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Why Muslim Influencers Are ‘Celebrating Christmas Too’
Al Arabiya ^ | Sabrine Shaw

Posted on 01/14/2018 9:14:39 AM PST by nickcarraway

Growing up with an English father and Tunisian mother, my family knows a fair amount about embracing more than one culture. Despite my father being a Muslim since marrying my mother, my family still celebrates Christmas every year.

As a child, this was often met with either confusion or understanding depending on who I spoke to. I’d like to think that I got the best of both worlds with my parents being from different cultures.

My childhood is full of memories of putting up the tree with my brothers, leaving out cookies and milk for Santa and opening presents on Christmas morning. All of this considered, our family never associated religion with the celebrations, it was simply a time where my family on my English side all got together and enjoyed dinner. I know that this is something that not only my family and I embrace, but many Arabs in the Middle East and all over the world have come to adopt during the holiday season and view it as culture, as opposed to religion.

An example was seen by Emirati social media personality Khalid Al Ameri, who this week posted a video about whether Muslims and Arabs celebrate Christmas or not, stating that although they may not formally celebrate, they embrace the holiday spirit.

In the light-hearted clip, Ameri says: “The most important thing that we celebrate here (in the UAE) is the ability to bring love, joy and happiness to anyone and everyone who comes here and calls this place home, regardless of their culture, regardless of their religion.”

He then attempts to show proof of this with footage of Christmas decorations and festive markets around Abu Dhabi. From this video, there is an underlying message that Christmas is an inclusive holiday.

Some people however do view this topic differently as we recently saw with British boxer Amir Khan’s fans’ reaction to him having a Christmas tree at home for his daughter. Khan received death threats however also received support from fellow Muslims around the world, one commenting: “I think, we realize that Christmas is more cultural than religious. Just because I have a tree it doesn’t make me Christian.”

Despite this, young social media influencers persist in trying to promote co-existance, this is emphasized by a video post by American-Muslim musician Raef where he re-works the lyrics of ‘Deck the Halls’ to fit into that of Islamic beliefs, integrating the holiday spirit and the mutual love the religions share for the prophet Isa, Jesus.

Raef says of the song: “Those who celebrate Jesus from the Christian faith and those who express love for him from the Muslim faith have plenty in common,” showing us that there is a lot more that makes us similar, than different from one another.

Raef’s final comments were: “the power of music to transcend cultural and religious boundaries is incredible!” Hopefully, we can all learn from embracing other cultures and unite in embracing the festive season together.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Religion; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: christmas; muslim

1 posted on 01/14/2018 9:14:39 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

———> envelope


2 posted on 01/14/2018 9:16:32 AM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: Jane Long

“There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best known being taqiyya.”
Taqiyya in action?


3 posted on 01/14/2018 9:18:42 AM PST by antidemoncrat
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To: antidemoncrat

If only more Christians knew they are allowed to tell the truth to Muslims.


4 posted on 01/14/2018 9:24:00 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
“The most important thing that we celebrate here (in the UAE) is the ability to bring love, joy and happiness to anyone and everyone who comes here and calls this place home, regardless of their culture, regardless of their religion.”

"Which is why kaffir are free to attend the church of their choice during this joyful season. Or they would be free to do so if there were any actual churches in these oppressive hellholes, but there aren't because we don't tolerate their being built. And even if they were, we would just wait outside until the infidel services were over, then behead the celebrants as they emerged from their blasphemous shrines.

Happy Holidays, idiots!"

5 posted on 01/14/2018 9:36:48 AM PST by IronJack (A)
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To: antidemoncrat

Sounds like it, to me.


6 posted on 01/14/2018 9:40:33 AM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: nickcarraway

What next, pork ribs being served at eld al fitr feasts?


7 posted on 01/14/2018 9:50:22 AM PST by posterchild
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To: nickcarraway

The likes of this is to further the lie that “muslims are just like Christians” - after all, we ‘celebrate’ Christmas and therefore worship the same God!

The father of lies is a very skillful deceiver.

Put on the full armor of God...


8 posted on 01/14/2018 9:50:31 AM PST by Paulie (America without Christ is like a Chemistry book without the periodic table.)
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Man non-believers celebrate ‘Christmas’ as they like the idea of Santa. I know lots of people who have no religious faith who have a tree and Santa. They are just teaching their children that is it a fun holiday.....no religion required. BUT, if there is a parent of a different religion, especially Muslim, this is likely taqqiya.


9 posted on 01/14/2018 10:46:01 AM PST by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell)
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To: originalbuckeye

How many of those popular Christmas Carols they play every year were written by/sung by Jews?


10 posted on 01/14/2018 10:47:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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My husband and I often enjoy the fact that many of the best Christmas albums/CDs, etc, are written/sung by Jewish musicians/singers. Never mind. They have wonderful voices so I always enjoy them.


11 posted on 01/14/2018 10:51:37 AM PST by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell)
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To: originalbuckeye

Exactly. But the point stands that it’s no longer a “Christian” holiday.


12 posted on 01/14/2018 10:54:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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