Fareed Al-Miftah is a refreshingly sensible fellow. But his view has significant opposition among Muslims.
From GulfNews, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Manama: Bahrain’s Islamic Affairs Undersecretary Shaikh Fareed Al Miftah has shrugged off as “nonsensical” calls not to offer festive and New Year greetings….
“There is no problem with giving or receiving gifts, either.” According to the official, the only condition is that cards should not carry icons or symbols that contradict Islamic principles, such as the cross.
Hundreds of leaflets distributed in front of mosques and chat forums have called upon Muslims not to wish non-Muslims on Christmas or New Year.