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CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN ISLAM

by I Need Allah

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace
and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Every year, around Christmas time, many Muslims living in the West, wonder what to do about
the holidays, what to tell their children about Christmas and Jesus (peace be upon him) and why
they are different. It is important that Muslim parents teach their children to respect other
people’s beliefs. It is essential to point out the fact that Muslims hate whatever Allah did not
permit, but they do not hate the people of different beliefs. There is always room for people of
other faiths to learn and grow. We do not give up on them. They have their own customs and we
have ours. Allah says in His holy Book, “You have your religion, and I have mine” (The Qur’an
109:6) Teach your children to stay away from mocking the beliefs of other people. Almighty
Allah says, “And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides God, lest they insult
God wrongfully without knowledge. Thus, we have made fair-seeming to each people its own
doings; then to their Lord is their return and He shall then inform them of all that they used to
do” (The Qur’an, 6:108).
Tell Your Kids the Story of Jesus
Inform your child that Christmas comes from the word Christ used to call Jesus Christ. The
“Mass” is a religious ceremony. Christ means “the Messiah” or “messenger” of God. It is an
honorific title. Jesus is known in Arabic as Isa (peace be upon him) as mentioned in the Qur’an.
Muslims have the utmost respect for the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). Every time Muslims
mention the name Jesus, they add “Peace be upon him. In the Qur’an, the name of Prophet Jesus
is mentioned five times more than the name of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)
Impress upon your child that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is important in both Islam and
Christianity. However, there are major differences in what we believe happened to him.
Read the passages in the Qur’an pertaining to Jesus (peace be upon him) and his mother, Mary.
Go to the third chapter of the Qur’an called “The Family Of Imran” and also go to the nineteenth
chapter of the Qur’an called “Maryam.”
The Qur’an, like the Bible, confirms that Jesus (peace be upon him) was born from a mother but
not from a father. It confirms that Jesus’ birth was miraculous.
Both Christians and Muslims believe Jesus (peace be upon him) performed many miracles
during his life. The Qur’an says that he (peace be upon him) healed the blind and the leper and
was also able to raise the dead with the help of Allah.
The Bible agrees with the Qur’an on the miracles but does not mention that Jesus spoke in his
cradle neither does the Bible mention Jesus could breathe life into a bird made of clay.
“They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.” (The Qur’an 4:156).

Celebrate Our Muslim Identity
One way to help children to be proud of being Muslim is to let them know there is nothing
wrong to be different. Christmas sets make some kids feel left out, but when parents educate
they about the root of this religious occasion and tell them more about the message of Prophet
Jesus, they will become aware of their faith, and hence their identity.
Teaching them about Jesus (peace be upon him) at an early age and letting them know the
difference between Christians’ and Muslims’ beliefs, will empower them with the ability to tell
people about these differences with confidence.
Encourage your children to say proudly, “I’m a Muslim.”
Finally, let your child know that a growing number of practicing Christians do not really
celebrate Christmas.

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