Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Decorations ...

(i have taken the liberty to edit the title of the entry - pakpayne )


Anonymous said...

Huh, gapo dio nak ucap christmas ni? Boleh jatuh syirik ni, umpama membenarkan agama yang syirik (menyengutukan tuhan 3 dalam 1). Kena hati-hati dalam ucapan dan niat abe Sdi..

Rusdi Abu Bakar said...

Thanks for advise & comment.

Yes may be you are right, my knowledge only average in this matter.

But my intent is only to wish all the people who celebrate these day (for sure im not celebrate xmas, i just going to sharjah with Halim to take photo :) )& visit this blog, because i belive not only muslim visit this blog also we are living in mix culture, religious, people & everything.

For me i know where im stand, Islam will be my belive forever & Allah Almighty is the only God!!! but my respect goes to all!!!

Again, Thanks for advise & comment. No heart feeling at all

Anonymous said...

Kalau ucapkan Merry Christmas utk orang Kristian bole syirik ka? Bole jadi KAFIR??
Sila kemukakan Hujjah dari Al Quran dan Al Hadis atau dari pandangan Ulama.

Anonymous said...

Kawe pon budok baru belaja. Cumo tak dok kawe ketemu dale sejarah Nabi atau sahabat dok ucap krismas.

Krismas ni kalu tak silap ambo, perayae agamo. Perayae bersandar pado agamo Kristian.

Buke perayae budayo umpamo Tahun Baru Cino.

Ambo teringak surah al kafirun. Cubo kito samo-samo bacho tafsir bab surah ni (untuk mu agamo mu, untuk aku, agamo aku)

Ambo kongsi samo pandange ulama.

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Every people have their `Eid…" Some celebrations are of a religious nature, and some others are social and cultural. Some celebrations are based on beliefs and practices that are contrary to Islamic teachings, and some celebrations are not of that nature. Some people claim that Christmas is now a secular holiday and it is very much an American national holiday rather than a religious holiday. But it is wrong to assume that because this holiday is national, it has ceased to be Christian. It is true that this holiday is very popular and it is extremely commercialized; nevertheless it is basically a religious holiday. Its very name and all its symbolism is Christian through and through.

Christians celebrate at Christmas what they believe to be the "day of the birth of God's Son" or what they call "God Incarnate". Thus it is not only a celebration of another religion, it is also a celebration that is based on a belief that is totally against the teachings of Islam. From the Islamic point of view, the belief in the "Son of God" or "God in the flesh" is a blasphemy and kufr (denial of God's Oneness). By participation in Christmas, it is possible that slowly one may lose his or her consciousness of this basic point of difference. Muslims must be very careful in this matter. The greatest danger is for our next generation, who may slowly lose their Islamic faith in tawhid and may start believing in Jesus as "more than a prophet and servant of Allah".

The argument that “Christmas is, after all, Prophet Jesus' birthday and so there is no harm in celebrating Christmas” is neither logical nor Islamic. Why should Muslims celebrate Jesus' birthday? Why not the birthdays of the other 24 prophets and messengers who are mentioned in the Qur'an by name? For us Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the final Prophet and Messenger of Allah, not Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus was the last one and they say that "after God spoke through many prophets … in these last days he spoke to us through his son whom he made to inherit every thing" (New Testament, Hebrews 1:1). Thus they celebrate his coming, but for us Muslims, Prophet Muhammad was the last Prophet and Allah appointed him for all people and for all times to come.

I do agree that our little children are deeply affected with the festivities and glitter of this holiday. We should try to take them to some Islamic camps and conferences at this time and give them some other alternate programs and activities. But Muslim families should not have Christmas trees in their homes, nor should they put up lights inside or outside their homes at this time. We should tell our children that we are Muslims and this is not our holiday. This is the holiday of our Christian neighbors and friends. We may give greetings to our Christian friends and neighbors on their holiday, but we should not make it our own holiday.

I am pleased to know that you celebrate Ramadan and `Eids with lights and decoration of your home and exchange gifts with your children. This is very thoughtful, indeed. It is good to decorate our homes and masjids during Ramadan and for `Eids. It is mentioned in one of the Hadiths that even the heaven is especially decorated during the month of Ramadan. Allah Almighty closes the gates of Hell and opens the gates of Paradise during the month of Ramadan. We Muslims should give special attention to our own Islamic holidays. In this way our children will be attracted to our own celebrations rather than looking at others.

Unfortunately, there are some Muslims who do not pay any attention to Ramadan and `Eids. Some of them do not even come to `Eid prayers and even if they come, they do not take their day off from work. Thus their children have no idea about Islamic holidays or they think that Islam is a religion without any festivals and celebrations.

Explaining the reasons why Muslims don’t celebrate and believe in Christmas, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Christmas was a pagan custom which was adopted into Christianity; it has nothing to do with reverence and love of Jesus, the mighty Messenger of Allah that we Muslims hold in the highest regard and respect. If Jesus were to come today, whether or not he would identify himself with those who celebrate Christmas is a question one should ask seriously.

If we are celebrating the great teachings of Jesus or other prophets, we must do so everyday. To do so means to practice love, mercy, justice and compassion and to be actively engaged in doing the will of God.

Rusdi Abu Bakar said...

Thanks for advise.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot man.
Anonymous said...
Kawe pon budok baru belaja. Cumo tak dok kawe ketemu dale sejarah Nabi atau sahabat dok ucap krismas.

We are muslims dan iman kita bole tergugat melalui perbuatan,perkataan dan niat.

Sama-sama kita betulkan apa2 yg silap dan hidup mati kita hanya kerana Allah. AllahuAkhbar 3X