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Sunday, December 25, 2005

A Very Merry Muslim Christmas

During this time, which has been one of the Holy days for most peoples, for most of the history of the human race, it is good to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.



For a few centuries now we have used the winter solstice time to remember the birth of Isa ibn Maryam, Ruh Allah, al Masha, as he is called in Arabic by Muslims everywhere (That would be translated as "Jesus, Son of Mary, Spirit of God, the Messiah, in English).

This year, more than any other I have been troubled by the hate and divisiveness that the so called "Christian" far Right has spread while attempting to connect it to this day of remembrance.

I feel that this happens because so many have become disconnected from the teachings of Jesus (as), and instead focus on the speech of men who would have you believe that they have God in their pocket.

During the Christmas season it is good to reflect on what Jesus (as) actually said, to contemplate how he told his followers to live.

I know that many Christians no longer consider the words of Jesus (as) to be important, being happier to put their faith in Paul rather than Jesus (as), but somehow I could never come to think that the instructions he left us should be cast aside.

So on Christmas I read the words of Jesus (as) in the book of Matthew, chapters five through seven, and think about how far we all are from following his teachings.

And I remember his answer in the Book of Matthew when the Pharisees ask Jesus (as)

22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?"

22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

22:40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Then I read the accounts of Jesus (as) in the Quran, starting with Sura al Maryam

Sura 19:16, The Chapter of Mary:

In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful.

16. Relate in the Book the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.

17. She placed a screen to screen herself from them; then We sent her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.

18. She said; "I seek refuge from thee in Allah Most Compassionate. Come not near if thou dost fear Allah."

19. He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, to announce to thee the gift of a holy son.

20. She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"

21. He said: "So it will be. Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me; and We wish to appoint him as a Sign unto men and as a Mercy from Us, It is a matter so decreed."

When I read these things I see that the only conflict is to be found in the hearts of men who have fallen away from the message that God has been giving to us for the entire history of mankind.

So this Christmas is is my hope that people will take the time to hold their lives up against the instructions about how to live that Jesus (as) gave us and ask (where do we fall short and how can we follow these words and teachings.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessings of the solstice, Happy Holidays and Salaam Alaykum to everyone who follows this blog.

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