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Siobain(Shivaughn), Long Island ,NY - wrote on 12/13/2005 12:59:14 PM
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Comment:I was seeking how the Muslim faith viewed Christmas. I am a Northern Irish Roman Catholic and found this article very imformative & non threatening to the reader.. Thank you!!!

Stephen Myers, Australia - wrote on 12/13/2005 7:20:03 AM
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Comment:Thankyou for an article that engenders peace and mutual respect. My knowledge of the Quran is incomplete, but I have read that the Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) wrote that those who are closest to you, are those who call themselves "Christian". We all worship the same God. I am a Christian, and this time of year teach the story of the birth of the Messiah Jesus (Peace be upon him) to children in the local Public school. Many of these children are not Christian, but the Christmas story is nonetheless important, as it is about a birth which changed the world. When we wish each other Merry Christmas, we Christians and non Christians alike acknowledge the importance of the birth of Jesus (Peace be upon him). To wish someone Merry Christmas does not mean that you are worshipping Him as God, it is merely a mark of respect, and remembrance of his birth. May the Peace of God descend upon us in all Truth. Thankyou. I would rather walk a mile with a fellow searcher for the truth, than with someone who is not looking. Even though we may be climbing the mountain by different paths, if we are honestly searching, God will guide us. The strength in both our Faiths lies in those things held in common. You follow the Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him), I follow Jesus (Peace be upon him), and we will cross paths on the way. The greatest threat to our Faiths is not each other, but secular indifference, and the collapse of the world into values which insult both our great Faiths. Thankyou once again for your article Yours respectfully Stephen Myers

Amina, Toronto, Canada - wrote on 12/31/2004 11:36:41 AM
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Comment:Ahl, an article that speaks about the true essence of Islam and that encourages peace and love. Thank you!

Mehdi Fazal, London - wrote on 12/21/2004 6:39:43 AM
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Comment:I want to send special thanks to Abdul Malik. He has truly understood Islam. This is what we need from all muslims. Practice of the Faith in accordance with its tenets.

masumeh, Virginia, USA - wrote on 12/14/2004 4:28:07 PM
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Comment:bismillah. Asalamu alaikum. I liked the article. But I am afraid that there is a lot of misunderstanding from readers, judging by the comments. We are not allowed to celebrate holidays, except for Islamic holidays of Eid'ul-Adh'ha and Eid'ul-Fitr. This is very clear from a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (sala Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam), when he arrived in Medinah and noted the people there celebrating various holidays. He asked what this was about and was informed about why they were playing and sporting. Then, he instructed the Muslims to abstain from these celebrations, stating that Allah has given us two holidays, the two Eids mentioned. The Prophet did a lot of "outreach", you could say, to the People of the Book. But he (sala Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) NEVER celebrated Non-Muslim holidays. Olama have stated that it is also forbidden to say, "Happy Chrismas!" because this is similar to saying, "Have a Good Time Worshipping Jesus!" But, this article is emphasizing the point that we should not insult Christians concerning their holiday. Given. But, we have to also speak the truth. Allah told the believers not to insult the idols of the pagans, lest they insult Allah in reciprocation. But that didn't prevent the Prophet (sala Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) from braking the idols around the Ka'bah on the Conquest of Mecca. It is difficult for converts to abstain from old traditions and family traditions, even when they feel confident and secure in their Islam. But, this is necessary because otherwise, you send a self-contradicting messege to your Muslim children as well as your Christian family. You are saying, "I don't believe in this. But I'll still practice it to please family members who will otherwise get mad." Once you take a firm stand, your family will come to understand you better. Visit them, sure. But, not in celebration of Christmas. That means not during Christmas, because otherwise, they, and your children, will interpret the visit as a celebration of Christmas. This is what I have done with my Muslim family, which, unfortunately still celebrates New Years, Thanksgiving, and Noruze (the Iranian/Zoroastrian New Years), even though my mother reverted to Islam over 25 years ago, and my Iranian family has been Muslim for centuries! Let's say it clear: Yes, show tolerance--No, don't join in!

zulredhuan, Malaysia - wrote on 12/13/2004 8:43:44 PM
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Comment:Islam teaches tolerance and respect for others. In my country, all festivities are celebrated together regardless of race and religious background. The idea is to promote harmony and religious tolerance among all its community. What is important is as muslim we know the boundaries and restrictions.

fawad, London - wrote on 12/12/2004 7:38:26 AM
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Comment:thanks for the great article. talking of extreemism.... I do agree that some of our muslim brothers and sisters don't even know the meaning of christmas celebration by chrestians, it is a wounderful top

Usman Gude Garba, Kaduna, Nigeria - wrote on 12/10/2004 3:13:05 AM
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Comment:I am really informed by the article. But I am really shocked to read( in the last paragraph of the article) the propaganda story of Christians being attacked in churches in Nigeria; especially from an islamic newsletter. I am telling you authoritatively, as someone who is a resident of the boiling point of the so called Muslim-Christian arm conflict in Nigeria,Kaduna town, that on no occasion that such a thing happened.It is always a case of a few aggrieved youths taking retaliatory actions against the vandalisation of mosques in Christian dominated areas. Pls always get your facts right before you unknowingly help the enemies of islam and the muslims spread their malicious stories!

Khadeejah, Tyler TX - wrote on 12/2/2004 8:30:13 PM
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Comment:AOA I really enoyed the article but i was hoping that maybe you could talk about how parents that are raising their kids in public school system can deal with X-mas being an issue with our kids. The teacher has been excellent in asking me to come and teach their classroom about Eid during their X-mas time. My kids are still too young to really understand why us muslims do not celebrate X-mas. Could you pls give some advice in your upcoming articles on how parents should talk to their children about respecting Non-Islamic Holidays and exactly why we do not celebrate these occasions.

Jason, New York - wrote on 12/24/2003 12:51:01 AM
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Comment:What a great article. I am a Christian in New York City, and I appreciate that my Islamic brothers and sisters in the city wish me a Merry Christmas and mean it. Thank you and bless you; viewpoints such as this promote understanding and justice to all people.

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