Flashback: Muslim Cleric Says ‘Merry Christmas’ Greeting ‘Worse’ Than 'Killing Someone’

By Penny Starr | December 16, 2014 | 12:44pm EST

A video from 2011 is making the rounds again on social media just in time for the Christmas season. Lebanese-born cleric Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari declares in the video posted on The Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project website that the “Merry Christmas” greeting is “worse than fornication, and drinking alcohol and killing someone.”

“You cannot say Merry Christmas, not even if an alien came and he told you – you cannot even say it to him and say: ‘He’s just an alien,” Akkari says in the video, first posted on Nov. 6, 2011. "I’m never going to see him again.

"He’s not going to tell anyone,'” Akkari says. "No Merry Christmas. Not from a Muslim, and not from a non-Muslim.

“It’s not part of our [religion] period,” Akkari says. “It’s the concept that God was born on the 25th of December. That’s as [polytheistic] and [heretic] as you can get.”

“And you say ‘Merry Christmas’ saying ‘Congratulations on your false religion,” Akkari says. “Congratulations on your false understanding of life.

"You are congratulating them on the most evil of [polytheism and heresy],” Akkari says. “And as [Sunni Muslim theologian] Ibn Qayyim said, ‘This is worse than fornication, and drinking alcohol and killing someone.’

“Because you’re approving of the biggest crime ever committed by the children of Adam – [polytheism],” Akkari says.

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