Sunday, 25 December 2016
PERGAS States It is Acceptable to Wish Non-Muslims on Their Festivities
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
PERGAS, the association of Muslim scholars of Singapore, issued a statement on the 5th February, 2016, that it is permissible to wish the non-Muslims on their festivities, quoting some of the scholars of Sunni Islam. This is contrary to the assertions of imported Wahhabi preachers such as Ismail Menk and company that it is haram “according to Islam”.
It did acknowledge that there were scholars such as Imam ibn al-Qayyim (r.a.), the student of Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.), the so-called “Shaykh al-Islam” of the Wahhabi sect, who held a contrary opinion. It is legitimate ikhtilaf, but that is not what we follow.