"THE Lakemba Mosque has issued a fatwa against Christmas, warning
followers it is a ''sin'' to even wish people a Merry Christmas.
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.
Samir Dandan, the president of the Lebanese Muslim
Association, which oversees the mosque, could not be reached for
comment on Saturday.
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"."...via Atlas Shrugs