In a surprise fatwa (religious edict), Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic scholar has urged Muslims to stop staging ceremonies to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), saying such celebrations amount to heresy.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, Saudi Grand Mufti, warned against celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him), saying that the practice is superstitious that was illegally added to the religion.
The sheikh said that those who urge others to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet are evil and corrupt.
Saudi kingdom’s Grand Mufti and head of the seven-man Islamic Scholars Authority, said Muslims had acquired the habit of organizing ceremonies on the eve of the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) over the past three centuries and that it had spread to most Arab and Islamic nations.
This habit is a heresy and superstition, which must stop,” the Mufti said in a sermon during Friday’s open air prayers in the Saudi capital Riyadh.