Christmas Trees or Qurbani?

514746_moroccan_feast.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well it’s that magical time of the year again!

That time when everybody comes together, shares a good ol’ family meal and sacrifices a lamb…? (Qurbani)

Yes I am of course talking about the up and coming Eid-ul-Adha. Why what were you thinking? Christmas?

Ok, while we’re on the topic of festivals, what does Islam say about the tolerance of the festivals of other religions, or even other religions themselves?

Well as we know that it is not part of Islam to force somebody to accept it, we can deduce that Islam is extremely tolerant to other religions and cultures.

During the time of the Prophet (PBUH) and the subsequent Caliphate when Islam had an empire, the people whom the Muslims ruled over were never forced to accept Islam, on the contrary, it was the teaching of the Prophet (PBUH) that any other places of worship were to be respected and worshippers to be left alone.

But that did not stop the Muslim missionaries and preachers from inviting people towards Islam, indeed, due to their constant efforts and by seeing the lifestyle of the Muslims that lived with them, many of those people embraced Islam.

So how does that apply in modern Muslim Britain?

Well, just taking the example of Christmas, I recently learned of a close Muslim friend of mine having a Christmas tree in his house and also the fact that he had bought ‘presents’ for his whole family!

Ok, so you might say he’s tapped into the ’spirit of Christmas’! But as a Muslim, is that what he should be doing?

Whilst we should most definitely be respecting the cultures and religious beliefs of others because that is the teaching of Islam and the action of any normal human being, that does not mean that we should fall headlong into those celebrations ourselves and forget our own…

Why? Because if we celebrate as Islam teaches us to celebrate at Eid, then not only will we be pleasing Allah through our celebrations, but we will also be showing 21st century Britain how a Muslim celebrates – a different, more God-fearing way.

And who knows? Maybe, through seeing the difference, more people might come closer towards Islam and understand…..because it is only through understanding our similarities and our differences will we be able to live together as a human race and be able to overcome our prejudices and misunderstandings.

So Christmas trees or Qurbani?

I know which one I’d choose!

Ma’as-salaam

Eid Mubarak to everybody from the Hidayah Blog Team! 

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One Response to “Christmas Trees or Qurbani?”

  1. Imam Abu Dawood narrates in his Sunan from Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, Rasulullah (saw) said, “من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم”. He who imitates a people, then he is one of them.

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