Christmas Celebration:

The true meaning of Christmas is giving and sharing the love and reaching out to those who have touched our lives. It is a time to count our blessings and be grateful for them. 

I wish all the Christian community an incredible and all the best wishes on this season that fills you with faith, renewed hope, good health, long life, prosperity with peace and joy, that will last a lifetime. Have a blessed time on this religious occasion. Enjoy and Celebrate in a small gathering with precautions and a safe environment  

About Chirstmas Celebration:

    Christmas is celebrated on 25th December every year and is the most religious occasion in Christians as well as non-believers…

It is not just a holiday that is celebrated universally, but also people gather and exchange gifts and enjoy the festivities of this occasion.

For two Millennia, people are religiously attempting its traditions as per their faith in God. Christians celebrate this occasion as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth…who came with the teachings of their religion (Christianity according to the modern BIBLE)

Their popular customs are:

  • Exchanging gifts
  • Decorations of Christmas trees
  • Attending church
  • Arranging great get togethers
  • Surprise gifts by Santa clause (most awaited)

It has been a federal holiday in many countries all over the world especially in the U.S since 1870. It is observed that the Christmas tree and the Santa clause are the two main centers of attention while celebrating Christmas festivities. According to the research Christmas, both are not found in the study of the Bible…Also not supported by the scripture, the however bible condemns the practice of both …   The arrival of Jesus is also debatable as per different schools of thought ….

  • There are many differences between the books which signify the actual time and date of the birth of Jesus (P. B. UH).in the early years of Christianity EASTER was the main holiday. The birth of Jesus was not celebrated in the Fourth century. Church officials decided to institute the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as holiday after that….
  • Unluckily Christmas isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Bible (a fact Puritans later pointed out to deny the legitimacy of the celebration)
  • Some evidence points out towards the spring or summers (why would Shepherds be herding in the middle of winters?)
  • Also, in chapter 19 verses 22-33 of the Holy Quran.

“So, she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, ‘I wish I had died before this and had been long forgotten. [Mary was worried that people would think badly of her as she was not married.] Then (baby Jesus) called her from below her, saying, ‘Don’t be sad. Your Lord has provided a stream under you.’ Shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, and it will drop on you fresh ripe dates. So, eat and drink and be happy. And if you see any human, then say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed a fast to the Most Merciful, so I will not speak to any human today.’ Then she carried him and brought him to her people. They said, ‘O Mary, indeed you have done a great evil.’ ‘O sister of Aaron, your father was not an evil man, and your mother was not a fornicator.’ So, she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we speak to a child in the cradle?’ (Jesus) said, ‘Indeed, I am a slave of God. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet And He has made me blessed wherever I may be, and He has enjoined on me prayer and charity as long as I remain alive. And (has made) me kind to my mother and did not make me arrogant or miserable. And peace be upon me the day I was born, and the day I will die, and the day I will be raised alive.’”

  • The reference of ripe dates mentioned above suggest the time of the year around late July or early August when the temperature is at its peak.
  • It can be fairly deducted, that Christ Jesus (P.B.U.H) wasn’t born on 25th December but somewhere in the July or August.
  • The head of Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr, Rowan Williams, is reported as saying that “the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a “LEGEND” and dispels other stories on Christmas, adding that there were no asses or oxen in the stables and concludes 25th December is certainly not the date. (The Telegraph – London 21.12.2007)
  • Another convincing scientific story, reported in The Telegraph, London of 11.12.08, is that world-famous Astronomers, by charting the appearance of the “Christmas Star ‘  which The Bible says led to Three Wise Men to Jesus, have found a bright star which appeared over Bethlehem 2000 years ago pinpointed the date of Christ’s birth as June, 17th rather than 25th December. Australian Astronomer Dave Reneke too confirms the findings and ads, using the St. Mathews Gospel as a reference point, that planetary conjunctions which appeared in the constellation of Leo, to confirm the date as 17th June in year 2 BC.

Islamic View on Christmas:

Islam places Christ Jesus (PBUH) on the highest pedestal as a prophet of God among the twenty-five prophets named in the Quran. Islam accepts Jesus (PBUH) as the prophet who was born miraculously without human intervention. Islam makes it an article of faith to believe in all the prophets sent down by God and therefore not believing in Christ Jesus (PBUH) as a messenger of God amounts to apostasy in Islam. Therefore, Muslims have as much right as Christians to remember Jesus Christ but not as much to celebrate his birthday more so when it is not celebrated on the correct day.

Against this background, one might expect the Muslims to take part in Christmas celebrations as revering Christ Jesus as do the Christians. However, as I have clearly mentioned earlier, in Islam (and in Christianity) birthdays are not recognized and such celebrations are neither mentioned in the Qur’an nor are they condoned by the Prophet of Islam – Muhammad (PBUH). But the reality is that Christmas is here to stay, and big businesses will ensure that it is celebrated universally and will ensure that it will remain so till eternity.

Conclusion:

In the end, research concludes that Christmas is not sanctioned by Scripture. Nor is it admired by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

While holidays will always be entertained in our lives on Earth, I would like you to think upon this of items pertaining to Christmas. Although I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind or beliefs about the realities of Christmas…

The celebration of our Jesus’ birth can (and should) occur every day in our lives and should not be limited to just once (or a few times) a year.

If you decide to continue celebrating Christmas, I believe it is possible to do so if you are truly honoring God through it all; only if you possess a working knowledge of Christmas’ origins and celebrate it with the right frame of mind. Understand, however, that the celebration of Christmas is not a requirement spelled out by the Bible.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it!

All the best wishes for all,

Happy and safe Holidays to you all, Enjoy!

Dr. Alia Nawaz

Works Cited

History.com Staff. “History of Christmas.” History.com. 2009. Accessed December 16, 2016. http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas.

Charles Half. “The Truth About Christmas.” San Antonio, Texas: The Christian Jew Foundation.

This post is just for my personal study and opinion, I do not want to hurt feelings of anyone about religion. Many mistakes can be observed in the writing of this post, please just ignore them. Thanks (Alia)

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