The Christmas Experience
The perfect Christmas tree is bought. Adorned with ornaments and
glittering with tinsel, it stands by the window. The stores are crammed with shoppers
hunting for presents and the little ones anxiously waiting for Santa
Does Christmas have Biblical Evidence?
The word 'Christmas' does not exist in the Bible. The Bible has closed lips on the entire feast of Christmas, with one exception, the decoration of a tree. The Bible itself criticizes the decoration of the (Christmas) trees:
European Pre-Christian pagans superstitiously believed that the green trees had special protective powers. In fact the use of the Christmas tree began only in the 17th century in Strasbourg, France and from there it spread to Germany, Britain and then to the U.S. "Tree worship was a common feature of religion among the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe before their conversion to Christianity German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom to the American colonies in the 17th century. By the 19th century its use was quite widespread". (Compton's Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition)
Was Jesus born on Dec. 25?
Neither the date 25th Dec. nor any other date on Jesus' birth is
mentioned in the Bible. It was not until the year 530 C.E. that a monk, Dionysus Exigus,
fixed the date of Jesus' birth on Dec. 25th. . "He wrongly dated the birth of Christ
according to the Roman system (i.e., 754 years after the founding of Rome) as Dec. 25,
753". (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 ed.) This date was chosen in
keeping with the holidays already indoctrinated into pagans beliefs.
Other pagan 'gods' born on Dec. 25th are: Hercules the son of Zeus (Greeks); Bacchus, 'god' of wine (Romans); Adonis, 'god' of Greeks, and 'god' Freyr of Greek-Roman pagans.
What about Santa Claus?
If aliens descended on earth during the Christmas season, they
would undoubtedly believe Christmas as being Santa's birthday. The words 'Santa Claus',
appear nowhere in the Bible.
Did Jesus or his Companions Celebrate Christmas?
If Jesus meant his followers to celebrate Christmas, he would have practiced it himself and enjoined it on his followers. There is no mention in the entire Bible that any of his followers ever celebrated Jesus' birthday like Christians do today.
Thus we see that neither the Bible nor Jesus and his companions
say anything about the celebration of Christmas which currently involves fanfare,
commercialization, and extravagent spending, devoid of any spiritual relevance.
What did Jesus Say about Himself?
In many places in the Bible, Jesus, referring to himself as a Prophet said:
Jesus Received God's Revelation
Similarly, Jesus Christ too, as a Prophet, received revelations from God: "But now you seek to kill me, a man that had told you the truth, which I heard of God" (John 8:40)
Jesus Prayed to his God
Obvious question: If Jesus was God, who was he praying to?
Jesus put himself Equal to other Humans
Jesus put himself equal to other humans in the eyes of God.
"My father and your father, my God and your God" (John 20:17)
God does not have a God, But Jesus had a God! Moreover, the gospel writers referred to Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) as the 'son of man' about 85 times in the Gospels, and never once did he explicitly called himself 'God', or 'God the Son', or 'The Begotton Son of God'.
Jesus Preached God's Oneness
Jesus Christ, as a true Prophet of God, taught monotheism. When asked, 'What is the first of all commandments', Jesus replied:
Prophets of God
God, by his mercy, sent numerous Prophets throughout history to
all nations as guides and role models. Some of the prophets were Noah, Abraham, Ishmael,
Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and the Last Prophet Muhammad (peace be on all of them). They
all came with the same basic message, which is the Oneness of God, without any partners,
sons or daughters.
This utmost obedience and worship to one God, in its truest sense forms the basis of Islam. The entire Quran has been committed to memory by millions of Muslims around the world and preserved by God Himself from any interpolations, unlike previous scriptures, to provide guidance for all ages.
What Does Islam Teach?
Islam calls humanity to the service of the One, Omnipotent Creator ('Allah' in Arabic). Islam teaches the oneness of mankind in the eyes of God regardless of superficial differences such as race & nationality. In Islam there is no superiority of whites over blacks or vice versa. Anything that disrupts society's harmony and deviates humans from worshiping one true God is disliked in Islam. Thus Islam recognizes the evils of alcohol, drugs, premarital sex, gambling etc. and advises humans to stay sway from these Satan's handiwork. Islam further provides detailed instruction about a person's relationship with God, with his family and the society. Thus no aspect of a person's life is outside of the guidance provided by God.
Islam teaches that every child is born sinless with a pure heart and an inner instinct to realize the oneness of God. It is the parents or the environment that deviates this child to associate partners with God (in the form of multiple gods) or to reject God altogether.
There is no mediator between God and man. There is no need of
one, for God, the All knowing, can listen and answer our sincere prayers regardless of our
state and place.
Islam Dispels Racism
One person's superiority over another is not based on his race, economic status or nationality but on his God-Consciousness and purity of character. God proclaims in the Quran:
Likewise Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) proclaimed:
After studying Islam, Malcolm X, became a true Muslim. He remarks:
The Quran was revealed in the Arabic language, but translations
of its meaning are available in English and other languages for non-Arabs. Likewise Islam
is not restricted to people of the east or Arabs, it is a universal religion revealed for
all of mankind.
Welcome to Islam!
1. The Holy Quran, tr. Abdullah Yusuf Ali.
2. Muhammad Haykal, Life of Muhammed.
3. Abul Ala Maududi, Towards Understanding Islam.
4. M. Ataur Rahim, Jesus: A Prophet of Islam.
5. Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Quran and Science.