Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

There is an opinion amongst some Muslims that we should not congratulate non-Muslims on their festivals and celebrations. It can be a convincing argument, but I don't agree with it. It is (albeit inaccurately) the celebration of the birth of Jesus, regardless of what different people make him out to be, and that is no wrong thing when I also celebrate the birthday of Muhammad. There is also the idea that since it is celebrated on the 25th of December that it is rooted in pagan festivals. The Ummayad Mosque was once a church and also used to be a Roman temple to their god Jupiter, does that mean we should not pray there? Why should a date in the year be treated differently from the site of an ancient pagan temple? The, mostly Wahhabi, argument does not hold in my opinion. So I would like to wish all my readers a merry Christmas albeit a few days early.


kinzi said...

Maysalon, I want to thank you for wishing us a Merry Christmas. After living in Jordan 16 years, and having been greeted on my holidays, by many, it was only a few months ago I heard of this trend.

Not only 'don't do it', but also, that it is kufr to do so.

Maysaloon said...

Hello Kinzi,
Yes I've heard that label and it is sad and ignorant to say such a thing. Almost definitely a Salafi habit!

Lirun said...

being nice shouldnt ever be seen as bad