London, Dec.10 (ANI): British Muslim hate preacher Anjem Choudary has branded Christmas "evil".
The 41-year-old Muslim fanatic shocked Christians and even those of his own faith by slamming the festival as "the pathway to hellfire".
Having recently praised the Mumbai terror massacre, he urged all Muslims to reject the traditional yuletide fun.
In an Internet sermon on an Islamic website, the Daily Star quoted Choudary as saying: "In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas. Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners. Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah."
"Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus. How can a Muslim possibly approve or participate in such a practice that bases itself on the notion Allah has an offspring? The very concept of Christmas contradicts and conflicts with the foundation of Islam," he added.
"Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away - protect yourself and your family from Christmas," he said
The Choudary rant came as a majority of Daily Star readers said Muslims are not doing enough to tackle hate preachers. (ANI)