As the Christians, who will be celebrating a false pagan holiday called “Christmas” on Dec. 25, we the Muslims would like to address an issue which they might want to look into and consider. As we all try to please the all-Mighty through our actions, the action of celebrating “Christs Mass” is an action that will not be accepted by the supreme Creator. We would like to address a practical approach and want the Christians to view this matter through the eyes of Jesus(pbuh) as if he were here today. Have a read at this article and truly live your lives like the way Jesus(pbuh) lived:
WHAT WOULD JESUS (PBUH) DO IF HE WERE HERE TODAY ?
Both Muslims and serious Christians can learn a lot from Christmas, the annual celebration of the victory of paganism over the religion of Prophet Isa (Jesus Christ). No one disputes that the event and all its symbols came from pagan religions; it has nothing to do with the birth or teachings of Jesus Christ. For one thing, no one knows with certainty the date of birth of Jesus Christ. “In fact, dates in almost every month in the year were suggested by reputable scholars at one time or another,” notes The American Book of Days. For another, the celebration of birthdays is itself a pagan idea, never promoted by any Prophet or Book of God, including the Bible. Early Church leaders opposed it strongly. As late as 245 CE African Church father and philosopher Origen wrote that it was sinful even to contemplate observing Jesus’s birthday `as though he were a King Pharaoh.”[The American Book of Days].
But the pagan world did have prayers and celebrations during the winter season. Those who worshipped the sun god because of its apparent power, used to become concerned about the fate of their god, in a world of many gods, as days became shorter and air very cold. It looked like the sun was being defeated by the god of snow that brought death and misery with it. “… In Rome, the sun in its winter solstice was at its weakest on December 25th and had to be born anew with the help of bonfires, lights, processions and prayer.” [Reader’s Digest Book of Christmas]. The Roman pagan celebration was called Saturnalia. The Persians also had similar celebrations for Mithras, their sun god.
The evergreens, holly, ivy, and mistletoe plants, which remained green even during this wintertime, were similarly considered by the pagans to have magical powers. The Druids, whose Stonehenge temples can be seen in England, regarded mistletoe with reverence and used to burn it in sacrifice during the solstitial festivities. They also used to hang it in their houses. When you don’t know the One True God, even leaves and plants can become god. They thought it brought good luck, fertility, and protection from witchcraft, and was an antidote to poison. Mistletoe is used even today, although the U.N. might consider banning it if the fertility claim proves true!
In 1822, Dr. Clement Moore, professor of divinity, wrote a poem titled “The visit of St. Nicholas.” The poem became popular and Santa Claus was born. The reason for popularity? “… the time was ripe. A myth was needed, and the recreation of `old Christmas’ was well in the wind.”[William Sanson, A Book of Christmas]. Some decades later The New York Sun answered an 8 year old’s question: Is there a Santa Claus? The answer has become classic and is worth noting. “Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.” So Santa Claus is divine, and judging from the Christmas celebrations, certainly more important than Jesus Christ himself.
Early church leaders wanted to Christianize the pagan festivities, but their operating principle became: When you can’t beat them, join them. For as Pope Gregory declared in 601 CE, “… from obdurate minds it is impossible to cut off everything at once.” It was a license for another pearl of “wisdom”: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
And so they did. First slowly and then rapidly. The Son of God replaced the sun god. Saturnalia was replaced by the ceremony for Christ or Christ Mass, which later became Christmas. For several centuries it was solely a church anniversary, observed by religious services. “At Christmas, men and women were not, repeat not, to dress up or mime; there were not to be auguries, such as superstitions about fire; houses were not to be decorated, no presents given, no well-laden tables, and a strict watch was to be kept on drink.” But false religion drives out true religion. Consider Christmas gifts, a carryover from the Roman practice of giving dolls as gift in lieu of their earlier barbaric custom of offering human sacrifices. “The early Church frowned on gift giving as a pagan custom. But the people enjoyed it too much to abandon it, and so finally the Church accepted the idea and sanctioned it.” [Barbara Rinkoff, The Family Christmas Book]. Evergreens? “The early church forbade the use of them, but here again the custom was too deeply rooted and the ban was ignored. Finally the church accepted the use of evergreens for decoration.” And on and on. Now consider this portrait of Saturnalia and contrast it with the original don’ts mentioned above: “… a fortnight of near riot, of drunkenness, noise and games, naked slaves singing, men dressing up as animals and behaving with less dignity, sex, often with perversion.” [Reader’s Digest Book of Christmas]. Anyone can see which picture represents today’s Christmas more closely.
What would Jesus( PBUH) do today if He were here when He would see all these events that are happening around us?
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One out of three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
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Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The profane concept of secularism has given birth to a monster called capitalism together with its ugly features of freedom, democracy, liberalism and of course, exploitation of human beings. These problems arise precisely as a result of mankind abandoning the Islamic way of life and using his own mind to decide how to run his affairs. If indeed, the mind was capable of producing the same organization as we see in the universe, why is the ‘human’ world such a mess?
Muslims respect and revere Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s prophets and messengers to humankind. A Muslim never refers to him simply as “Jesus”, but always adds the phrase “upon him be peace.” The Qur’an confirms his virgin birth, and an entire surah (chapter) of the Qur’an is entitled “Mary.” The Qur’an describes the Annunciation as follows: “‘Behold (O Mary!)’ The Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Anointed (Masih or Messiah), Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’ “She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said: ‘Even so; God creates what He wills. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be!” and it is.‘” (Qur’an 3:42-7)
If you are a Christian, then we invite you to look into with OPEN mind. Islam, the one true Ideology of Abraham(P), Moses(P), Jesus(P), and Muhammad(P), by bearing witness that there is none worthy of worship but God and that Muhammad(P) is the messenger of God. In doing so, you will have taken the path of true guidance and submission to God. All human beings are born into a state of submission to the Will of God, that is to say, you were born a Muslim.
Allah (swt) says: “If anyone desires a DEEN(way of Life) other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him, and in the hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost.” [EMQ 3:85]. “Oh you who believe, fear God as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.” [EMQ 3:102]
However, those of whom do not want to be manipulated, learn about Islam. The government has attained the ability to control you and the masses by creating ISLAMOPHOBIA and it is time to break free from the yolk of this manipulation and learn about the truth, and the only truth that exists is the truth that is with Allah (The Creator of the Worlds). That truth is none other than Islam. It is time for this society to become a population of thinkers and not blind followers. It is time to find out about Islam. It is time to find out about the truth by using your own Mind. Don’t be fool by the media propaganda.
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We must bring change through an intellectual and a political struggle.
What Would Jesus Do if He Were Here Today?