With Regards to Wishing Christians “Merry Christmas”

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Christianity, Islam
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Muslims in general hold wishing “Merry Christmas” abominable since it ‘implies’ attesting God’s incarnation in Christ[p] on the 25th of December. However, in my personal opinion, this implication is implied not inherent. “Merry Christmas” only pertains to greeting Christians on the occasion of festivity upon their designated date for the birth of Christ[p]. As such, Christmas compliments are equivalent to any Eid greeting and therefore not detestable.

Is it adviseable to offer respects and hold non-Muslims in regard? I believe so. Most significant part of being Muslim is to be at peace with God, and one cannot be at peace with God so long as he is not peaceful and concerned toward others, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. God does not discriminate as to who be recipient of divine favor – whoever does good shall reap its reward – Muslims are likewise required to spread peace and guidance to all yearners regardless of their prior commitments.

Moreover, greetings bring people closer and how are we to invite and aware Christians to the Islamic Christ[p] if we distance ourselves from them? Wishes are also a way of expressing one’s concern for the other, and often bring opportunity for dialogue and da‘wah. Who knows a Christians, if Allaah wills, may well end up receiving guidance as a result?

In general, Christians to their credit find no hindrance in wishing us “Eid Mubaarak” even though it could mean to imply validity of prophet Muhammad’s[p] prophet-hood, Muslims are obliged by the Qur’an to give back something in a more handsome gesture [4:86].

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