Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tunisians urged to spurn New Year greetings


AFP - A preacher from the hardline Salafist movement that has achieved growing prominence in Tunisia since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings told Tunisians on Monday that the exchange of New Year's greetings was un-Islamic.

"Sharing the feast days of the infidel or even sending them greetings to mark them is a big sin," Sheikh Beshir Ben Hassine said in sermon posted on Facebook.

"Wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year is forbidden by Islam," the preacher added.

France24

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