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December 15, 2017
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Lebanese-American Imam Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari: By Saying "Merry Christmas," You Are Acknowledging a Satanic Holiday; Your Religion Is a Joke

In a Friday sermon delivered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Lebanese-American Imam Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari warned in the congregation not to "be weak" and say "Merry Christmas" to people. By doing so, "you are indirectly acknowledging a Satanic holiday," he said. If someone asks why you can't say "Merry Christmas" to him when he says: "Happy Eid" to you, Akkari explained: "Well, you don't have anything that you adhere to. I do. Your whole religion is a joke. Mine is not." His December 15 sermon was posted on YouTube.

Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari: "Allah knows how many times in your life you've had to say: 'Merry Christmas' to someone just to be nice. And you might have thought that this is alright. 'I don't believe it.' The justification one gives his brother: 'I don't believe it. And if I don't believe something, then it's all good. That would be nice if you were in some other religion.

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"If it's not endorsed by the divine entity, it is from the worst of the shaytan [Satan].

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"And therefore, that acknowledgment of yours is problematic. You are indirectly acknowledging a Satanic festivity, a Satanic holiday, which Allah azzawajal [almighty] did not legislate.

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"While we established that you may not return the favor, if we may use this term and say: 'Merry Christmas' back to you, you can actually use this as an opportunity to inquire. Instead of saying back, say: 'That's interesting, can you tell me more about it?' You have the right to learn. Of course, he is going to think: 'Are you a fool? You're gonna tell me you don't know about Christmas? I mean, look, there are Christmas trees everywhere and Santa Claus about to come down the chimney,' which has nothing to do with Christianity, by the way. I mean they've invented so much into this it's almost like a big joke and a big gimmick and people continue to buy into it. It's business at the end of the day. It's a business. All of this stuff is business. Valentine's is a business, Christmas is a business, it became as a religious deviance, it became pure economy. Regardless, say: 'Can you please tell me more about that?' And the average Christian will be dumbfounded right then and there.

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"If the situation does not allow this type of dialogue, because I understand that sometimes you just have to be slick. Being slick is changing the subject, and trust me if you master this skill, it will work 80 percent of the time.

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"Personally, if someone is going to push it, I can go back and say whatever I want to say. Say: 'Hey listen man, I honestly don't greet anybody based on things I don't believe in. When someone tells me something do you want me just to give you empty words? Because I am not an empty person.'

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"Then they say: 'Well I tell you "Happy Eid," you can say "Merry Christmas" to me,' Well, you don't have anything that you adhere to, I do. I mean your whole religion is a joke, mine is not. I'm thinking about Jannah [paradise] and Jahannam [hell] on a daily basis, when was the last time you thought about Jannah and Jahannam? I mean you're partying in your life from the time you're born until you die. Now you wanna tell me that we are the same? We're not the same.

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"Whatever the case may be, do not succumb to the situation. Do not fall apart. Do not be weak, and I don't care if it's your boss."