The head of National (Wataniya) Coalition Ayad Allawi
denounced the extreme fatwas that incite violence against the
"We appeal to everyone to resort to peace, integration, respect and to [contribute to] the establishing of national unity, and thwarting any attempt to revive the sectarian project," Allawi stated,
The Iraqi Mufti Mahdi al-Sumaidaie claimed that Islam prohibits celebrating the new year or congratulating others for this occasion.
Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi on Tuesday congratulated Christians in Iraq and around the world on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year, wishing them and all Iraqis a new year full of prosperity and peace.
"I extend my sincere congratulations to the Christian brothers in Iraq and the world on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Year's Day, and hope that they will enjoy stability and a decent life in a secure Iraq with unity and harmony among all its sects and components," Halbousi said in a statement.
Halbousi added that such occasions are more special this year, as they coincide with the first anniversary of the liberation of Iraq from ISIS. He also called for sticking to unity to promote peaceful co-existence between all segments and components of the Iraqi people.