Speaking at a program broadcast on Egypt’s Sadi el-Balad TV channel, Ahmed Omar Hashem said exchange of good feelings between Muslims and non-Muslims is necessary, m.akhbarelyom website reported.
He added that God has not forbidden Muslims to do good deeds to non-Muslims.
The scholar noted that the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) Seerah shows the need for fraternity between Muslims and non-Muslims.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) did not close the door of righteousness and charity to non-Muslims, he underlined.
Anyone who issues a Fatwa that bans congratulating non-Muslims is not a scholar, Hashem went on to say.
It came after some Fatwas issued in Egypt saying it is not permissible to wish non-Muslims Merry Christmas.