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Christmas for Muslims? - 2 by Nayzak Christmas for Muslims? - 2 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

I got several people asking me about Christmas and what should Muslim response be to this event. so here is the reply:

First part:


:bulletred: Bid'ah: Religious Innovation
Before any discussion on the origin of holidays such as Christmas, it is important to define a term called bid'ah.
A bid'ah is any invention, creation or addition of any religious matter, which was not found in the original teachings.
The Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- once said: "He who innovates something in this matter of ours (religion), will have it rejected."
To illustrate the bid'ah involved in Christmas, simple questions beg asking. Did Jesus -peace be upon him- celebrate his birthday? Did his mother, Mary -peace be upon her-? Did his disciples? The answer, of course, is no.

To believe that Jesus -peace be upon him- came with the full truth, and to then add or delete from his message is to mix truth with falsehood. Christmas finds its origins in pagan rites and rituals. I have heard Christian learned men and leaders acknowledging the true origins of Easter and Christmas, but putting it off as "all in good fun." So, I ask, would Jesus -peace be upon him- approve of mixing his teachings with those of the pagans?


:bulletred: Solstice Celebrations:

From Babylon to Rome, for thousands of years, virtually every culture has had some sort of celebration for the solstice. The winter solstice is the darkest, shortest day of the year, and since it marks the time at which the glorious light returns, the solstice has long been an occasion for great celebration and rejoicing.
On the surface, the solstice celebration is often a rejoicing of the return of the sun with the promise of the greening of the earth and the warming of the days. But on a deeper spiritual level, the solstice celebration honors the birth and rebirth of the glorious Holy Light which guides and sustains all of creation, the One Light that illuminates every heart and promises new growth, the warmth of loving-kindness and the brilliance of illumination to all of mankind.

The sun god Mithra was highly honored and well known across the entire region from India to Rome. The Romans had a great number of temples dedicated to Mithra, and the winter solstice celebration dedicated to the sun god Mithra was indeed a major event in their lives.
In the ancient world, much of the day to day life was centered on a keen awareness of the sun, the stars and the seasons. For thousands of years, the return of the sun at the time of the winter solstice has been a time of good cheer and great celebration, both secular and spiritual.


:bulletred: What about early Christians:

The early Christians did not celebrate the birth of Jesus. The early church fathers Origen, St. Irenaeus, and Tertullian do not include Christmas or its date on their lists of feasts and celebrations.
In fact, nobody really knows when Jesus was born. Many modern scholars, using the details given in the bible, suggest that Jesus' birthday was likely before October or after March. So, although we don't know when Jesus was born, it seems quite unlikely that it was on December 25th.


:bulletred: What about Muslims:

a Muslim can't enjoin in any aspect of Christmas in the disguise that "Jesus is our Prophet too; we are just honoring him by celebrating Christmas". We should recognize the Bid’ah of Christmas and the Prophet's warning that all Bid’ah should be rejected. Therefore, accepting Christmas invitations, attending Christmas parties, buying small plastic Christmas trees to please the kids (some Muslims actually do) should be avoided.
By greeting Christians with 'merry Christmas' we are legitimizing Christmas. We are supporting those who celebrate it. and this is hypocrisy. In Islam, there are no compromises, there is no hypocrisy. therefore, each Muslim has to make himself/herself clear and easy to understand. stating that we Muslims do not celebrate Christmas could open doors of dialogue and could be a good chance for the Muslim to talk about Islam and for the non-Muslim to understand the Islamic perspective on the subject. After all, tolerance is all about understanding...


I hope this was beneficial.

for more about Islam and Christmas:
- Christmas - For Muslims? [link]
- What Every Muslim Should Know About Christmas [link]
- Do Muslims Celebrate Easter and Christmas? [link]


if I am right, it is from the God. If I am wrong, it is from myself.
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Gromitzy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OR you could just say "Merry Christmas to you too"
Nowadays, Christmas isn't a religious holidays. These days, it's just an excuse to be nice to one another & spend time with your family. 

Here in Sweden, atheists (roughly 85% of the population), Chistians & a lot of Muslims celebrate Christmas. Not nessecarily because they want to praise any god, but because it's just pleasant. 
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PesadillaCreciente Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Then why do muslims are often offended? In some countries they moved to, they don't want Christmas to be, you know, public. and not only christmas! They don't want to sell pork (just because they don't eat it, doesn't mean other people don't eat it) and they even wanted Real Madrid to get rid of the cross in their club logo! That's insane!
If you want to live in other countries you don't come from, respect its religion, traditions and law. If you don't want to - you should leave. Adapt or get the hell out.
By "you" i don't mean yourself, but many muslims who do such crazy things. 
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V-Cyan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student
They did :o?!
I'm a Muslim and I find this offensive 😡
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PesadillaCreciente Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they did. 
And there is more: recently happened something horrible.
In Denmark, there was a girl who came with her boyfriend to her parents home for Christmas Eve.
And when they were walking through the district inhabitet mostly by Muslims, a group of teenagers attacked them for no reason. They beated her boyfriend and the girl in the face with chains they have in their hands.
Here's the photo girl show on the internet after the attack:  static.bezuzyteczna.pl/static/…
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V-Cyan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student
I don't know what to say. . . so unislamic and inhuman :(
I live in a country where the majority are Muslims(and Arabic) but Christmas is an official holiday, even shops TV and radio become Christmas themed and no one is complaining.
Those who do things like that better get their punishment before they die.
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PesadillaCreciente Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I hope they will be punished soon.
anyway, thanks for the chat, it is good to know something more about other cultures :D 
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:iconv-cyan:
V-Cyan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student
Thank you too, it's good to see people with paper understanding:)
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cadencerox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This person is a very good person
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kiramekiyukihito Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
now i know.....
thank you for telling~~
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elessal Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student
for me chrismas never was related to religion. just a wonderful day when kids receive gifts, a lot of episodes and movies in tv that never appear if is not charisma, spending time with family, having a wonderful dinner and fireworks.
would a muslim be okay to spent a chrismas with atheist friends that only practice what is for them a cultural tradition with no religious meaning?
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:iconv-cyan:
V-Cyan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student
My knowledge is only basic, but I don't see a problem as long as nothing hold a religious meaning :).

I hope someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Actually, true Christians shouldn't even celebrate Christmas, which is something the corrupt Roman Catholic system cooked up in order to convert more to Catholicism (which, of course, isn't even Christianity at all).
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:iconillykitty:
illykitty Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Would it be acceptable to say Happy Holidays? Or something similar? My family is non-Muslim so... It's a little awkward!
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:iconnayzak:
Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I believe I answered your question in the above article. please read it and you'll find your answer.
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FaceTheWorldDude Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Don't the muslim scholars have different opinion about this? some says it is permissible and some says it is haraam. 
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MichaelHoweArts Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I appreciate the gentle discussion of the comic.  Thanks!
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooo, by the sound of it, it's tolerant for Christians to acknowledge that you don't celebrate Christmas, but it's not intolerant for you to refuse to acknowledge and de-legitimize Christmas because it happens to be another faith's holiday, seems awfully hypocritical.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
New visitor, you're just playing with words.
we have the right to acknowledge whatever we want and we have the right not to acknowledge whatever we don't want. just like you have the right to acknowledge whatever you want and you have the right not to acknowledge whatever you don't want.
we are not asking you not to celebrate your festivals. we are not asking you to acknowledge our choice of not acknowledging your festival. we are just explaining the reasons why we do not acknowledge other people's festival (which is our right) for one who wants to understand Islam and Muslims.
if you think you have the right not to acknowledge whatever you don't want and we don't have that right, then it's you who is hypocritical.
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What the heck are you talking about, Nayzak? Where in my comment did I say that you have no right to acknowledge what you want and I do? Seriously, where? I can't find it. I'm not asking you to celebrate my holiday, I'm just asking you to recognize and acknowledge that others do not share your beliefs.  On another note, by explaining to me why you don't acknowledge Christmas you are acknowledging it's existence. (sarcasm)Also if it's totally fine to refuse to acknowledge other people's festivals I guess I'll just chow down on a bagel or something in front of a Muslim during Ramadan, I mean it's not my festival so why should I bother acknowledging it? (end of sarcasm). If I seem rude it's only because I feel your artists comments are belittling my beliefs. 
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
"I'm just asking you to recognize and acknowledge that others do not share your beliefs."
it appears there is a misunderstanding here. I do recognize that and acknowledge your right to choose and practice your beliefs freely. I do recognize and acknowledge that you have all the freedom to celebrate your festivals. we do accept the existence of these festivals because it's a fact. but what we do not accept is the religious legitimacy of these festival according to Islam. that's why we do not celebrate them.
I, as a Muslim, do not consider Christmas a day I should celebrate. I do not celebrate other religious festivals. and this is my freedom. but I never bother other people from other religions who choose to celebrate it.
Ramadan is for Muslims. a non-Muslim is not required to celebrate it, so if you decide to eat bread or anything else, that doesn't offend us at all. after all, it's your freedom. :D
I'm not belittling your beliefs in the article above since I'm talking about my own belief: ISLAM.
peace
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not asking you to celebrate it, at all. I like your comics but I find you calling my holiday an "Anything but holy insult to God," very insulting, it's why I reacted so strongly in the first place.
peace   
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
"but I find you calling my holiday an "Anything but holy insult to God""
Well, I believe Christmas is anything but holy. that's why I said it. I have the right to believe whatever I want. and I have the right to say what I believe in my own page.
and it's not an insult to God if I call an unholy thing "unholy".
but I'm willing to take back what I said and apologize if and only if you prove to me and show me that Christmas is holy from the very words of your God. in other words, if you can show me, from scripture, that the God almighty himself decreed that Christmas is holy.
if you cannot, then don't expect me to consider your holiday as holy. you may consider it holy. that's your right. but I only consider holy what the God himself considers holy. period. :D and that's my right.
peace
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This isn't about what's holy and what isn't, this is about being considerate of others feelings and beliefs. I would be perfectly within my rights to call someone a jerk and an idiot if I believed they were but I don't (usually, I'm not going to claim that I've never insulted anyone) because it's mean and makes me look rude and inconsiderate. Frankly I just want to wrap up this debate, neither of us seem willing to change our positions and we're crowding the comments, if you want to continue debating feel free to shoot me a note or something.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
"This isn't about what's holy and what isn't, this is about being considerate of others feelings and beliefs."
being considerate doesn't mean I have to admire, approve and adopt your belief. did you see me insulting your beliefs and asking you not to practice them? of course not. I do believe in freedom of belief and in coexistence. but I have all the right to express my opinion regarding your beliefs just like you have right to express yours on mine. I didn't go to Christian webpages and bother them about my own opinions or my religious opinions regarding Christian practices. I'm doing that in my page and I'm being very respectful and considerate here. there are some who would be even rude or offensive in expressing their opinions.

"I would be perfectly within my rights to call someone a jerk and an idiot if I believed they were but I don't (usually, I'm not going to claim that I've never insulted anyone) because it's mean and makes me look rude and inconsiderate."
I didn't call anybody names. proof is that there are many Christians watching me. if I were disrespectful like what you claim, they would have complained. the way I see it is that you want people to see your religion the way you see it. and this is impossible.

"Frankly I just want to wrap up this debate, neither of us seem willing to change our positions and we're crowding the comments, if you want to continue debating feel free to shoot me a note or something."
I'm not debating with you. I am defending my opinion. and I don't think there is need to continue because there is no point. I don't think one of us will convince the other. so I prefer to say "you have your way and I have mine" and peace be with you.
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AmiLF Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
We all should Celebrate with Jesus at the same time, that's my opionin, that's true we all have our believes, but always have Love from Jesus, because he love us more and more ^_^
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
you may celebrate if you like. but we Muslims do not believe we have to celebrate Christmas. this day has nothing to do with Jesus -peace be upon him-. and this was explained in the article above.

I do not believe we have Love from Jesus -peace be upon him-. Jesus was just a prophet like other prophets. he only delivered the message. the Love we have is from the God Almighty. the one who sent Jesus -peace be upon him-. :D

peace.
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AmiLF Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I do understand, most people don't celebrate christmas anymore, but I do understand, We all do have our Believes, and like I said, I don't judge people of their believe, And yes I Believe God is almighty, and have the amazing Love, That the Lord has shown us all.

and I do understand of your believe and I am not against of your believe

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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
then peace be to you :hug:
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:iconamilf:
AmiLF Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yay!! :tighthug: You're so amazing ^_^, and your art is amazing too I love your beautiful talent ^_^
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OkraFaeq Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice ^[]^
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Numanom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Your style is so adorable, I love it!^^
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Yu-X-2231 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ĚŇÇß God reward bro to sensitize others about God and Jesus
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extreme-otaku77 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
We need this more in the world :)
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Qiaros Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So cute~
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IReallyWannaKnow Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because this is a situation that many Muslims encounter, it is good that you bring up these points. That said, I disagree with your conclusion based solely on this fact: that a great man and a great scholar who studied the intricacies of Islam for longer than both you and I, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, would surely have disagreed with you. When Khomeini was exiled to France, he would give candy and small gifts to his Christian neighbors on Christmas. Of course it was clear to them that he himself did not celebrate Christmas (nor Muslims in general), but to be kind to and acknowledge people of other monotheistic religions is the first step in spreading the peace and love of Islam. Plus he appreciated how welcoming his French neighbors were when he was not welcome in his own country at the time, so this was a small gesture to show that. And because he was a prominent and pious scholar and I am not, I follow his example and agree with his logic before coming up with my own conclusions.

Where does the problem lie? In saying the word Christmas?

Is because saying the word Christmas acknowledges the fact that this holiday exists the reason why Muslims shouldn't say it?

Would it be equally as blasphemous to say "I hope you don't have a Merry Christmas?"

The point is, the holiday exists and because Christians are specially close to Muslims in humanity (they are People of the Book), I do indeed wish them to have a Merry, Wonderful, Happy, Christmas.

:peace:
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notepaddoodler Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Ah, how nice it would be for people to be as understanding as these two boys.
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But Turks in my city celebate Christmas... with tree and stuff. I guess it is all bout assiimilation and the power of shopping
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KarrieDreammind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't call someone who doesn't celebrate a holiday intolerant. Living in Holland, while I'm actually Bulgarian forced me to get used to the idea that I am missing many of our own holidays and that there are very few local holidays to celebrate.

But maybe for this reason, or not, I still love celebrating holidays because it is fun to celebrate and because usually at that time all people become more warm and happy and it makes me feel happy too. Therefore when I hear somebody tell me they don't celebrate some of the biggest and most fun holidays I find it a pity, purely because they are missing out on the fun and enjoyment, shared with all the people
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AmuChanDC Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Artist
Givin duah ( I dunno how to spell it ) eh?? XD
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AisuMaruu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah such friendship~
Peace from both religion :D
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ChantasticlyMe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Im a Jehovah's Witness and these are the same reasons we dont celebrate Christmas. Im very appreciative to the people that actually try to understand why we dont instead of immediately telling us that we are wrong or intolerant. Love your art also! :)
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AqiRiko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yipeee!! Alhamdulillah!! This is a veeeeery great way to tell them why we Muslims didn't celebrate even greetings christmas on them! Alhamdulillah!! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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floatingWhiteFalcon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Oh this is sooo annoying... All these 'Merry Christmas'-greetings are so... argh! And if one tell them that Muslims don't celebrate Christmas they're looking like you told them that the sky is green. :roll:

And I can't stop feeling trolled because they give their greeting to a Hijabi... :facepalm:
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Alceon112 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
[link]

So it seems there is 2 conflicting views on christmas based on this news...what do you think about it?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
There are always different opinions regarding everything.
in Islam, when we have different conflicting opinions, we should always return to the Qur'an and the Hadith. and we have to choose the opinion which seems the safest and the closest to our prophet's teachings.
between congratulating the non-believers and not congratulating them, not congratulating them seems the safest and the one supported by Islamic teachings. beside, it is the opinion agreed upon by the majority of Muslim scholars.

those who support Muslims wishing Merry Christmas, in my opinion, are the scholars who seem more affected by Western way of life and want to compromise in order to help Muslims integrate with non-Muslims. but even if they have a good intention, I do not believe they are right in the means.
and the God knows best.
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InnocentArcticFox Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I know someone who REALLY needs to see this, she claims to hate racism yet she constantly insults Muslims. -_-
Anyway, thank you for explaining this to me :) If you don't mind my asking what do Muslims celebrate? I believe that you have a holiday called Ramadan(sp?) if I am not mistaken, though I am not sure when it occurs.

Personally, I always just say "Happy Holidays" :/ since the majority of religions have some sort of celebration around this time of year (my athiests friend celebrate the winter solstice) so I'm less likely to offend anyone
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Maclafel7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ramadan is from a lunar calendar, so it does not always occur at the same time of year.
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Shining-Galaxy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) You have extremely cute drawings.
2) I wish life was this simple and that people wouldn't get so bloody offended if someone just so happens to have a different religion than them. I don't get why it's such a big deal if someone has a different religion I really don't.

I, personally, celebrate Christmas and all other of those types of holidays because that's how I was brought up. However, I'm an apatheist; who if, any of you don't know, is someone who is not interested in accepting or denying any claims that gods exist or do not exist. In other words, an apatheist is someone who considers the question of the existence of gods as neither meaningful nor relevant to his or her life.

And I believe Eminen has said it best: You be nice to be; and I'll be nice to you To me, if I like someone I don't focus on their religion. I focus on personality.

Anyway, I went off on tangent, didn't I? Oops! LOL, anyway, amazing drawing. So cute. So, instead of saying "Merry Christmas" I'll just say. I hope you have a good one :D
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Coora Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I friggin love you dood :hug:
first time ive ever met someone else with this view point ;-; I felt so alone before......
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Shining-Galaxy Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! I'm loved :hug:
Oh yeah? A few of my friends on here have that same type of view as well. Just letting you know that you are not alone.
:hug:
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