I'll admit, when I was young I got excited about Christmas, even though I knew we didn't celebrate it, it was not drummed into me enough that celebrating Christmas with my friends was actually haraam in every single way. Although Christmas was a big deal at school, during the holidays in my house it was just another day, the only thing exciting about Christmas day was probably the movie marathons on TV.
Getting excited over Christmas is not what you'd expect from a Muslim (a grown up Muslim).Living in a Christian country (no matter how much they pretend its secular) its obvious we are going to be surrounded by kuffar traditions, customs and beliefs, but that does not mean we have to join in.
In recent years I have seen the festival of Christmas and become an important day in Muslim households. How many of you have a Christmas dinner even though you pretend its not for Christmas? Yes the whole family gets together and mum cooks a roast turkey (just to see how it would be). In my family unfortunately the 'Christmas dinner' has become a big thing. It started off with...'lets just try and cook a turkey just to see how it would taste' to ....'whose house shall we have a family dinner on Christmas day this year?' I was astonished when I heard Muslims make it an occasion to go and watch the Christmas lights being turned on, I was horrified when I heard some 'Muslims' even buy and decorate their own Christmas trees. With or without realising it we are becoming like the kuffar, whether we want to admit it or not.
Al-Bukhari narrated in his Sahih (book) that Abu Saeed Al-Khudri رضي الله عنه reported that Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: "You will indeed follow the ways of those before you, hand span by hand span, and an arms length after another. Even if they enter into a lizards hole, you will follow them. We asked, is it the Jews and the Christians? He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم replied, Who else!"
Yes, even many Christians don't know what Christmas is about, to most people its an excuse to eat a lot, spend a lot, drink a lot etc. It is well known that Christmas has become commercialised, even the Athiest's that hate religion and try to make themselves (and others) believe that there is no such thing as God celebrate Christmas, its ridiculous! The shaytaan has really got some people twisted.
But lets begin to think what Christmas really is about and how it is a serious grave sin to celebrate it in any way what so ever.
When I heard a little boy recite a few verses from Surah Maryam a couple of years ago, with so much passion it brought tears to my eyes, even though I didn't know the translation back then I felt like I was being stabbed in the heart, now I know the translation I know why my heart felt so strongly about these verses.
Watch the video below, if the verses being recited don't make you emotional then your heart has hardened since this verse and every verse of the Quran is as though Allah is talking directly to you. This is Allah telling us how the heavens and the earth reacted to the news that people believed, preached and celebrated the monstrous lie about the Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth.
Those who say: ‘The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,’ preach a monstrous falsehood, at which the very heavens might crack, the earth break asunder, and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should ascribe a son to the Merciful, when it does not become the Lord of Mercy to beget one!
If someone told a disgraceful and degrading lie abut your mum how would you feel? If someone insulted her (said the worst possible thing they could about your mother) what would you want to do to them? Now think of saying 'Merry Christmas' to someone or even just replying to it like this..... People are saying something so disgusting and sooo horrendous about someone you love more than your own mother, Allah swt Himself. And what do you do?
They say Christmas was the day Allah All Mighty begot a son! And you agree??!! you may say 'no its just a greeting' but those very words you uttered was an insult to Allah swt. It is as though the mountains crumbled to dust! Mountains! one of the biggest, strongest things on earth crumbled to dust when they said the son of God was born, so how can you call yourself a Muslim if you know this and still get into the 'spirit of Christmas'?
Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم warned us against it. At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: "He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians."
God forbid Muslims should start celebrating the festivals of the Jews and polytheists.
Christmas should be a time where the Muslims all over the world remember the words of Allah swt and how the Jews and Christians insulted and mistreated our beloved prophet s.a.w when he was alive, how they carry on insulting and degrading him today. Think about how over the years they have tortured and killed Muslims across the world through their crusades and the crusades that carry on to this very day.Christmas should be a time of Dawah and inter-faith relations. A time in which we explain to the world why Christmas is the celebration of a lie. We should take the opportunity of Christmas to tell the world the true story of Isa (AS) [Jesus pbuh]
Say: ‘GOD is One, the Eternal God. He begot none, nor was He begotten. None is equal to Him.’
Oh Muslim Ummah, I urge you to think this year, Why are you sending your children straight into shaytaans traps? Are your actions disrespecting and insulting Allah All Mighty? Don't you feel ashamed of what you have done? How will you ever forgive yourself for doing something so evil? I, myself do not have enough tears to show Allah swt how sorry I am for being so ignorant all these years. Wake up and step out of your state of ignorance, don't make excuses for yourself just change yourself, Allah is the Most Forgiving, so don't be a fool, repent before its too late.
How can we expect Allah to change the situation that Muslims are in today if we do not change ourselves first?