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4 Ways to Survive Christmas as a Muslim Revert

4 Ways to Survive Christmas as a Muslim Revert

Christmas for reverts to Islam can be awkward if you’re the only Muslim person in your immediate family.

Last year, I gave birth to my child a week before Christmas and was staying at my parents’ home. During that time I had no desire to talk to anyone since I was so focused on my son. In fact, I stayed in my bedroom most of the time, appearing very anti-social.

Now that a year has passed, I realize I did the wrong thing by being reclusive. As I remember, I thought, “I don’t celebrate Christmas anymore, so it should be alright for me to stay away from the holiday festivities of my family…”

The one thing that stood out most clear was probably the most important lessons of all to a new parent like myself: Respect your parents, no matter what faith they practice.

Although I’m not completely sure what the proper protocol is for spending Christmas with Christian parents, I’ll assume it probably depends on each individual family.

Last week while attending Friday khutbah (sermon), the lecture focused on Muslims mingling with Christians. Since the holiday is quickly approaching, the information I received was right on time for me. The one thing that stood out most clear was probably the most important lessons of all to a new parent like myself: Respect your parents, no matter what faith they practice.


 

Having said that, here are four ways you can spend time with your family celebrating Christmas as a Muslim revert:

1. If they offer you a gift, take it — don’t shun your parents’ thoughtfulness.

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2. It’s okay (in fact, encouraged) to remove yourself from parties with alcohol. Don’t feel bad about it — there are other ways you can spend time with your family during the holidays.

3. If there is a particular family tradition for the Christmas holiday that bothers you, try talking about it beforehand in order to avoid misunderstanding and unnecessary drama. For example, let your family know ahead of time that you don’t eat pork products or drink alcohol so there can be substitutions provided.

4. Be helpful while your family gathers. Help with the cooking, cleaning, or babysitting. Remember to stay upbeat. Any time with family is a beautiful time for making memories.


At then end of day, your parents are your parents, regardless of the faiths practiced. Remember to remain polite and respectful — and make some great memories.

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  • What about the expectation of gift-giving? I live with my family and it would seem in bad form and disrespectful not to get them something small. It would have upset my mother if I hadn’t.

    • I give my parents gifts. My husband and I look at it as a cultural holiday as opposed to a religious one. We participate with them in dinner and gifts and we decorate for winter (lights and snowflakes, cause you need something to cheer you up
      Almost every northern culture has some sort of decorating activity to reduce the gloom of short winter days). In fact we have a new tradition where my husband buys the halal turkey for my mom to cook, she now reminds us to get it.

      • We also let them gift something to our son, but have also encouraged them to join us for eid and they like giving him a gift then too.

        We share the good wishes of eachothers holidays

    • Does God have a God?

      Jesus said ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”(John 20:17)

      If jesus is god does that mean god have a god?

      In bible it says

      1)”God Doesn’t Change His Nature” (Malachi 3:6)

      But Christian say God came in a form of man changing His Nature..

      2) “God is neither a man nor a son of a man “(Numbers 23:19)
      For I am God, and not man (Hosea 11:9)

      But Jesus said he is a man (John 8:40) & also many other places..

      3) No one can see god (1 John 4:20)

      But people saw Jesus..

      4) According to the bible God cant be tempted
      But jesus get tempted by devil for 40 days & 40 nights & Many other things..Which Clearly prove jesus isnt God

      So what’s the result??

      Jesus isn’t God

    • Muslim : Who is God?
      Christian : Jesus

      Muslim : Is Jesus the son of Mary.
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Who created Mary?
      Christian : God.

      Muslim : Who is God?
      Christian: Jesus

      Muslim : Jesus is the begotten son.
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Who is his father?
      Christian : God.

      Muslim : Who is God?
      Christian : Jesus.

      Muslim : Jesus is a servant of God.
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Jesus died on the cross?
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Who resurrected him?
      Christian : God.

      Muslim : Is Jesus a messenger.
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Who sent him?
      Christian : God.

      Muslim : Who is God?
      Christian : Jesus.

      Muslim: Did Jesus worship while on earth.
      Christian: Yes

      Muslim: Whom did he worship?
      Christian: God.

      Muslim : Who is God?
      Christian : Jesus.

      Muslim : Did God have a beginning?
      Christian : No

      Muslim: Then who was born on 25/DEC?
      Christian : Jesus.

      Muslim : Is Jesus God.
      Christian : Yes

      Muslim : Where’s God?
      Christian : In heaven.

      Muslim : How many Gods are there in heaven?
      Christian : Only one God.

      Muslim : Where’s Jesus?
      Christian : He is seated on the right hand of his father.

      Muslim : Then how many are they in heaven?
      Christian : Only one God.

      Muslim : Then how many seats?
      Christian : one

      Muslim : where’s Jesus?
      Christian: Seated next to God.

      Muslim : How are they seated on one chair?
      Christian : Its only understood by those with the Ghost.You need Ghost my friend.

      RIP CHRISTIANITY

      Bible says :-

      “… God is not the author of confusion …”(Corinthians 14:33 )

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