The Truth about Christmas – Tazkiya with
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato Alhamdulillah. hair blonde aminos salatu salam, ala Shafi Mercedez. You know, Muhammad Ali, he was so happy as you may, the brothers and sisters, I want you to listen to a conservative televangelists talking about Christmas before I make some comments about his his short speech. It's a very short comment about a question. It was an answer to a question that he received about Christmas. This is David who says we have friends who do not celebrate Christmas because they say December 25 is really a pagan holiday. While I agree that Jesus may not have been born on December 25, he certainly was born as described in the Bible. How do I respond to
them? Well, it says tell them the right.
You see, the winter solstice, a couple of days later, was the shortest day of the year. And the pagans had something called Saturnalia. And it was a time of lawlessness because all the laws were suspended. And people, a bunch of singers who actually wandered the streets, naked singing, and then they had orgies, sexual origins, it was a mass thing. Well, when the Catholic Church came along in Italy, the Romans and others didn't want to give up their holidays. So they said, Okay, we'll Christianize it. And so they said, Okay, we'll say the birth of Jesus was the 25th of December, they, there was a monk who began to add it up. You see, if you read in Luke it, it says it's a
census taken when cominius was governor, and so forth, so and they could take those leaders and figure the exact time dating from the foundation of Rome. And that's when the dates were established. And so they get pretty close to the date. But to say is the 21st shepherds route a body in the field? It gets a little cold at night, it will be out there in the middle of winter. I you know, I don't know. I've been out there on the Shepherd's field. And on Christmas Eve, it's very nice, but it's cold. And nevertheless, I mean, what was going on? So all this business about mistletoe, pagan, Christmas trees, pagan, giving out gifts, pagan, every bit of it is pagan. Every
single bit of his cable, we've Christianized at all. And so that's good. And so we have to, and we celebrated for Jesus and everybody gets all messed up. But the truth is, they're all
but the birth of justice, but the intentive the hardest, what? Exactly. So we have Christianized, all these things. We give gifts in the name of Jesus, we celebrate his birthday. And it's a nice thing. I'm very delighted. I like Christmas. And I like what I do the best Christmas I've ever spent in all my life.
This Christmas, all of my life was spent in Jerusalem.
When we had no Christmas ornaments, none of this stocking up, you know, but on Christmas Eve, we stood in shepherds.
I guess that is enough. Brothers and sisters, this conservative televangelists patter person from the United States of America is saying every bit about Christmas is pagan. So the whole festival is pagan. It's taken from a pagan culture, it was some sort of reconciliation between the Catholic Church and pagan communities in in Europe in the old days when the Catholic church went into Europe. So I would like to say something here that we are Muslims. And now to pose to celebrate Christmas. It is not permissible for us to celebrate Christmas. And we have nothing to do with it. It's not part of our faith. And we're not we have enough proofs in our deen that we are not allowed to
celebrate other celebrations and occasions other than the tour eats that were prescribed by ALLAH SubhanA wa to add. Now we live in a multicultural society and we have friends and we have colleagues and we have neighbors who celebrate Christmas they're nice people they're very kind. So here people say okay, oh will be greeted us with a Christmas greetings. They give us gifts during holiday season.
And what are we supposed to do with that? How can we response to that?
I mean, there's the answer is very simple. If you go back to the guidance
have the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Quran we have two major principles when we when it comes to the way we're supposed to deal and interact with other people from other religions who follow other religions, but they still have a peaceful relationship with Muslims. They are nice people as they said they could be their neighbors, your colleagues, your family members or friends. So how do you deal with that? Now Islam says that you need to treat people who are peaceful, they respect your rights. With the same in the same way you respect their rights and you treat them with kindness. Learn how Kamala Annie Levine and Emil partido confy Dini, welcome you could you come in
viaticum and upper room were to conceito la him in Allahu Bucha al McSween. So Allah subhanho wa Taala does not forbid you from dealing kindly and fairly with those who did not fight with you because of your religion, nor the nor did they remove you from your house from your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who are fair. This is insulting to Hannah, number eight, but at the same time, Allah subhanho wa Taala wants you as a Muslim to confirm and reaffirm your identity and to uphold the truth that you believe in. If you believe that you are not allowed to to celebrate Christmas then you should not and you should explain it to people you should communicate your this message to
other people. For example, in solitaire Angkor Wat Allah subhanaw taala taught us what is the best way and how to have a debate what is the
how to have a debate in the best way with those who do not follow our faith specifically the he was talking about the People of the Book, Al Kitab wala to Jad you know this is area 46 and salt and Angkor Wat wala to Jeju to Al Kitab Illa bility here as an eel arena follow marinum or Kudo below the ohm Zilla Elena Woon Zilla Aleikum, wa ala who know Isla, who come wide. When a hula hoop muesli moon, you need to pay attention to the last part here when a Hannula who Muslim moon so Allah subhanaw taala said in this ayah do not argue with the people of the Book except in a way that is best. So if you are planning to have a debate with with Christians or Jews or other people who do
not follow your faith, then did not have this debate except in a way that is best. You have to do it in the best way in the best manner. And you remind the people of the book, you remind them about our common ground, what is what is common between them and us. You we believe in the original books that were given to the Prophets and Messengers, the prophets and messengers who are mentioned in the Bible, we believe in the original message that was given to ISA and a sinner and Jesus. We believe in the original message that was given to Musa alayhis salam Moses Ali salah.
We believe in the original messages that were given to different prophets and messengers all we're talking here about to prophets and messengers. So we believe in what was revealed to them and what was revealed to us to Quran to find a message that was given to humanity. And what Allah who now what Allah who can walk ahead, you need to remind them that we worship the same God, Your God and our God is one Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, the Creator of the heavens and earth. This is number two, but at the same time at the end, you need to confirm your identity when Nola who mostly moon and we are Muslims to him in submission. What does it mean? That means we have submitted our will to
the will of Allah subhana wa taala. We cannot do something that displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala we don't have an excuse.
It's all about communication. Now if they give you a gift, you are allowed to receive a gift from them. You are allowed because there are Sahaba the Sahaba the Companions of our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to receive and accept gifts from those who followed other religions members of other religions during the holidays. But of course he also wrote them and he said you have to plan to give it to them after the holiday to give them back. Another gift after the holiday season is over, or when it comes to the greetings when it comes to the greetings. There are other
Greetings that everyone can use that are natural. They don't carry any religious significance. You can use terms that do not carry the do not carry any religious significance. For example, having a wonderful winter break. However, having a good weekend, having a good winter break is very natural. It doesn't belong to any faith, it doesn't belong to any religion, it's not connected with any faith. It's a universal break that everyone you know, takes that nowadays, you know, companies close or they're they you know, they give their workers a break at the end of the year, schools, the closing at the end of the year during winter break. So it's a break that is observed everywhere in
the whole world. So you can use those terms, as I said, that do not carry any religious significance. Now, if someone is upset, or they want to open a discussion about it, then you can share with them what you believe about Christmas and you can tell them remind them that are many Christians who do not celebrate Christmas and they believe that the Christmas who has or the origin the origin or the roots of the celebration is pagan. Like here this Mr. Patra person is saying that every bit of it is begun. Everything about Christmas is begun. So Muslims you as a Muslim who believe in one or theism interbreed, you believe in the Oneness of Allah subhanho wa taala. You
believe in Jesus and Isa Allah Salam, you love ISA and snrm. You love his mother Mary, Alia Silla, but at the same time, at the same time, we cannot do something that displeases Allah subhanho wa taala. That goes against your faith. You need to combine that as a result as a conclusion here as a conclusion here, we need to combine between these two beautiful principles as I said, treating people with kindness. At the same time upholding the truth and sharing the truth with other people was Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh