Today I logged into Twitter, and a discussion between a couple of tweeps about is it religiously acceptable for Muslims to celebrate Christmas with their fellow Christians. Some said it’s shirk and 7aram and celebrating Christmas means that one is accepting trinity; the father, the son and the holy spirit; that one would accept that Jesus is the son of God thus Muslims would say that this is blasphemous.
While the others said that celebrating Christmas does not mean that one is “converted”; the same applies when Christians in the Levant fast in Ramadan, does this mean they are Muslims?? Nope they are still Christians who respect their Muslim friends and neighbors. Though sometimes Christians are forced to fast, because they get fined if caught eating in public – which I find is absurd-.
I personally celebrate Christmas, I would join in a Christmas eve dinner, exchange gifts, even go to a midnight mass sans taking communion. Yet at the same time, I’d still go to the mosque and pray. When going and sharing a meal with a christian family, religion conversion is not why I go there. I go there because they are friends, human beings, people who I share my life with. I was never asked to be a Christian or read the bible for a religious reason.
While growing up, one of our family’s best friend are a Jordanian Christian couple who couldn’t have children. They treated us as their own nieces and nephews. There was always a gift for each one of us under the Christmas tree, a place on the table, and this tradition extended to weddings, engagements and any family affairs. The same applied to my family, they are invited to everything we do.
This interactions is not driven by religion; this is driven because people have been living together for thousands of years, sharing the same land and the same causes. When one goes to a funeral in a church, one is not thinking of converting his/her religion, one does that because it’s a social obligation.
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