Letter: Namood-e-Sahir, Ashburn

Editor: This Sunday, Dec. 25,  Christians worldwide will once again be celebrating Christmas-the birth of Jesus (peace be upon him). Christmas, however, has now become a commercial enterprise with too much emphasis on shopping and buying expensive gifts. One cannot take his eyes off from brightly colored beautiful decorations. But what is the significance of Christmas in Islam?

Though Muslims do not celebrate Christmas they hold Jesus in great respect as one of the greatest prophets.  He was born to one of the most pious women in history, Mary. A whole chapter in the Qur’an is named after Mary (Chapter 19-Maryam). Qur’an has mentioned Jesus more times than the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

According to Islam, Jesus was a noble prophet who believed in the absolute unity of God. For this reason, we Muslims do not believe in the divinity of Jesus. Qur’an clearly mentions, “Said Jesus: ‘surely, God is my Lord, and your Lord, so worship Him alone, this is the right path” (19:37).

Muslims may not celebrate Christmas but certainly they consider Jesus (peace be upon him) as a true servant of God.

Namood-e-Sahir, Ashburn

One thought on “Letter: Namood-e-Sahir, Ashburn

  • 2017-01-07 at 8:08 pm
    Permalink

    The letter writer explains the significance of Christmas in Islam. Allow me to explain the significance of Christmas in Christianity.

    As a Christian, I recognize the birth of Jesus Christ as so much more than the birth of a mere prophet. Jesus’ birth was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy that promised that a virgin would give birth to a son who would take upon himself the sins of the world. This child would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us,” because once again God would tabernacle with man, not as He did in the Jewish temple, not even as He did in the Garden of Eden, but as a man … the one and only God-Man. You see, this was necessary because, as man, He would be the “second Adam” who would serve as our kinsman redeemer; as God, He would alone would be capable of living a sinless life and thereby provide the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind. It’s absolutely phenomenal! Who but God could devise such a plan?

    And, yes “God is One,” but Scripture is also clear that God is three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He came to do the will of the Father, and He prayed to the Father, but He also said, “before Abraham was, I am” and promised that once he ascended to the Father He would prepare a place for those who believe in Him. His apostle John also writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God.”

    Jesus also promised that when He ascended to the Father He would send the Holy Spirit who would convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. This is the work of the Holy Spirit among the unredeemed. Among the redeemed, the Holy Spirit does the regenerating work, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, and seals the believer unto the day of redemption. And it is the Holy Spirit who illuminates Scripture and gives understanding.

    It’s all so beautiful when you study the Bible from beginning to end and come to fully understand it.

    That’s why Christians celebrate.

Leave a Reply