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Santa is not real, says mufti Süleyman Yeniçeri. DHA photo

Santa is not real, says mufti Süleyman Yeniçeri. DHA photo

Santa Claus does not exist, the mufti of the northwestern district of Keşan said today, adding that even if he did, he was not of decent character since he entered houses through chimneys instead of doors.

"It is not known if Santa Claus really lived," Mufti Süleyman Yeniçeri said. "They speak of a place and say he lived there. But it is actually a character invented by the Christian world.”

"Santa Claus enters homes through chimneys and windows, but he would have entered homes through the door if he was a decent person," Yeniçeri said. “We enter homes through doors. The Quran tells us to enter homes through doors. Why would he enter through the chimney?"

The mufti also said Saint Nicholas, whom the Santa Claus persona was believed to be based on, was also a made-up person and a legend.   

'New year' a Christian tradition 

Yeniçeri said new year's celebrations had no place in Turkish culture and that such events came from Christianity.  

"Celebrating an event that originated from Christianity means striving to become like them," Yeniçeri said. "Why would we ever want to live like them? Do they want to become like us?"  

Yeniçeri said Christmas was not a Muslim holiday and said it would be dangerous if one said, "I want to live like a Christian." 

"If one wants to have fun because others do, we need to look into the notion of entertainment. One becomes a sinner if entertainment involves drinking wine and alcohol,” he said.

December/27/2011

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illawarrior hill

8/17/2012 5:17:59 AM

Next you will be said that the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny aren't real either!!! Never mind, Bruce Willis will save us all!

Jake Olson

1/25/2012 8:52:24 AM

This genius has dealt a strategic blow to one of the great world religions. I'd like to see Christianity respond to his well-reasoned arguments.

James Colley

1/10/2012 9:51:44 AM

Ah ha! This is why Turkey wants internet filters. Otherwise Turks would learn Santa Clause originated in ancient Myra, Lycia - today part of modern Turkey. He was a bishop who became St Nicholas - a kind man who never entered via any chimney.

C. Litho

1/10/2012 9:10:20 AM

The kindly ideals of Saint Nicholas did exist in a Southern Turkish town. Many Muslims I know have the same humble goodness, which proves that we are all Gods children with the capacity for Good no matter what label we put on each other.

mark fitzgibbon

1/7/2012 7:48:30 PM

err...regardless of who he represents the mufti is an idiot....christmas or noel is for kids - not pompous backward middle-aged men whoever they may be...

Oz_man .

1/1/2012 5:11:34 AM

Newsflash this is the opinion of a Mufti, Santa Claus is a myth madeup in the Western World. The Mufti is basically stating a basic fact. If you don't like it I got some simple advice, ignore it rather than making anti Turkish comments.

Hitch Kurd

12/31/2011 9:18:58 PM

What a miserable looking sod. Give him a lolly pop before he starts crying and lashing our at fairies and unicorns as well.

Nata Zhaka

12/31/2011 8:07:02 AM

This mufti is dangerous not for the Christians but for the Muslims that listen to this kind of naive explanations. This 'us' and 'them' is disturbing. An organized religion that divides people is not a true religion. Religion is about love and peace

David Cuthell

12/27/2011 11:51:28 PM

I can only hope that some kind soul will take poor Suleyman out for some demli cay and lend him a copy of Hokkabaz in order to cheer him up!

Michael Wray

12/27/2011 10:54:49 PM

What a humourless, joyless, jerk.
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