Why I Won’t Truly Celebrate Christmas as a Muslim

  • Robyn

    Thank you. I agree. My husband and I are the only Muslims in our respective families and we have had to figure out what that looks like around the holiday season. We participate in white elephant gift exchanges at work if invited to, we participate in holiday dinners with family if we’re in town, but I’ve always tried to look at Christmas from the religious sense and not the secular Xmas sense because it was originally a religious holiday. And I wouldn’t want someone else celebrating Eid just to celebrate and not having any sense of the religious connotation or significance. So, that’s why we don’t celebrate Christmas. But the music and lights are fun and I try not to feel guilty for enjoying those when I see them.

  • Joe KomaGawa

    I understand the dilemma. I came from a Christian background. I was a very sincere, very active young person (so many many years ago….lol) in our church. Yet, I felt a split with all the materialism of Christmas, I knew a few more conservative Christians who felt the same way,,,but their shared feelings about materialism also was attached to conservative Christian doctrine which I could not accept…So there I was alone in my thoughts. For the sake of family harmony I had to go along…Now, here in Japan, I am free from that pressure, no one I know here is Christian, or Muslim (but there are some down/up in Tokyo. There’s everything in Tokyo,,,,,lol) You have to have a clear understanding of why and what you’re doing. This writing clarifies it for you, Others I hope will be able to sort things out. I believe in consorting with other religions in harmony . There are boundaries, as I know clearly what I believe in regarding Christianity, Jesus was an Important Guy, but He came along in a progression of other Important Guys too. So, how much do I want to let out to the Christians I am with about my boundaries? This is the important key point. How much do I speak up and how much am I silent about..There are no fast and rigid rules. If I am speaking up, why? It is easier to remain silent and just go along. Yes, I want to draw attention to my religion, but I want to do it in a positive light. I want to say something that everyone can agree with. So this has to be very small things. And I have to be prepared for the range of reactions, and keep my cool, and keep focused on their soul within them, Doing that takes concentration, alot of concentration, and alot of self denial…..IMHO

  • Amal

    Thank you so much for this article. It sums up exactly what i have been thinking about and wanting to express. I am Moroccan and was born a muslim and raised as such. This year i moved to france and i got to know a local family as a part of our exchange program. Last week they invited me to a christmas lunch. In order not to be rude i indeed accepted the offer and went with the thought of replying to an invitaton from someone who thought of me during this time of year but not as a celebration of their holiday. And knowing their gift exchanging tradition i brought one myself (a box of chocolat if you might ask lol) but as a guest gift. I think we need to have a clear mindset when it comes to these celebrations in order not to melt in all the stream of the holiday season. Most people enjoy the festivities and the holiday spirit which is not a bad thing at all if it makes you feel happy but just be careful and consious about the meaning behind all this to you ! if it is a mean of entertainement then by all means go ahead but religion wise be careful not to drown in contradictions.