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Abdul Rahman, USA - wrote on 12/22/2002 12:53:08 PM
Comment:Assalam alaikum. Good article. The fact of the matter is that we are not all going to agree on religious matters, but we need to still tolerate and respect one another's beliefs. We don't have to participate, but it's still okay to wish people a safe and happy holiday season. This shows good Islamic character and tolerance. After all, some non-Muslims also wished us joy for our recent holiday of Eid. For example, Reverend Bob Thompson, president of the Council for the Parliament of World Religions, fasted with us during Ramadan. Plus, with the way things are now in the world, we need to work together to promote peace, justice, and understanding.
Basheera, MD - wrote on 12/21/2002 7:09:41 PM
Comment:The Muslimah was wrong in my estimation. When we respect the Christmas holiday, we are celebrating what Christians and Muslims both agree upon. That is, that the Messiah was born. This does not encourage any kind of Kufr. Some of the people of the book refused Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessings be upon him) for just this reason, that is, refusing to acnowledge any similarities of the message in order to pave the way for the acceptance of the Last Prophet. On that note I will end by saying that extreme views from any source are not only destructive but disgusting.
Sheima Salam, Columbia, SC - wrote on 12/20/2002 7:00:29 PM
Comment:Thank you, Sound Vision for your moderate views. I wish my Christian friends holiday greetings because I, as a Muslim, respect their right to be Christian. Islam is a beautiful religion because it respects the rights of others to choose what they believe. I am not encouraging them to commit kufr, but I am telling them that Muslims respect them and their religion. How can we expect Christians to respect us and our holidays if we don't respect theirs?Thanks, Soundvision, for being just.
Sincerely, Sheima Salam
Sayyad Mohammad Athar, Toronto Canada - wrote on 12/20/2002 4:46:10 PM
Comment:Walekum assalam to all the brothers and sisters, Islam is such a wonderful faith that we are allowed to participate (to some extent) in other's celebration with the intention to give them dawah. Maintain your identity, wish them and pack off. More often, the Christmas food stuff have alcohol mixed, to give them good taste and softness, so better avoid the cakes and pastries, but you can have cookies. Take care...
Muslimah, - wrote on 12/20/2002 10:14:20 AM
Comment:I think this article is very weak. It is nice to be all inclusive but when you get down to the facts, by congratulating or encourage someone celebrating Christmas you are congratulating or encouraging them in kufr. Prophet Isa (as) is a Prophet of Islam and we should not allow people to use his prophethood to celebrate falsehood. Sure, invite with wisdom.. but there is a difference between inviting people to Islam and openly encouraging people to do wrong (eg. sending out festive greetings which just happen to co-incide with Christmas).
tracey valentine, newjersey - wrote on 12/19/2002 3:27:07 PM
Comment:as salaamu alaikum
I was just wondering also about the children that attend non- muslim schools, what are we as muslim parents are to suggest to the teachers about the children hearing the christmas songs and participating in making stocking. Pleas advice me on what we should do or how to approach the staff in a respectable way.
mutiat, nigeria - wrote on 12/19/2002 2:19:41 PM
Comment:sallaam alaykum, jazakumllahu khyran jidan for putting us through on what is right and expected. i actually wanted to know what we muslims were to do and hoe to behave, i think i have that now.but can we eat of their xmas foodif given by a friend or neighbour? .pls reply me.
Tabinda, Ireland - wrote on 12/19/2002 2:16:09 PM
Comment:What about kids vsiting Santa's Grotto?And putting up X-mas trees with lights to share the festivities?...Any thoughts?
UmIman-Lori, Miami, FL USA - wrote on 12/19/2002 1:28:04 PM
Comment:This is just what I have been feeling and have been looking for in an article! The Christmas season can be a great time to do Dawah and spread the religion of Islam.
fatimah, nigeria - wrote on 12/19/2002 11:56:31 AM
i think while respecting their beliefs we should be careful in not celebrating with them as the Rasul is reported to have said:Whoever imitates a people is one of them.
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