Islamic "exorcist" Abu Ibraheem Husnayn, who is based in Birmingham, UK, said that Muslims "have to hate" the likes of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Diwali, and Hannukah, because they are "hated by Allah." If one wishes one’s neighbor a merry Christmas or a happy Easter, "there is no hating for the sake of Allah," said Husnayn, who practices "ruqya" (lit. "incantation") and runs a YouTube series titled "Diaries of an Exorcist." The excerpts are from addresses posted on his YouTube channel on May 13 and August 4.
Abu Ibraheem Husnayn: "We have to hate the ones who hate the Companions. We have to hate the ones who say that Abu Bakr, Omar, and Othman left the fold of Islam. We have to hate the ones who curse our mother 'Aisha. It is from our religion that we have to hate them for the sake of Allah.
"We have to hate the places of worship where they are committing polytheism with Allah.
"Which times of the year do we have to hate?"
Husain: "The likes of Christmas."
Audience: "The birthday of the Prophet."
Husnayn: "The likes of the Birthday of the Prophet, because it is an innovation in the religion. We have to hate it, not because it makes us feel good, not because we say that we are better than them, but because it is hated by Allah. Likewise Valentine's Day, likewise birthdays, likewise Christmas, likewise Easter, likewise Diwali, likewise Hannukah, likewise all of these other different festivals, where the people increase their sin, their transgression, their polytheism with Allah. It is not a personal hatred. We hate it because Allah hates that thing. Does everybody understand this, brothers? But nowadays, like I said to you, they are trying to erode that away. So when you say... And they say: You can wish your neighbor a merry Christmas, wish him a happy festive season, wish him a happy Easter, wish him this, wish him that. We can celebrate Halloween, forget about that pagan origins of it – who cares? So there is no hating for the sake of Allah now.
"We are going to look at mockery and mocking Islam, and how it is major disbelief – mocking Islam in any way, shape, or form. So if somebody mocks the beard, somebody mocks the niqab or the hijab, somebody mocks fasting, somebody mocks the Kaaba, or mocks the prayers – anything to do with the religion... If you joke about anything to do with the religion – whether you are serious, whether you know, whether you don't know – you have left the fold of Islam."