Why I don’t celebrate Christmas

What is Christmas?

Christmas was traditionally a Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus, but in the early 20th century, it also became a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

History of Christmas:

The early Christian community distinguished between the identification of the date of Jesus’ birth and the liturgical celebration of that event. The actual observance of the day of Jesus’ birth was long in coming. In particular, during the first two centuries of Christianity, there was strong opposition to recognizing birthdays of martyrs or, for that matter, of Jesus. Numerous Church Fathers offered sarcastic comments about the pagan custom of celebrating birthdays when, in fact, saints and martyrs should be honored on the days of their martyrdom—their true “birthdays,” from the church’s perspective.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Christmas

Christmas in Islam:

Muslims cannot celebrate Christmas because it is an imitation of the unbelievers. Also decorating Muslim houses with balloons at Christmas is considered joining in with the unbelievers and celebrating their festival.

Source: https://islamqa.info/en/answers/145950/can-muslims-celebrating-christmas

Unfortunately, many Muslims nowadays celebrate Christmas, unaware or uncaring of it’s prohibition in Islam.

No doubt, celebrating such feasts is actually imitating non-Muslims. The companion of the Prophet ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amar bin al-‘Aas  said: ‘Whoever celebrates the Persian New Year’s Day or their carnival and imitates them till his death he will be resurrected with them on the Day of Judgment’.

The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said as reported in a sound Hadeeth: “Whoever imitates a people he is one of them” [Ahmad and Abu Dawood].

Therefore, a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate them. Nor, does a Muslim celebrate any of their other feast days. A Muslim celebrates only the Islamic ‘Eed days.

Source: https://www.islamweb.net/en/fatwa/83628/muslims-celebrating-christmas

And that is why I don’t celebrate Christmas nor wish non-Muslim people a Merry Christmas.

One response to “Why I don’t celebrate Christmas”

  1. Thank you for posting this.

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