“An international orator on Islam and comparative religion, Dr Zakir Naik, on Christmas Day warned Muslims against sending wishes to Christians as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
“On his Twitter handle @DrZakirNaikFC, he wrote: “Wishing Merry Christmas to Christians is a worse evil, worse than fornication or murder.
“Please avoid it, my dear Muslims. It’s a big sin. Retweet and spread the message.
“I hope no Muslim wishes or updates any status on Christmas because celebrating Christmas is against Islam, against Allah, against Prophet Muhammad (SAW), so be aware of that very big sin.”
I have no intention of challenging Zakir on his beliefs as I’m no expert on comparative religion as he is. Neither am I a preacher on the sermon circuit.
Just let me tell my dear Muslim brother this. I don’t think we need you to tell us, Malaysians, how to celebrate Christmas. We are doing just fine as we are.
Here’s a take from the Sultan of Johor, especially for you, Zakir, to digest: “If wishing others Merry Christmas makes you lose your Islamic faith, then it’s also best that you go to work on December 25 as per normal, just in case you become a kafir by enjoying the Christmas holiday.”