muslims & christmas

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    A discussion about Muslims & Christmas is in progress on the Islamic Sydney website.

    Here is a couple of posts - note the use of, **enemies** & **arch-rivals** to describe us, (Jews, Christians & non-believers) - is it any wonder that there is little chance of Muslims getting along with non-muslims in ANY community.

    And Christmas is evil! - HO HO HO!




    muslimbychoice

    Joined: 07 Dec 2002
    Posts: 9
    Location: Australia
    Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2002 2:06 am Post subject:

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    Christmas as the word implies is a purely Christian festival in total contrast to Islamic culture and norm. Nonetheless, many unwary or rather ignorant Muslims support this festival in some form or the other - either actively or passively. Supporting the cause of kufr in whatever way is a heinous crime and a direct onslaught upon Islam and everything it stands for. Similarly, participation in any form of Christmas-related activities is a stepping stone to kufr - hence, vehemently prohibited. Let us now examine the various anti-Islamic customs with regards to Christmas.

    Christmas Cards

    No doubt Islam teaches us courtesy unto Muslims and non-Muslims alike, but this does not mean that our courtesy should stretch beyond the legal boundaries of Shariah. Many assert that since the non-Muslims send cards to us on occasions of Eid, we, on grounds of courtesy are compelled to acknowledge this by sending cards to them on their festive days. However, this assertion is misfounded and totally against the spirit of Islam. We are not compelled to be subservient to the "courteous " gesture of others. Islam as a code of life has undoubtedly shown us the correct etiquette and manners for every occasion. It teaches us every facet of moral behaviour in regard to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. How then can we "borrow" the anti-Islamic characteristic of our **enemies**? Repeatedly the Qur'ân and Ahadith exhort us to refrain form emulating the habits and customs of the Kuffâr - the Jews and Christians in particular. How dare we tread the footsteps of our **arch-rivals** in something that is totally abhorred by Islam? A hadith sternly cautions us against emulating non-Islamic groups. Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam warns: "Whomsoever emulates a nation is of them." From this we deduce that emulating (tashabbuh) the kuffâr is harâm (totally prohibited) in regards to religious and social habits which are confined to them only.
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    muslimbychoice

    Joined: 07 Dec 2002
    Posts: 9
    Location: Australia
    Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2002 2:08 am Post subject:

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    Another evil which is quite common nowadays is the custom of decorating shops, offices, etc., with flashing lights, Christmas posters, trees and many other forms of decorations. Drawn into this tide of evil, many Muslim shopkeepers tend to decorate their shops in the same way as their kuffâr counterparts do, little realizing the adverse impact this has on their Iman and Deen. All forms of such decorations, whether this is done to enhance the pre-Christmas sales or merely as a formality - are not permissible. Besides it being tantamount to tashabbuh (emulation of the kuffâr), it is a sheer waste of hard-earned money. The squandering of wealth is judged by Islam as a detestable sin indeed. The Qur'ân sums up the extravagant in the following stringent statement: "Verily, the extravagant are the brothers of the Shaytân." Another verse commands: "Do not waste. Verily Allah does not like those who waste." Hence, all forms of Christmas decorations are totally harâm regardless of the intention. The same rules apply to the actual sale of such decoration because the prohibition of anything renders it's sale prohibited as well.
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