At Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft brings us a story of yet another tolerant Imam:
When you say: “Merry Christmas,” you are saying: “Congratulations on your false religion,” “Congratulations on your false understanding of life.” You are congratulating them on the most evil of polytheism and heresy.
As Ibn Qayyim said, this is worse than fornication, drinking alcohol, and killing someone, because you are approving of the biggest crime every committed by the children of Adam – polytheism.
Pam Geller nailed it:
More interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding
But at least they are in line with some in the US Army
Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”
“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”
The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.
But apparently this ban on Christmas embraced by this Imam & the “equal opportunity representative” of the Army is not shared by all as evidenced by this e-mail I received this week. Subject line Merry Christmas:
My friends, I wish you very merry Christmas, happy holidays & a very prosperous new year.May God bless you & your families with health wealth prosperity & long useful lives.Amin. Sincerely Bashir U Mehmud & family.
You might remember the name Bashir Mehmud if you were reading this site back in Aug of 2010.
His sermon was a no nonsense one about the start of Ramadan next Wednesday and the need for spiritual renewal, the rewards of fasting and the need to avoid sin and temptation. The basic thrust of the sermon could have been given in any Catholic Church in preparation for Lent. He also asked the congregation to pray for the members of their community that were killed in the May 28th Mosque Attacks. (Their Branch of Islam the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are rejected by many mainstream Muslim groups). His sermon also touched on a denouncement of violence. Not surprising as his sect has been the target of radical Islam
We spoke for 45 minutes after the service. He has lived in Fitchburg for almost 30 years and has seen the change in the town. His opinions on the direction of the city and the cultural decay of the country could have been said by my mother.
He has since retired but the local Mosque remains the same, and the most hopeful sight you can see in Fitchburg is every 4th of July where you see this.
Did you ever think you’d see the day when an Islamic Sect is more friendly toward Christmas than a representative of the US Army?
Under any other administration I would not have believed it.