Christmas in the Muslim world

Christmas is not a Muslim holiday, therefore, Muslim countries do not celebrate it. Muslims in the United States often request that their children not attend Christmas functions at school because the belief of Jesus, peace be upon him, being the son of God runs directly against the core Muslim belief.

However, in a world where Muslims and Christians both are present, how should Muslims react? The Prophet of God, peace and blessings be upon him, was faced with this question when he established the first peace sanctuary of Madinah, where the majority of the people were not Muslims. Here is what he said about the Christians of Najran (Yaman):

"Najran has the protection of God and the pledges of Muhammad, the Prophet, to protect their (the Christians') lives, faith, land, property, those who are absent and those who are present, and their clan and allies. They need not change anything of their past customs. No right of theirs or their religion shall be altered. No church leader, monk or church guard shall be removed from his position."

It was this historical commitment towards people of other faiths that formed the ideals of Islam regarding other faith groups in their midst, whether they were Christian, Jews, Sun worshipers, or Hindus. The Prophet even allowed a Christian delegation to celebrate their religious services in the very Mosque of the Prophet according to classic historians Ibn Hisham and Ibn Sa'd.

In the current context of American aggression in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it has been difficult for Muslim minorities in the US and for Christian minorities in the Muslim world.

Here are some things which Muslims can do in Muslim countries to help Christian minorities enjoy their holidays in the best possible manner:

Give Christian employees an extended holiday break:

Muslim businesses can extend a day off to Christian workers on Christmas day at least, if not longer. Just as some Muslims in the US have successfully gotten days off from work and school on Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, Christians in Muslim countries should get the same on their holidays. Many Muslim countries, like Pakistan, already do this.

Reassuring Christian Neighbors:

In countries where there has been recent conflict between Christians and Muslims, for example, in Nigeria and Indonesia, the Muslim leadership can take measures in their communities to make the Christian minority feel more comfortable in their days of happiness.

A gesture of neighborly duty:

Although security is a government matter, and in many Muslim countries governments are providing extra police to churches, it will be a good gesture on the part of Muslim neighbors to offer their time to volunteer for the security of churches during Christmas time. This is especially important in places like Iraq and Pakistan, where, since the American bombing and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, churches have been targets of terrorism.

Muslim and Christian minorities in India:

In India, where Muslims and Christians are both minorities, Christians have been vocal in supporting the Muslim community during the horrific murders and crimes against the community in the state of Gujurat in 2002. This Christmas, a large number of Indian churches will be fearful about the ongoing compaigns of Hindu militants and self-professed fascists in that part of India. It is critical that Muslims in India support Christians during their holiday season.

Historically, when Muslims have held state power, they have, for the most part, worked hard to protect the rights of non-Muslims in their midst, from idol-worshipping Hindus, to fire-worshipping Zorastrians. Christians, who are described in the Quran as "People of the Book", hold a special place as a faith community from the Abrahamic tradition. Protecting religious freedom has not been the Muslim state’s tactic of appeasement. Rather, it is an order from God, and a practice of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, who once said, "Whoever hurts a non-Muslim citizen of a Muslim society hurts me."

It is critical for Muslims to remember that a person is not considered a Muslim unless they believe in Jesus (Islamic and Christian View of Jesus). This love for this noble Prophet ties us to the Christian community in a special way.

Although the history of relations between Muslims and Christians has not always been good, it is important to remember that Muslims always stood for a society where the rights of all individuals are not only tolerated, but respected and protected.


Beyond the fact that the Birth Date of Jesus is wrong by day, month and years
The Fact is that Christmas, a belated Holiday, first recognised in Germany as Chris Noel in 1400 - 1500...
Thie thing that amazes me is, that in reading of the Bible, Jesus was born a Jew, Educated as a Jewish Priest, who said, the purpose of his life on earth was to "Recover the fallen Jews".
No where in my KJV of the Bible, which nicely outlines in RED text all word spoken by Jesus. Throughtout the text, Jesus Idenifies with the Jewish peoples and the fallen Jews of the Day following the once Jew, always a Jew philosphy that igists today. No where, atleast in my KJV of the text does Jesus Idenify with an on call a Gentile, the term used by Jews to Idenify NON Jews. More specifically, identifying heathens, pagens, persons other than Jews, Christians. Taken from Dictionary.
Then alone came Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul, founder of the Christian faith and the greatest lye ever told. When ask if he personally ever saw or meet Jesus, his reply was "May I did, Maybe I didnot".
That I believe tell ther whole story of the creation Christian built upon
the fact that Saul, was a Jewish policeman serving in Jerusalem, got the idea for a religion, told the people you Don't have to follow anything Jesus said, all you need to to do is confess your sins and your home free!
No conceptual understand of the Books of Mosess what ever?

This statement is noty ment to detract from Jesus in anyway shape or form.

But, kindly read your Bible, if you have one, especially the first five parts of the New Testiment, all written about the same events, in the same time period, approximately 50 - 70 years after the events.

Very interesting reading from a Theological view point.


Thanks for this. It is unfortunate that some people see behind the veil of extremism and treat every Muslim as terrorists or accuse them of doing so. I knew a Muslim girl in my last year at a Catholic school in Canberra who never whined about anything, in fact she was a fit amongst the school's diverse background and never picked a fight with the Africans even though she was herself.


Thank you for clearing up some of my confusion . I just don,t understand what all the hate is about! As a cradle Christian we we're raised to move all to judge people by color or creed.when I came home from school in 4th grade and asked what the "N" word meant ,I was slapped across my face . Then I learned some time ago that , Jewish,Muslims &Christians all worship the one true God. So what's all the fighting all about? Then I came to my own simple conclusion , it's all a big Real Estate dispute. With too many Lands wanting the property. I still love you all my brothers and sisters ,Jew,Muslim,christian, And I pray to our One true God to with his grace will straighten this mess out before any more innocent lives are lost .Peace


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Very nice article ....



i am very emotional writing this and you will see why at the end. anyone religious or going down that path read strongly.and i am writing down my thoughts without pausing. i am giving my opinions and not changing anyones beliefs, i am respecting them. but beautifully written we should all respect each others religions and celebrations. if only the world were perfect and everyone could believe different but also be treated as equals. the way i see it is if you believe in God, Allah both wonderful ways of saying the mighty one then that should be enough. the jews christians and muslims should all love and respect eachother because they have God. there are always going to be so many differences and similarities between them but you should never disrespect a believer in God, yes i understand that there are millions who believe that Jesus is God but at least they believe in him they do no evil. i personally do not believe that God is jesus, jesus was human and God created him like he did all of us but for a more specific purpose as a prophet to come to earth and help us and speak and teach of God. and for those who believe he was Gods son my opinion that is wonderful we are all of his children. to be honest i do get confused i do not doubt but nobody really knows all the specifics because no one is God. if he chooses to have us find out he will but probably when we die. i also think that God has us separated into these religons because he wants to test us to see who will respect and accept, even though he probably already does know thats just him giving us the gift of life and whatever we choose to do with it will predict the result of being punished or rewarded. and it also comes down to free will, just because something is possible to think or do dosent mean it is the right way or thing. my point here is see the positive of everything in everyones beliefs because they all go back to the one God we should all learn of eachothers beliefs and respect them. God is all seeing and all knowing and he would be proud of us if we loved more and judged less. you cannot make fun of some one for believing in certain things because you know why, thats what they are taught we didnt just wake up one say and think of or start believing in one religion out of no where no we are taught these beliefs from our teachers and parents of all sorts from being passed down, we eventually believe what we do from loyality and if not our own mind. yes there are tons of people who convert to tons of different religions for may different reasons whatever path that is who they are and that is how it was meant to be. The foundations of the religions start with Abraham and the jewish religion but when the other prophets started coming and jesus was sent by God and then the christian and catholic religions were formed then Mohammad started islam through the angel and God this is where we all should get along we are connected. and especially from expierence christians should respect muslims and the traditions because they are worshiping Allah, God yes there are tons of differences but thats because Muhammad peace be upon him came after Jesus and christianity was already created. if someone has heard the word of God and has proof of it then respect that even if you dont believe and muslims should also respect christians even if they say son of God and not saying that he Is God that is your prophet and catholics and muslims believe that he did the same things on earth such as the miracles and more. so if christianity was formed before islam and there are many differences to the two think of how that there are so much more similarties. back to the chrsitmas subject if it has been that way for 2000 years then rejoice for it is jesus or isa's birthday! if we knew all the other prophets birthdays then we would or should celebrate them to! it is when God chose to bring them into the world! and a true muslim and christian are followers of God therefore we are all a family he made us all and we should respect eachother because if we dont we are disrespecting God. he chose us all to be different look different and believe different things for a reason. otherwise we would all be the same thing and have the same religion! which excludes free will almost when it comes to that and our ability to get along with someone with different beliefs. there are going to be many who convert to a religion and many who stay in the same religion thats awesome God wants us to keep the big 3 alive because they all worship him and or his people, so everyone respect and love eachother it sounds cheesy i know but if you are a religious person in any way you know its the truth it would actually solve alot of problems in this world. no one is better then anyone because no one is God, everyone is the way they are because of him. and if you were wondering i grew up a religious roman catholic believing jesus is the son of god and was fascinated with islam growing up. i believe catholics and muslims should be closer then ever and not try to change anyone. i studied islam and christanity and they are in my eyes almost twins even though islam came afterwards. i do not think that christians should convert but as a society recognize muslims as apart of a new family today. i believe in and love islam and i actually ended up marrying a muslim man who is greatly religious. although both the islamic and christian PEOPLE not religion were both corrupt throughout history both making mistakes through war and wrong doings of certain individuals, when you find a true one both are so beautiful at there highest. i have to say nothing makes me cry more then seeing a muslim man bow his head to Allah while praying and meaning it through every single movement and word. i personally believe that jesus was the son of God like we all are but had a more purpose on earth therefore i believe he was a prophet. sounds strange but when your caught between both religions its hard. i did convert happily and i am a muslim in every way as a muslim i believe everything i guess i just have a soft spot for jesus because he was a special prophet in his own way just as they all were. because the fact that my family is christian and new family muslim i still celebrate christmas lol but in a different way



I have friends from different countries and different religions,i found this article very well written and balanced,it gave me an answer to my question. Good job.



Very informative article, thank you. I am a Christian, and there are some like myself who do not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. I'm not talking about the people who THINK they are being religious but really aren't, I mean people like myself who have made a conscious decision that Jesus would not want such extravagant expense putting people into debt, santa claus, rampant commercialism and display, etc, surrounding his humble arrival. It is also well known, although most Christian celebrants ignore it, that He was not born on December 25th and that the holiday was man-made to accomodate pagans 'converting' to Christianity. But I do see it as a good time to reach out and thank people for their friendship, etc. and one of those treasured people in my life is my muslim doctor. As I write this, I sit next to a large bag with homemade breads, a box of chocolates and some fruit for him and his family. He knows how I feel about Christmas, but you know, other patients give him gifts that do reflect Christmas and I can't see him being the least bit offended because he knows how we all feel about him. It's all about motive and if the motive is love and peace and appreciativeness then that should be the spirit that we receive gifts and greetings from others.



Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about him (in the Ancient 5769 yr old Word of God the Holy Torah) that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."Acts 10:28 He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our laws for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.If it was made right threw Grace and Mercy for the Jews to see all men as Gods sevents, then it is just as good for all Muslims to see all men as God servents, and fellowship together for the Glory of God.Have Great Christmas. Muslims and Christians, and Jews... "Peace On warth Good will toward Men"


Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.It is by this same faith unto obedience we .. All are men are called.Wether Christian or Muslim good deeds alone are not enough to enter into the Kingdom of heaven. If this was So.... no need for a savior would required. However, an atonement must be made for each who will enter. That atonement is Jesus the sone of God the Lamb without spot. For where there is sin an atonement of innocent Blood must be made. That is Blood with out sin. So it is in the faith of this atonement we are cleaned of our sins. Not through good deeds and much work. Although they are profitable they will not atone for sin. Do not be fooled by men. God has been clear. No prophet can do this ... only the Messiah, who was chosen by God to come through the Jews.. Like it or not that was Gods choice. I am a gentile adopted into the family of God through the Son, and in the faith of Abraham I am bought into the family of Israel. Not a people of birth, but of faith. So it makes no difference if your are from Isaac or Ishmael the point of their births was and allegory, A way for God to Show that those who believe in his promise are the true children of God.. This was the faith of Abraham in its essance.We who believe in the Promise, are United in brother hood in the faith. The High priest of God YESHUA . He has made a new covenant with all men. That any who will come onto him in Faith and obedience to the Commandments of God., will be cleansed of their sins. For it is written that not those who hear the word are righteous but those who do the word. So Faith in Jesu and Works of Kindness and Love, and MercyNot through works of War, separation, hatred, and jealously. These are not the way of God, these are the way of men. Be of God then , and be saved.And Christ said No man will come unto the father but threw me. If you reject the son you will not have the father, for all authority was given unto the Son, That is what happened when he was raised to Life again. All authority was given unto him. Authority over death. He alone has the Keys to death, and he alone can commute your sentence. When he has done all things he will bring all thing unto the father. For he also said the father is greater then I. There fore he is the Son of God.Do what is good unto others, do What is kind, Loving, peaceful, and truthful. seek with all your heart and you will find. And Love God the father with all your heart and soul, and Mind. But the Son, is the atonement for your sins, and that is why he is our lord.Praise be the Lord Yehoshua Ben Nun, who was formed to be in his days a great deliverer for his chosen ones of the earth" I invite you to become a chosen one of God, through the atonement of his son Yeshua . and those who are chose are those who keep the commandment of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ the Messiah.Have a wonderful celebration of the birth of our savior, the savior of the whole worldLove and peace to my fellow Muslim seekers of truth and light from God the FatherShala....



Root > 'Aqeedah (Islamic Creed) > Shirk (Polytheism) > Imitating non-Muslims and taking part in their celebrations Fatwa No : 82006 Congratulating Non-Muslims on their feasts Fatwa Date : Shawwaal 17, 1422 / 2-1-2002 QuestionIs it allowed for us as Muslims to congratulate Christians in their eids? (I.e. Merry Christmas, etc.)AnswerAll perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad , is His Slave and Messenger.It is forbidden for all Muslims to congratulate any non-Muslims for their feasts. Allaah Says (what means): {This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion}[Quran 5:3]In addition, congratulating them for this feast is synonymous of accepting their wrongdoing and disbelief in Allaah. Is there a greater disbelief than attributing a son to Allaah or saying that Jesus is Allaah or that Allaah is the third of three "gods".Congratulating them also reflects accepting their rites and rituals, which are nothing but disbelief. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: 'Congratulating the non-Muslims for their rituals is forbidden according to the agreement of all scholars- like: congratulating them for their feasts and fast by expressing good wishes: “Happy feast or enjoy your feast…” etc. If the Muslim who says this does not become a disbeliever himself, he, at least, commits a sin as this is the same as congratulating him for his belief in trinity, which is a greater sin and much more detested by Almighty Allaah than congratulating him for drinking alcohol or killing a soul or committing fornication or adultery…etc'.The one who commits such an act, has indeed committed an ugly and repulsive deed. Any Muslim who congratulates a person for a sin, an innovation or an act of disbelief has exposed himself to the wrath and anger of Almighty Allaah.Finally, if they (non-Muslims) congratulate us for our feasts, we do not congratulate them for their feast as we are on the right path and they are in error.Allaah Says (what means): {And whoever desires other than Islam as religion-never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.}[Quran 3:85].Allaah Knows best.




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