A Muslim At Christmas


In the Name of God, the Kind, the Beautiful

These two articles, thanks be to the Lord God, were published on Christmas Day.

Jesus and Me! – A Muslim Ponders

Almost every year, I end up working on Christmas Day. It’s not that big of a deal, because I don’t celebrate the holiday, and I don’t mind working for my colleagues who do celebrate this holiday. After all, it’s only fair, because they cover for me when I take off for `Eid.

The only problem is that the day is so boring. There is nothing open! This becomes a challenge if I have to get something to eat.

Last year, I was working the night shift on Christmas, and there was almost no restaurant open to serve me food. Even the Chinese restaurants were closed! Thanks to God, the Muslim-owned restaurant was open.

Yet, even though I’m working, and Christmas is just another day for me, this doesn’t mean that I’m not pondering about Jesus. In fact, I’m thinking about Jesus (and his mother) very frequently. As I walk the hospital halls at which I work, I see several Nativity scenes on display, and it gets me to thinking about Jesus Christ. It reminds me of him and what a powerful and wonderful Prophet and Messenger he was.

Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, it does not mean I don’t have Jesus in my life…

Read the rest of the article here.

A Muslim at Christmas with love and Jesus on his mind

No, I do not celebrate Christmas as my Christian friends and neighbors do. December 25 is like any other day for me. In fact, it is quite a boring day for me, because, the whole world is off, and I am not. A few years ago, I worked overnight on Christmas, and I was looking for some place to eat: NOTHING was open…not even the Dunkin Donuts or the Chinese restaurants! Thanks be to God, the Muslim-owned Mediterranean restaurant was open, and I was spared a night of ravenous hunger.

Yet, that does not mean that the day has absolutely no significance for me as a Muslim. As I walk the halls of one of the hospitals at which I work, I see several Nativity scenes on display, and it gets me to thinking about Jesus Christ (pbuh). It reminds me of him and what a powerful and wonderful Prophet and Messenger he was. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, it does not mean I don’t have Jesus in my life.

When I think about Christmas, which is a Christian commemoration of the birth of Christ, it reminds me of God’s love for us.

What is a Prophet? He is a guide; he is an example sent to us by God to help us navigate the treachery of worldly life and the hypocrisy of the human condition; he is a direct link between the servants and the Master. When God sends a Prophet, it is manifest evidence of His undying love for us. So, even though I am not exchanging gifts on Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus Christ (pbuh) makes me very happy indeed…

Read the rest of the article here. In fact, I am guest contributor on the blog ReligionNerd.

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