Muslims celebrating Christmas
Christmas is not a Muslim holiday, therefore, Muslim countries do not celebrate it. Muslims in the United States often request that their children not attend Christmas functions at school because the belief of Jesus, peace be upon him, being the son of God runs directly against the core Muslim belief.
However, in a world where Muslims and Christians both are present, how should Muslims react? The Prophet of God, peace and b2lessings be upon him, was faced with this question when he established the first peace sanctuary of Madinah, where the majority of the people were not Muslims.
“Najran has the protection of God and the pledges of Muhammad, the Prophet, to protect their (the Christians’) lives, faith, land, property, those who are absent and those who are present, and their clan and allies. They need not change anything of their past customs.
It was this historical commitment towards people of other faiths that formed the ideals of Islam regarding other faith groups in their midst, whether they were Christian, Jews, Sun worshipers, or Hindus.
We the Muslims are proud of our religion that was revealed to us by Allah and are thankful that Allah has chosen us for his religion.
The Prophet said as reported in a sound Hadith: “Who imitates non-Muslims he is one of them” [Imams Ahmad and Abu Dawood].
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