Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Celebrating Christmas..??


originally posted by Imran Ayub

· Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates “the birth” of Jesus (Peace be upon him). However, there is no Scriptural evidence of Christmas in the Bible [1]. As discussed earlier, birthdays is not a tradition of Muslims or the People of the Book, but rather a pagan tradition, based on myth an superstition, much like Halloween, for example

· Origins:- The Romans had a pagan feast called 'saturnalia' that was observed during the early part of winter [2], what we now call 'December', and its heathen[3] feast and practices fell towards the end of the month. In 313 CE [4], when Paul came to the Romans and the NEW Christianity was formed [5] they decided to mix the roman traditional feast with new Christianity so as to make people aware of and become Christians [6]. It was someone called Pope Gregory The First around 600 CE., who specifically instructed Augustine, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to adapt existing local religious (pagan or otherwise) customs and practices to Christian usage.

· In addition, many places in the bible Indicated that 25th December is actually may NOT be when Jesus (Peace be upon him) was born[7].

· But most Christians know that Christmas is not part of the Christian Tradition, so why do they do it?

· They reason they do it is because it’s become a custom. You could call it an "innovation" or Bid’ah, in the Religion of Jesus (Peace be upon him)

· And Santa Claus, was a from the story of someone called Saint Nicholas [8] and eventually the person we see today (red jacked white beard) as Santa Claus was a creation of the Coca Cola Company. He has no connection to Christianity. He was just an invention and a marketing tool for those who wish to sell products on Christmas. All stories of his are lies that parents made up to explain to their intuitive children who wanted to where this mysterious man came from and where he lives. This brings up the question of the effect of lying to kids (at an age where they are learning) by their parents…

· Can Muslims celebrate Christmas ? No[9], The evidence of which is below:-

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ' (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliyâ' to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliyâ', then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers and unjust).” [10]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Whomever imitates the kuffar is one of them. [11]

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’” [12]

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also. We said: Allah's Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)" those before you"? He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)? [13]


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[1] and Jesus (Peace be upon him) never celebrated it and it was never practised for 300 years after Jesus (Peace be upon him) either!

[2] The Introduction of Christmas into Christianity. [http://www.abcog. org/xmas. htm]

[3] Literally means "heath-dweller" , and refers to practitioners of the Norse pagan faith. [www.winterscapes. com/uppsala/ glossary. htm]

[4] CE means Christian Era. We don’t say AD because AD means Anno Domini, or The Year of Our Lord and WE don’t see Jesus as “Lord”.

[5] Paul was a late Christian who actually abandoned jesus first. Then later, he travelled to rome after Jesus died, and He and the roman leader, Constantine, Decided to make all romans Christians, and to do this, Christianity had to change. So it was then when the Christians changed their beliefs from Jesus being a Prophet to Jesus being God. And It was then when the bible was compiled and ALL other books were removed, why? They decided it themselves!! So how can it be the word of Allah?

[6] It’s was like a da’wah event for them, and so is the story “passion of the Christ” – it was too used “sell” Christianity to the pagans

[7] Was Jesus (peace be upon him) born on december 25? [http://www.abcog. org/dec25. htm]

[8] As legend has it, St. Nicholas was born in A.D. 270 in the ancient Turkish port city of Patara . He became Bishop of a nearby town called Myra (now called Kale), and after a life full of miracles and acts of charity, died on December 6, A.D. 343. He was canonized a saint in the Ninth Century. During this time, the beliefs of Christianity blended with the existing religious heritage of its converts. The holy days of the Christmas season were celebrated side-by-side with many local feasts and festivals.. By the 13th Century, French nuns celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas by leaving food at the doors of the poor. As his legend grew, the feast of St. Nicholas became a day of gift giving in Germany and Holland . Shortly thereafter, St. Nicholas became associated with Christmas and the birth of Christ. [http://www2. coca-cola. com/heritage/ cokelore_ santa.html]

[9] For more Details, refer to:-
http://www.ahmadjib ril.com/articles /infidels. html, http://www.islam- qa.com/index.php? ref=7856&ln=eng&txt=christmas, http://www.islamica wakening. com/viewarticle. php?articleID= 632&.

[10] The Noble Qur’an, Al-Ma'idah 5:51

[11] Narrated by Abu Dawoud 4/314 Hadith # 4031; Ahmad In Musnad 2/50; Ibn Taimieh in the Fatawa 25/331 said it is an authentic hadith; Ibn Hajar mentioned it in Fateh Albary 6/98; Alsuty Narrated it in Jame Sagheer and said its chain of authenticity is good. 1/590

[12] Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Libaas, 3512. Al-Albaani said in Saheeh Abi Dawood, (it is) hasan saheeh. No. 3401

[13] Sahih Muslim, Book 034, Number 6448

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