Never would the Messiah disdain to be a servant of Allah , nor would the angels near [to Him]. And whoever disdains His worship and is arrogant - He will gather them to Himself all together.
Surah An Nisa, Verse 171-172
|Biblical representation on the birth of Jesus|
Many of us remember the story, either from books or movies, on how Jesus was born in a stable and was placed in a manger, later visited by the 3 wise men from the East, purportedly to be Magis who followed the sign of the North star.
The Holy Quran also describes the birth of Jesus being in the outdoors but only describes that it was below a palm tree.
|Persian inscription of the story from||Surah Maryam|
"So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'"
Surah Maryam, Verse 22-26
The date of his birth is supposedly to be the 25th of December 00 AD. So, was Jesus born on that day in that year?
In the Bible, Luke described the scenario of the day Jesus was born with "shepherd abiding in the fields, keeping watch upon their flocks by night" which are activities carried out during Spring. Even today, with the information obtained through the internet, we know that the temperature in Bethlehem (Bayt-ul-Laham) is 10C, indicating that it is winter time. It's much too cold to be born outside, or even in a barn.
Historians today conclude, based on events as stated by Christian historians that Jesus was actually born somewhere between 7 to 2BC, and the date, nobody knows, but it is widely speculated to be during Spring.
|Pagan Sun-god, Mithra|
The Christianization of Europe absorbed a lot of paganistic elements, mish-mashed with history. The name and figure of Santa Claus was derived from Sinterklaas, Odin and several other paganistic deities, while the character was based from Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century Greek Christian bishop in Turkey. He is famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes. During the Middle Ages, often on the evening before his name day of the 6th of December, children were bestowed gifts in his honor. This date was earlier than the original day of gifts for the children, which moved in the course of the Reformation and its opposition to the veneration of saints in many countries on the 24th and 25th December. So Saint Nicholas was changed to Santa Claus. This was also a strategy to capture the minds of the children and youths, although well intended where encouraging to be good always and that they are watched always.
|Saint Nicholas and the evolution to Santa Claus|
So far, we have seen that today's Christmas celebration is more of a festival that resulted from marketing strategies designed to convert people. In today's advanced communication world, the strategy doesn't stop there.
It seems that the completion of Islam caused a lot of the old religions, whether paganistic or scriptures, problems. Despite in some parts agreeing and enhancing, many of the revelations dented their long-standing doctrines. The Quran revealed that Jesus never died but was ascended to Heaven by Allah, leaving their doctrine of "Jesus died on the cross to absolve the crimes of humankind" drowning. Further damaging to them is the fact that Allah revealed that Jesus was a Prophet and a man, not the Son of God or even God.
And when Allah will say: O Jesus, son of Mary, didst thou say to men, Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah? He will say: Glory be to Thee! it was not for me to say what I had no right to (say). If I had said it, Thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Thy mind. Surely Thou art the great Knower of the unseen.
Al-Maeda Verse 116
And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity.
Surah Al Furqan, Verse 72
Not surprising to see why there are so many Muslims out gallivanting around on Christmas eves. With Christian doctrines being adjusted to suit the social and political climate, such as allowing pre-marital sex and LGBT to increase their audience, Islam remains steadfast in its stand as commanded by Allah. To this, Christmas, even not targeted as religious, is also used to turn young Muslims away from his/her religion.
Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them. So pardon and overlook until Allah delivers His command.
Indeed, Allah is over all things competent.
Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 109
The companion of the Prophet, Abdullaah Ibn Amr Ibn al-'Aas said: "Whoever celebrates the Persian New Year's Day or their carnival and imitates them till his death he will be resurrected with them on the Day of Judgment."
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: "Whoever imitates a nation is but one of them." [Abu Daawood]
With all the so-called liberalism influencing from the west...and the One Eyed, I am not surprised that even the planned riots of 31st December 2013 are planned and will begin from churches. With pluralism demanding itself to be worshipped by Muslims in Malaysia, one would wonder how long we can last...