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"Islamic View on Celebrating Christmas, New Year"
Special Dispatch - Saudi Arabia January 8, 2003 No. 456

In the "Focus on Islam" section of the Saudi English-language newspaper Riyadh Daily, an article titled "Islamic View on Celebrating Christmas, New Year" (1) discussed how Muslims should perceive Christian holidays, specifically Christmas and the New Year. The following are excerpts from the article as it originally appeared in English:

"Many Christians Do Not Realize That Much of the Celebration of Christmas is Actually of Pagan Origin" [Zionsake: see also Babylon-Rome-Mysteries/08-Rome-festivals]

"Cristes maesse," meaning 'Christ's mass' was the name for the festival service of worship held on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus (PBUH), although there is no exact date of his birth, not even... the year is known. The stories of his birth in the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke, were written several decades after the event, because there was no knowledge about the date of his birth, a day had to be selected. The Eastern Orthodox and the Eastern Rite Churches within the Roman Catholic Church chose January 6. The Western Church based in Rome chose December 25, as early as AD 336. Thus, many Christians do not realize that much of the celebration of Christmas is actually of pagan origin. The Romans celebrated the Feast of the Invincible Sun on December 25. The early church fathers elected to celebrate the birth of Jesus (PBUH) on this date, although there was no particular reason to choose this one. In fact, many Christian scholars contend that Jesus was actually born [in the] summer.
[*Allah (one god) is a different god than the God of Israel (Elohim - multiple oneness). See 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Christmas: "Has Nothing to do With the Birth or Teachings of Jesus Christ"

"Both Muslims and serious Christians can learn a lot from Christmas, the annual celebration of the victory of paganism over the religion of Prophet Jesus Christ (PBUH). No one disputes that the event and all its symbols came from pagan religions; it has nothing to do with the birth or teachings of Jesus Christ. For one thing, no one knows with certainty the date of birth of Jesus Christ. 'In fact, dates in almost every month in the year were suggested by reputable scholars at one time or another,' notes The American Book of Days. For another, the celebration of birthdays is itself a pagan idea, never promoted by any Prophet or Book of God, including the Bible. Early Church leaders opposed it strongly. As late as 245 CE African Church father and philosopher Origen wrote that it was sinful even to contemplate observing Jesus's birthday 'as though he were a King Pharaoh.' (The American Book of Days)"

"[As Muslims] we Cannot Condone Practices That in Our View Misrepresent Jesus (PBUH) and Help Make Him the Focus of Worship as a God Figure"

In addition, the above evidence has shown that many of these practices have no relationship whatsoever to Jesus (PBUH) and instead have pagan origins."

"This Defeat of Christianity at the Hands of Paganism Must Be Contrasted with Islam's Resounding Victory Over It"

Before Islam, Arabia was a pagan country - big time. But none of the pagan customs survived after Islam.

[Zionsake: Not true, Allah is a moon god and Islam is altogether based on superstition, pagan practices and deception, viz. the fertility connection (phallic - minaret - and pregnant belly - dome), pilgrimage to Mecca, walking around the Kabah, throwing stones at the devil, human sacrifice (root of suicide bombings), honor killings of women, oppression of women, killing of infidels, etc. The fact that the Imams and other spiritual leaders don't offer themselves for suicide missions show that they don't believe the fallacy they teach their followers of the rewards of the jihadi, like 70 virgins. They obviously have information the common followers of Islam don't have, because they are "initiated" into deeper truths, that is common in religions that originated in Babylon - see Babylon-Rome-Mysteries.]

This in itself is a miracle that serious students of comparative religions must reflect upon. Here is a living proof of the authenticity of the last Messenger[**] (PBUH). Jesus (PBUH) is one of a series of prophets. These prophets or messengers were sent to specific nations with the exemption of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) whose divine message was the final one to all humankind comprising moral guidance or revelation. Jesus (PBUH) was one such messenger sent down to a particular people, the Jews."
[** Another fallacy, Jesus came for everybody, since his is the only salvation for mankind.
Gal 1:6-9 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you
(like to Muhammad), let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! NIV]

Endnotes:

[1]

Riyadh Daily, December 23, 2002,
http://www.riyadhdaily.com.sa/cgi-bin/display_assay.pl?issue=Monday+-+23+Dec ember+2002&section=Focus+on+Islam&id=27468.

[2]

Why the God of Israel and the God of Islam cannot be the same God.

[3]

Is Muhammad (Mohammed) a prophet? Joseph Smith - May 1995

[4]

Who is a true Prophet? Compiled a group of evangelical Christians.

[5]

Jihad - Islamic Holy war. Peter Hammond.

[6]

Islam, the Devil's Cauldron. By Dr William Whiteley

[7]

Who is this Allah? Jan Willem van der Hoeven

[8]

Babylon-Rome-Mysteries/Islam-Babylon-Rome
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