Can Muslims wish ‘Merry Christmas’ to Christians, asks Pakistani court

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has remarked during the hearing of the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat case that just like there is a physical test ahead of the commission in the intelligence agencies or other government departments, there should also be a committee of religious scholars set up for examining the faith of the candidate.

Responding to a question of the court, advisor Mufti Hussain told that the Muslims were allowed to be part of the celebrations of non-Muslims. The court asked if the Muslims could accept flowers from non-Muslims on Valentine’s Day. To this, Mufti Hussain replied that the flowers could only be accepted if the reason for celebration was just.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui asked if Muslims could wish Merry Christmas to the non-Muslims on December 25, upon which Mufti Hussain said that Muslims could not wish Merry Christmas to the Christians since the Christians believed Jesus to be God’s son. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked on the occasion that certain faction within the Christians also did not believe Jesus to be God.