Merry Christmas

The vast majority of Christian Churches proclaim that Jesus was born on the 25th December and it is on this date that Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas Day. Although the manner in which this occasion is observed raises many points of discussion, we are focusing attention only on whether or not Jesus was born on the 25th December. We quote the views and findings of some Christian authorities who believe that he was born at another time of the year.

Bishop Barnes writes:

There is, moreover, no authority for the belief that December 25th was the actual birthday of Jesus … Our Christmas Day seems to have been accepted about 300 AD. (Rise of Christianity)

Chambers Encyclopaedia states:

There is no authoritative tradition as to the day or month of Christ’s birth and some uncertainty exists as to the actual year. St. Clements of Alexandria refers to calculations which placed it in April or May.

The Encyclopaedia Britainnica informs us:

Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church, and before the 5th century there was no general consensus of opinion as to when it should come into the calendar. The exact day and year of Christ’s birth have never been satisfactorily settled.

According to the Holy Quran the birth of Jesus took place at a time when fresh dates are found on palm-trees in Judea. After delivering Jesus under a palm-tree an angel spoke to Mary saying:

And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree; it will drop upon thee fresh ripe dates. (19:26)

The Bible mentions that shepherds were watching their sheep at the time of Jesus’ birth which would have been most unlikely in December when the climate in Judea is extremely cold.

Source: Review of Religions

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Questions about Mary, Miraculous Birth of Jesus, Christmas, Atonement,

Old Scriptures

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Q1 @ 01:00 May I know how did Mary face the society which must be very hostile towards pregnancy out of wedlock. Her interaction with God was a personal experience which the Temple people did not believe. The Holy Quran was not there at that time.
Q2 @ 09:36 It is often argued that the miraculous birth of Jesus(as) puts him in the high status among the prophets not shared by anyone else, what is the Islamic view on it and does this birth put him with some kind of partnership with God?

Q3 @ 17:25 What is the origin of Christmas and if this is pagan custom what is the actual birth date or time of Jesus(as)?

Q4 @ 22:50 Where did the idea of atonement come from in Christianity? And how can we reject the idea?

Q5 @ 33:15 In articles of faith Muslims are required to believe in all scriptures, but in these scriptures we find contradiction even in basic beliefs and this puts them in doubt if they originated from same God, keeping this mind how can you follow their teachings with the teachings of the Holy Quran?

Faith Matters 31 December 2009.

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6 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Such an article by our Jewish or Christian brothers would be very welcome and ask an important question of us as Muslims. Incidentally, that very question was posed by this blog during the previous Ramadan, perhaps even on EID though I do not recollect. I think that the post is aimed more at educating the Muslim youth that Christmas is historically a pagan celebration and has now become a kind of idolisation of materialism / commercialism.

  2. I wonder if I might pose a question.
    If on the day of Eid the Jewish Chronicle or the Catholic Herald were to publish an article querying why Muslims were unable to celebrate Eid on one date, would we not be offended? We would be offended first, because we would regard it as a matter for debate amongst Muslims, and would not welcome an outsiders contribution.We would also be offended that such a query was published on the day of Eid!
    My view would be that if the Church has decided that December the 25th is the day that the majority of Christians want to celebrate Xmas, that should be their right for them to choose, and it shouldn’t really concern us too much?
    By the way, the Russian Orthodox church along with a number of other eastern European/Ethiopian & Egyptian Copts celebrate Xmas on January 7th

  3. From The Muslim Sunrise – 1944 Issue No. 4

    History of Christmas

    NO one knows on what day the Prince of Peace was born, nor in what month or year. This is Christmas in the year of our Lord 1944, but the date is wrong. St. Matthew says Jesus was born in the time of Herod the king, and Herod died about 3 B: C. As far as the month is concerned, there is not one of the 12 which has not had its advocates.

    Speculation on this subject did not arise • for two Centuries, because the early Christians thought it Was Sinful to keep the Lord’s birthday “as if He were a k!ng of Pharaoh.” April i9 and May 20 were among the first guesses, but they were specifically condemned by Clement of Alexandria as superstitions..He fixed the date as Nov. 17.

    December was rejected at first, because it was not thought likely that Rome would Order a census taken at the worst possible time for travel, or that the shepherds Would be tending their flocks by night in such inclement weather. “On this day,” wrote St. Chrysostom, “the birthday of Christ was lately fixed at Rome in order that ~,e ~he heathen were busy with their profane ceremonies the Christians might perform their sacred rites undisturbed.” This was the time of the joyous Roman Saturnalia. It was the day when the Prince of the Druids cut mistletoe from the sacred oaks at Stonehenge, and when the Scandinavians built their festival bonfires of yule logs. • Even the Christmas trees in our homes are said to be relics of the old heathen tree worship among Teutonic peoples, who had special ceremonies on this day.

    The attempt to transform a pagan festival into a Christian one has never been completely successful, and the ambiguity has caused some trouble. The Puritans passed a law abolishing Christ because it was a pagan holiday, and in our time the Bolshevists tried to abolish it because it was a religious holiday.

    Above taken from he Chicago Sun

  4. There is great enthusiasm among the people of Europe and America, and they have been thrown into confusion by the false doctrines of the New Testament. Some of them have even begun to say that there was no actual person called the Messiah or Jesus, and that he only stands for the Sun, while the twelve disciples stand for the twelve Constellations.

    (Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Ek Isai kei Tin Saval or in kei Jawabat [Three Questions by a Christian & their Answers. Anjuman Himayat e Islam, 1892. English: 1972, 2008).

  5. It can be argued and has been argued quite reputedly that almost every Christian f a replication of ritual festivities commemorated by the dwellers of the lands where Christianity had spread. I have touched upon this in my essay ‘Jesus – The Only Original Element in Christianity’.

    Christmas was celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the Mithraic Religion when the celebrants shouted ‘The virgin has conceived! The light is waxing.’ This oriental goddess was known as the Heavenly Virgin among the Sanites. It was originally celebrated on 6 January until the end of the fourth century. The date of 25 December was not introduced at Antioch until 375 AD. St Augustine also tacitly hints at its heathen origin and Leo the Great rebuked Christmas. It was, he said, a celebration of the pagan birth of the new sun and not that of Christ. Frazer writes in The Golden Bough, his tome devoted to this subject:

    Our Christmas festival is nothing but a continuation under a Christian name of this old solar
    festivity; for the ecclesiastical authorities saw fit, about the end of the third century,
    arbitrarily to transfer the nativity of Christ from the sixth of January to the twenty-fifth of
    December, for the purpose of diverting to their Lord the worship which the heathen had
    Hitherto paid on that day to the sun.

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