World Bulletin / News Desk
Some Muslim groups in Azerbaijan and Russia’s Caucuses state of Dagestan have called on their countrymen to boycott public celebrations of the New Year.
Akhmad Anchikhsky, an imam in the city of Makhachkala stated that New Year’s Day was neither a Muslim holiday, nor a national holiday and not even a Christian holiday. Another imam by the name of Siradjudin-hadji Akhmedov, also stated that it was not a Muslim holiday.
Last year, former Dagestan president Magomedsalam Magomedov refused requests to cancel New Year celebrations and 10 young men were arrested for handing out leaflets calling on Muslims not to celebrate it.
In Azerbaijan, the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan (IPA) called upon Muslims in the Caucuses not to celebrate New Year’s Day because this year December 31 coincides with the date of the deaths of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his grandson Hussein according to the Islamic Hijri calendar.Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Aralık 2013, 12:57