Islam and Christmas

I have recently written about all the ornery atheists who hate Christ, hate Christmas, and hate anyone who enjoys both. They have made it their goal in life to become misotheistic scrooges, doing their best to make life miserable for anyone who dares to celebrate this occasion.

Well, sadly, they are not alone. Islam of course vehemently denies that God had a son, so it abhors the entire notion of Christmas. It is considered to be blasphemous to even countenance the thought that God could have a son. Indeed, on a wall on the Dome of the Rock are these words written in Arabic: “I [Allah] have no son, and whoever says he is my son is a liar.” Thus the celebration of Christmas is taboo in Islam.

And many outspoken Muslims are quite happy to remind us of this. We have had another example of this yet again. Consider this headline from today’s press: “No merriness here: mosque puts fatwa on Christmas”. The story opens as follows:

“The Lakemba Mosque has issued a fatwa against Christmas, warning followers it is a ‘sin’ to even wish people a Merry Christmas. The religious ruling, which followed a similar lecture during Friday prayers at Australia’s biggest mosque, was posted on its Facebook site on Saturday morning.

“The head imam at Lakemba, Sheikh Yahya Safi, had told the congregation during prayers that they should not take part in anything to do with Christmas. Samir Dandan, the president of the Lebanese Muslim Association, which oversees the mosque, could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

“The fatwa, which has sparked widespread community debate and condemnation, warns that the ‘disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path’. It also says that Christmas Day and associated celebrations are among the ‘falsehoods that a Muslim should avoid … and therefore, a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate them’.”

This angry denunciation of Christmas is not unique to this Sydney mosque of course. Many others have said it as well. Consider for example this one-minute video clip. Please listen for yourself:

In it we hear an Islamic scholar claiming that ‘Saying Merry Christmas is worse than fornication, or drinking alcohol, or killing someone’. Worse than killing someone! And yet people keep telling us Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

Not quite. Any faithful Muslim will follow closely the teachings and practices of Muhammad, and there is no way he can be described as either peaceful or tolerant. But I have documented that elsewhere:

Thus I hope you all enjoy this Christmas season. But you might need to be careful who you talk to about this. There seem to be plenty of angry atheists and Muslims out there who will not take too kindly to your Christmas wishes.

[476 words]

About this entry