Today (25th December 2013) I have had a wonderful day. The family were all together (because everyone’s off work), the young children were running around enjoying each other’s company, we had a big breakfast together (eggs, hash browns, beans, toast, bagels, pannatoni!), played family friendly games, ate snacks and then finished off the day with a big meal of roast turkey, beef, vegetables, cheesecake, Eton mess and lots and lots of chocolate! So was I celebrating Christmas or was I making the most of the fact that we were able to be together on a national holiday? The number of posts on FB and tweets I’ve seen today about the “haraam” festival of Christmas have made my head spin! Have I been a bad Muslim because I’ve given Christmas presents and cards to my Christian friends? Will I be doomed to spend eternity in the pit of hell because I have sent Merry Christmas texts and emails and (sin of sins!) worn a Santa hat whilst roasting my turkey?! The number of quranic verses and Hadith that have been taken out of context and used to tell me I’m wrong to do all the above is staggering. Do I think any of the things I’ve partaken in today or over the last week are wrong?
No I don’t.
As I have said so many times over the last few days, Islam is a religion and a complete way of life based on the principles of peace, justice, mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Principles so many Muslims seem to forget when it suits them. The God I worship is the Most Kind, the Ever-Forgiving, the Wise, the Watchful and the Utterly Just.
Christians are People of the Book. By wishing them Merry Christmas does not reduce my Imaan in anyway. If anything it surely strengthens my relationship with them and my creator! In order to achieve peace among different communities, Islam preached against the abusing of idols and other objects of worship of other people. The Holy Quran says: “Do not abuse those whom they worship besides Allah” (6:109). And Christians worship the same One God!
So have I celebrated Christmas or made the most of a day which happens to be 25th December?
Good night friends, family, friends of family and friends of friends. I hope your day has been as wonderful as mine – whatever you’ve done whatever you choose to call it!
“Do not argue with the people of the scripture (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) except in the nicest possible manner – unless they transgress – and say, “We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you, and our God and your God is one and the same; to Him we are submitters.” (29:46)