Head of Islamic Verdict Body (Mufti) In Egypt & Most Islamic Countries


Quran celebrates Christmas

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In the latest one or two decades there has been some voices calling upon  muslims to refrain from congratulating or celebrating Christmas under the pretext that this is illegal in Islam . These claims never appeared throughout 14 centuries of Islamic history but only surfaced by the recent wave of non rational extremism & bigotry adopted by those few violent or extremist muslim factions who claim that congratulating Christians on Christmas is an association to ALLAH & that it implies the recognition of Jesus as a GOD

Sheikh  Muhammad  Abduh (1849-1905) , Head of Islamic verdict body in his time   has stated in his famous article “Principles of Islam ” that maintaining cordial & friendship relations with non muslims is a principle of Islam

Affirming what the Sheikh said , & addressing the recent issue of congratulating Christians on Christmas day, the page editor hereby quotes Quran verses hailing & celebrating Jesus birth (Christmas) as a day of peace & good tidings

Q 19 :33

وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيَّ يَوْمَ وُلِدتُّ

translation ” And peace is on me the day I was born 

Q 3:45 إِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍ مِّنْهُ اسْمُهُ الْمَسِيحُ

translation ” when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus”

Thus, Congratulating Christians & celebrating Christmas  is allowable in Islam &  in line with Quran that hailed Christmas & urged us to maintain cordiality with all people including & specially those people of scripture & does not at all imply any recognition of Jesus as GOD , Jesus in Quran is Sprit from ALLAH , His word to Mary, His Prophet  & a Sign of GOD on earth . Christmas is a day of peace & good tidings as stated in Quran