by Nadieh Esmaeil
A couple of days ago , one of my colleagues wished me a “Merry Christmas” as she was about to leave for her holidays .I answered her with a happy smile-which did not satisfy her. I could tell she was waiting for me to return the same greeting, and she probably thought (and still thinks) how rude I am. Today I am going to explain why I didn’t and can’t wish her or any other person a merry Christmas.
I take great pride in the fact that I am a Muslim and I practice my religion to the best of my ability. Although Islam teaches us to share other peoples’ feelings-whether it is happiness or sadness, we are not allowed to celebrate or greet anyone Christmas. This is simply because we reject the concept of trinity. The act of ascribing partners to God, whether they are sons, daughters, or other partners, is considered to be blasphemous in Islam. As I have stated in an earlier post, the main principle of Islam is based on “Tawheed”- the belief in the Oneness of God (Allah).Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus-the son of God who is associated with Him as part of his divinity. This is severely condemned by Allah in the Holy Quran. Allah forgives all sins except “Shirk “which is the association of a deity to his Almighty. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“People of the Book, do not commit excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary , was nothing more than a messenger of God and His word which he directed to Mary and a soul (created at a command)from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and do not speak of a ‘Trinity’ – stop, that is better for you-God is only one God, He is far above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah (God) as Disposer of affairs.”(Quran 4:171)
We Muslims believe that Jesus – peace be upon him- is a messenger of God, and regard him as a very important prophet; but do not believe him to be divine. We do not believe he was crucified either.
“When God says, ‘Jesus, son of Mary’, did you say to people, “Take me and my mother as two gods alongside God”? He will say, “May You be exalted! I would never say what I had no right to say –if I had said such a thing, You would have known it: You know all that is within me, though I do not know what is within You. You alone have full knowledge of things unseen”” (Quran 5:116)
I hope this helps you understand my position and although I cannot greet you a happy Christmas please know that I pray to God to give you good health, peace and happiness everyday of the year.
This post of mine might confuse some of you who have had Muslims greeting them a happy Christmas. Unfortunately many Muslims aren’t aware of this matter and some of them don’t care or know how sinful it is, therefore it is best to learn and follow Islam according to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the prophets rather than the followers since no one is perfect.