Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has once again created controversy by stating that celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Birthday is “Sinful”.
2015 is one of the years in which the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Peace be on Him, is celebrated twice in the Gregorian calendar, as the traditional Islamic calendar is lunar based. However not all Muslims welcome the day the Prophet was born, some instead feel that even celebrated the birth of the Prophet is “sinful”. The Salafi cleric Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh is such a person, he is the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, effectively the most senior law maker in the country. He released a statement earlier in 2015 outlining the “evil” of encouraging others to celebrate the birth of the Prophet SAW, and how it corrupts people. He has previously caused controversy because of his fatwa (religious instruction) that attending pro-Palestinian demonstrations was also forbidden. Saudi Arabia also surprised people when it not only refused to support the Lebanese Resistance movement Hezbollah in its struggle against Israel, but condemned them and later made deals with Israel to use Saudi air space if Israel wanted to attack Iran .
You would imagine then, that birthdays are not celebrated in Saudi Arabia, so you would be really shocked to learn who held the world record for the biggest Cake, you guessed it, its Saudi Arabia !
The Birthday cake was made in 2013 and held the record for the being the biggest cake, a title which was later claimed in 2014 by Make-A-Wish® UK in Westfields Shopping Centre London. This strange hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia which seems to be very harsh and negative on Islam and Muslims and then very liberal on issues such as the Saudi Kingdom (kingdoms and kings are alien in Islam) and Oppressors around the world.