In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious and the All Compassionate by Fareeda.

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious and the All Compassionate

The holiday season is around the corner. Muslims thriving in Western countries are to a certain extent affected by western culture and consider taking part in celebrations of the non-believers an innocous pastime.

Currently,Christmas has become a mutual fulfillment rather than a religious orientated festival.

During this period, shopping malls, manufacturers and menchants are aggressively planning to make millions by offering storewide bargains etc.

Some facts about Christmas:-

What is Christmas?

Christmas is a manifestation of a paganic culture much of course has no relation to islamic customs. The widely accepted notion of Christians is Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Although Dec, 25th is taken to be the birthday of Jesus.Unfortunately, there are no strong biblical or historical evidences conforming this practices.

Christmas Tree:

The christmas tree was believed to have special powers to ward off evil spirits. The end of December marked the period of the return of warmth and the defeat of cold and darkness.

Santa Claus:

The word” Santa Claus” appears no where in the bible. Nevertheless, St Nicholas was a bishop, who was born 300 after Jesus(PBUH).ccording to legend he was extremely kind and went out at night to distribute presents to the needy. After his death on the 6th of Dec., school boys in Europe celebrated a feast day every year on the anniversary of his death. Queen Victoria later changed the celebration date from Dec. 6th to Dec. 24th eve.

Thus Christmas is an innovation (bidah) in their religion, associating it with Santa Claus, and changing the original date of death anniversary of Saint Nicholas are further deviations.

Islam’s Stance on Christmas:

Christmas is deeply rooted in the worship of the Creation rather than the Creator. A muslim cannot approve such beliefs of practices.One should understand this type of practices with Kufr and Shirk should be discarded at all times.

Can Muslims celebrate Christams?

One thing should be clear to those who have studied the
Quran carefully. It is the primary responsibility of a Muslim
living in a non-Muslim society to preach and present Islam
through their character and conduct. Islam should be a dominating
force within and around Muslims instead of being a submissive
entity. Islam should stand tall and distinct from un-Islamic ways
for everyone to see, admire and appreciate.

So, there is no need for us to imitate others; our religion is comprehensive in itself and it embraces all that is good. So Muslims are supposed to be the model for others, not vice versa. This is based on the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in which he says:

“He who imitates others is reckoned as one of them.” (Abu Dawud)

How muslims should spend this season?
Make use of this long stretch of holidays to remember Allah with your family and loved ones. If you have not picked up the Book of Allah for ages, its about time you do so. Organize group dhikrs with kith and kin.

Remeber the Prophet (pbuh) said: “He who remembers his Lord and he who does not remember his Lord are like the living and the dead.” – Al-Bukhari, cf., Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 11/208; Muslim 1/539 with the wording “The house in which Allah is remembered and the house in which Allah is not remembered is like the living and the dead.”

As the month of Decemberdraws to a close, let us also pledge to be better Muslims, insha’Allah. Our new year’s eve should not be at a bar or a “party”. Itshould rather be at the prayer rug.

The best word is the Book of Allah, and the best
guidance is the guidance shown by Muhammad (S.A.W.). The worst
practice is the introduction of new elements in the Islamic
faith and every innovation amounts to heresy.” (Muslim, Hadith
Number 170, Riyad Al-Saleheen)

May Allah continue to guide us in the right path, Ameen.

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