Andin their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Lawthat had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidanceand light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: aguidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. (al-Maaida, 5:46)
On this day, I pray salawat for the Prophet Jesus AS, and pay my respects to my Abrahamic cousins in faith who revere him. I also think that this day is the high tide for the season, which is one that spans religious boundaries and has come to mean goodwill and fellowship for all, irrespective of creed. I am not a cynic about Christmas, finding even value in the commercialism (as a symptom of the underlying human emotions of love and cheer).
Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee– chosen thee above the women of all nations. (al-Imran, 3:42)
Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of aWord from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held inhonour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) thosenearest to Allah; (al-Imran 3:45)
Jesus was indeed a light unto mankind. In many ways, in fact, Christmas is all about Light, spiritually and literally. This season, we are all aglow, from within and also recipients of light from above. I think it fitting, therefore, to share the following segment from Northern Exposure,
Enjoy this clip. It is worth your time. And Merry Christmas, everyone!