Christmas

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The word "Christmas" comes from Cristes Maesse which means Mass of Christ. According to the World Book Encyclopaedia "Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth, but most Christians observe Christmas on December 25 (Vol.3, Pg.528)." Among the various customs described as part of the religious observances of Christmas is that Christians "exchange gifts" and "decorate their homes".

 

RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL

This little excerpt merely highlights what almost all Muslims are well aware of that Christmas is a Christian religious festival. To adopt any of the customary Christmas practices during December is tantamount to joining the Christians in their religious custom. No Muslim will light clay lamps outside his house and hang marigolds on his door during Diwali, nor does any Muslim hang a cross around his neck, since these aspects are distinctly associated with other religions. Likewise are the Christmas practices of "gift-giving" and banging decorations.

 

GIFTS

Muslims should hence refrain from giving customers or clients "Christmas gifts" and from decorating their shops. Nor should they have "Christmas' specials or a "Christmas Sale." Merely advertise what is on sale. Do not make it a "Christmas Sale."

Simply one should not have any association whatsoever with Christmas celebrations - not even by wishing anybody "merry Christmas."

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