Christmas season is on and shopping and greetings are in full swing. Muslims appear to be caught up in this feast too. Those in the west are surrounded by the festive mood where as those not in western countries do not want to be left behind so christmas greetings start making rounds as well.
But has anybody stopped for a second and thought what is Christmas, what it is about and why is it celebrated and why it should be celebrated? hardly any!
Pagan Origins of Christmas
Jesus (pbuh) was NOT born on 25th December. He was not born in winters at all! So what in the world is being celebrated in December?
According to established facts which I wrote here, 25th december was the day of the birth of Roman Sun god and it was called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti “The Birthday of the unconquered sun”. Many other sun gods like Syrian Elah-Gabal, Sol and persian Mithras were also worshipped on this day. Apart from this, there were many other pagan rituals attached to this day which you can read about here. Even the christmas tree has its roots in Roman pagan rituals.
How Dies Natalis Solis Invicti came to be associated with the birth of Jesus (pbuh) is a mystery but early christians who converted from paganism to chritianity probably were the ones to link the two together without any proof or reference. They did not want to leave their colorful feastive pagan rituals, they christianized them.
Christians should not celebrate Christmas
Thus Christmas is nothing but a pagan festival celebrating the birth of their sun god. Christians should NOT celebrate it. It has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ(pbuh). They should not bring in a Christmas Tree beacause that too was the symbol of pagan tree-worship ritual celebrating winter solstice. They should take heed of their ancient Theologian Origen. In 245, Origen denounced the idea of celebrating Christ’s birthday “as if he were a king pharaoh“. He contended that only sinners, not saints, celebrated their birthdays.
Muslims following Christians straight into a lizard’s den
Muslims living in the west and even those in Muslim countries do not feel any qualms celebrating Christmas or wishing each other merry christmas. Their justification, there is no harm in wishing their christian freinds or collegues.
Hold on a moment and think about what exactly are you congratulating them for?
– Jesus (pbuh) was never born this day, so no point in congratulating them for something which never happened!
Being Muslims one should know that Prophet Isa (as) (Jesus) was born in summers.
Allah Tala says in the Quran in chapter Maryam:
– their stupidity for following pagan rituals? celebrating birth of roman sun gods and worshiping Christmas trees?
Are you going to congratulate them for celebrating pagan gods birthdays, which goes against the basic teachings of Christianity?
If you still insist on celebrating and wishing Christmas greetings then be well aware that you are blindly following the Christians straight into a lizards den!
The Prophet said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure(a kind of lizard), you would follow them.” We said, “O Allah’s Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians ?” He said, “Whom else?” (Bukhari: Vol 009, Book 092, Hadith 422.)
The Prophet said, “The Hour will not be established till my followers copy the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch).” It was said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you mean by those (nations) the Persians and the Romans?” The Prophet said, “Who can it be other than they?”
The best thing to do would be to tell them that Christmas is a pagan festival and not Christian and give them full references and websites for them to do further research.