Lady Mary


In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving

“Do you celebrate Christmas?”

This is a frequent question asked of me. When I answer in the negative, many people will then tell me, “Happy Holidays,” so as not to offend me. I answer them by saying, “Merry Christmas.”

No, I do not celebrate Christmas, but it does not mean I don’t love Jesus. It does not mean that Jesus is not on my mind. It does not mean that Christ is not in my heart. In fact, as I was driving into work on Christmas Day, I was motivated to play a beautiful song by Muslim country singer Kareem Salama, “Lady Mary.” It brought tears to my eyes:

I can see her standing alone all the men in the world and she longed for none
I can see her bowing her head in that silent room as she forges ahead
I can see her call out the name of the love of her life; it won’t be in vain
And I know they said things that hurt but you didn’t speak a word
And I wish I was there to defend you Lady Mary
And I will honor your name in my heart Lady Mary
And I think of your love and your laugh and your tears and the fact that you’re gone I’m so torn
And I wish I was there Lady Mary

I can see you crying in fear but you’re like the angel that came so near
And you must know that blessed is your face and blessed is your soul and your trace
And I wish I was there to defend you Lady Mary
And I will honor your name in my heart Lady Mary
And I think of your love and your laugh and your tears and the fact that you’re gone I’m so torn
And I wish I was there Lady Mary

Oh Lady Mary I still search for the traces of your soul

In my heart and in the hearts of the people I know
A timeless woman with something to teach

On what it’s like to really be free
You were all the inspiration this man could ever need
And I wish I was there to defend you Lady Mary
And I will honor your name in my heart Lady Mary
And I think of your love and your laugh and your tears and the fact that you’re gone I’m so torn
And I wish I was there Lady Mary

I also wish I was there to defend my Lady Mary. I can imagine the anguish and pain she felt knowing that she will bear a child with no father. I can imagine what it must have been like knowing that she will be accused of a horrific thing. I wish I was there to tell the people that she is not what they were saying. She is an honorable woman, a mother of a Prophet, the mother of the Messiah, a woman chosen by God above all others.

What a wonderful woman, and I am filled with love for her. So, even though I did not celebrate Christmas with my Christian friends and neighbors, I am still filled with the thoughts of Lady Mary and her blessed son. I would not be a true Muslim if I did not.

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