Sydney sheik Feiz Mohammed has warned Muslims they should avoid festive celebrations — including New Year's Eve and Christmas — and has attacked women's rights groups, telling Islamic women to wear hijabs.
Sheik Feiz, who has a large online following with almost two million YouTube views, described non-Islamic festivals as leading to a path away from Allah.
"Any festivity or celebration built on other than Islam is a negative, prohibited festivity. We are not allowed to anticipate, participate, in any shape, manner or form," he told supporters earlier this month. "When we finish our prayers, many Muslims you see them preparing themselves for their celebrations to come ... what are we going to do for New Year's Eve tonight? Where are we going to go? Who are we going to watch? Where's the best fireworks at?"