By Wajahat Ali
Now hold your pants before you start raging over how our religion condemns such “kafir” activities created by the Zionists to derail the Muslim ummah from their true path to salvation and all of them good conspiracy theories which we come up without any prior evidence and research. To be honest, the Muslim’s are pretty derailed already without any external force, thanks to recent events such as the Peshawar attack, but that is not the topic I want to discuss. So hear me out.
Let’s remove all the previous junk, thoughts, ideas, stuff which is stuffed into our minds and thinking patterns by our environment and empty our minds. Let’s broaden our thinking horizon. Let’s pretend we don’t know anything, we don’t belong to any religion or society or sect or demographic or any statistic for the next 30 minutes or however long it’ll take you to read this article. Let’s not be bias, and we can only do this once we completely remove all the things we stuffed into our minds. Now have you done it? Yes? Good. Now that we have gotten this out of the way, we may begin.
I would like to give some background of Christmas before we actually come to main part. The first thing is obviously the name “Christmas”, itself, which comprises of two words Christ and Mass. It’s basically an annual festival which is coincidentally on the same date of our Beloved Founder’s Birthday; 25th of December.
The actual exact date of Christ’s birth is not confirmed. Now you would ask the question, “If it’s not confirmed then how did they come with the date 25th December?” There are many theories behind it. One of the reasons was that back in the days, there was a festival known as the “birthday of the Unconquered Sun” by Pagans which was annually held on the 25th December. So to Christianize this event, they selected this date. The Church Of England Liturgical Commission challenged this theory and proposed another reason which seemed more a “viable hypothesis”
Enough history and stuff. Let’s get down to the real thing now!
Whether we are a Muslim or Hindu or atheist or whatever, we all can learn a little from Christmas and I do not mean it in a religious way. You can have your belief and that’s completely fine, but you can’t disrespect someone else’s belief and their activities. In fact we should all learn to respect and try to take the good things from it and make ourselves a better human being.
The question is how do we do that? Well first we have to know what people do in Christmas. People are much friendlier; they pass smiles to each other, wish, and greet each other. Even the ones who they never talk to. Imagine walking down the street when someone looks at you smiles and says “Merry Christmas!” That would be a nice feeling. Regardless of personal thinking, the gesture is very kind and nice. They give gifts too! I mean who doesn’t like gifts? Now, you don’t have to be friendly only on Christmas. If we keep the “christmas spirit” up the whole year long we’ll see a dramatic change in our lives and also see how people tend to soften up and like you more.
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said
“Your smile for you brother is Charity”
It is exactly the same thing people do in Christmas smile and be more friendly. Why don’t we just pass smiles all year and not wait for a reason? The world would be a less gloomy place if it were these little things.
Families get along, all the fighting and arguments stop on these few days.
Talking about fighting, did you know that cause of Christmas there was ceasefire along the western Front during World War I? German and British soldiers came out of their trenches to exchange seasonal greetings, mingle, exchange of food and souvenirs. There were also joint burial services held and prisoner swaps. Most of the soldiers sang carols together. If such a festivity can stop two enemies hell bent to spill each other’s blood. I am pretty sure that we the believers of peace and equality can do the same.
Now that was the way people behave during Christmas, let’s talk business shall we?
Economy wise, Christmas is the peak selling season for retailers in many nations. Supermarkets and stores drop the prices of their products and call it the “Christmas discount”, and over here in Ramazanthe prices go up except for pepsi and coke which is sold for like 5 rupees less. If polices like these were implemented in our Holy month, I am pretty sure business would boost up as well.
These little little things can make a huge difference. We should try to stop criticizing other people and their festivities on their legitimacy and actually pick up the good things they do and teach and try to implement them onto ourselves. We would actually be better human beings.
Disclaimer: Researched based article, including the thoughts and opinion of the author.