I got several people asking me about Christmas and what should Muslim response be to this event. so here is the reply:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a Muslim and I find this offensive 😡
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/…
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.
thank you for telling~~
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?
I hope someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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.
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.
I'm not belittling your beliefs in the article above since I'm talking about my own belief: ISLAM.
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. and that's my right.
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.
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-.
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
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.
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
Peace from both religion
And I can't stop feeling trolled because they give their greeting to a Hijabi...
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.
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
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