the Sydney Morning Herald.

The religious ruling, which followed a similar lecture during Friday prayers at Australia's biggest mosque, was posted on its Facebook site on Saturday morning.

The head imam at Lakemba, Sheikh Yahya Safi, had told the congregation during prayers that they should not take part in anything to do with Christmas.The fatwa, which has sparked widespread community debate and condemnation, warns that the "disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path".

It also says that Christmas Day and associated celebrations are among the "falsehoods that a Muslim should avoid ... and therefore, a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate them" . . . 
 congratulating disbelievers for their rituals is forbidden, and if a "Muslim who says this does not become a disbeliever himself, he at least commits a sin as this is the same as congratulating him for his belief in the trinity, which is a greater sin and much more disliked by Almighty Allaah than congratulating him for drinking alcohol or killing a soul or committing fornication or adultery”.

A community advocate and Muslim convert, Rebecca Kay, told Fairfax Media: "It's sad to see the Lebanese Muslim Association, which considers itself the peak body representing Australian Muslims, with comments like these. It goes to show how far they are from representing the community. The notion that Muslims wishing other people a merry Christmas will take them out of their faith is outright ridiculous, laughable and borders on the extreme."

Update - the Mosque says the 'fatwa' was a mistake by a youth member and has employed a skywriting aeroplane to wish their neighbours a Merry Xmas.

Posted on 12/22/2012 8:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Comments
22 Dec 2012
Alix

No muslim can ever go wrong by advocating the most obvious facet of islam - it is a be all and an end all and governs all aspects of existence, now and in the hereafter.  It recognizes nothing except itself.  So - why is anyone ever surprised?



22 Dec 2012
Send an emailSue R

Rebecca Kay obviously doesn't fully understand what she had got herself involved in.  That's up to her, silly cow.  I would just like to say that I can't think of anything less festive than the po-faced Muslim girls in their swaddling clouts.  I wouldn't want to be at any party they were at anyway.



23 Dec 2012
Send an emailphilemina

Remarkable that a 'HEAD IMAM' does not understand Islam.

I would have thought a 'head imam' would understand Islam perfectly.

Sharia law actually forbids non-Muslims from displaying their faith in public so that Muslims are not infected by the errors of the kafirs.

The retraction of the mosque contradicts Sharia law.



25 Dec 2012
Christina McIntosh

 The business with the skywriting is nothing more nor less than a frantic attempt at Damage Control.  

Won't work.  Gremlin's outta the sack and a whole lotta Aussie non-Muslims have seen the teeth and the claws.




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