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Common Word, Common Lord

Common Word, Common Lord

A Christmas Message of Peace From A Muslim

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Compassionate and Merciful Beloved Lord

As is the case every year, Christmas Day is just another calendar day for me. In fact, I will be working in the hospital on Christmas Day this year, one of 11 shifts I am scheduled to work until the end of the year. Yet, that does not mean that Jesus is not in my heart. Christ, in fact, is a major part of Islamic belief. There are dozens of verses in the Quran that speak about Jesus, including his birth (3:45-49), his miracles (5:110), the Last Supper (5:113-115), among many others. Chapter 19 of the Quran is named “Mary,” after his mother, and many verses speak very highly of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, as the Quran says, “shall be of the righteous” (3:46). “Peace be upon me the day I was born,” says Jesus in the Quran, “and [will be upon me] on the day of my death, and on the day when I shall be raised to life [again]!” (19:33). The Quran also calls upon its readers to remember “she who guarded her chastity, whereupon We breathed into her of Our spirit and caused her, together with her son, to become a symbol [of Our grace] unto all people” (21:91), referring to Mary and Jesus. Many will be surprised to know that Jesus Christ is mentioned by name in the Qur’an many more times than the Prophet Muhammad himself, peace and blessings be upon them both.

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Still, despite all this love and devotion for Jesus Christ, Muslims – including this one – do not typically celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. You know, it is funny: when I say “Merry Christmas” to someone, I usually get widened eyes of surprise. He or she does not expect a Muslim to say something like that to them. Likewise, so many people – who know I am Muslim – will say, “Happy Holidays” to me – thinking that I would get offended if they said to me, “Merry Christmas.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

When I say, “Merry Christmas” to my Christian friends and colleagues, I mean it sincerely: I pray that they have a very happy time on Christmas, that special day when they get together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Christ. And when it is said to me, it is also a very nice wish: that I have a happy time on Christmas Day. There is nothing over which to be offended. Nothing whatsoever.

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The birth of Christ was a very momentous occasion in the religious history of the world, and it makes me, as a Muslim, just as happy as my Christian brothers and sisters. And so, during this Christmas season, I say to one and all: A Very Merry Christmas. From the bottom of my heart, I send a message of peace, love, brotherhood, and sisterhood to all my Christian sisters and brothers. May the grace of our Lord, Hallowed be His Name, be with us all, and may He bring all of us – Christian and Muslim – closer together as common worshippers of the Lord our God and lovers of Jesus Christ and his mother.

Lord our God hear this prayer, which I make in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.

  • Louis

    Devotion and Love for Jesus That muslims declare only in western countries, where their perception of religion is different, is not real in muslim country. There muslim has i no respect for christians, and neither for Jesus, because the Jesus described in Quran is another person, not the historical person described by documents and Witnesses in Gospel. Muslim hate christians in muslim countries because they think christians associate divinity to Allah, and that is blasphemy. You, muslims, don’t understand nothing about Trinity, thinking we believe in three gods, and thinking (so Quran says) Trinity is composed by Allah, the wife Mary and son Jesus. Quran is the contrary of Gospel’s value. If you live in a free and no-muslim country is so easy to speak as you do. But you don’t have to convince us to be good and tolerant and full of peace, you have to teach your muslim fellow that Kafir (not muslim people) are not enemy and are not “unfaithful”. Muslim can only imitate christian peace and love.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you all for your fantastic comments. May The Lord bless us all to achieve human peace and brotherhood.

    Hesham Hassaballa

  • Anonymous

    He heard your prayer and respects you for remembering what Christmas is all about. I’m not about religion, I’m about following the Word of God. Love you brother and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    You are loving and kind. You will be blessed.

  • Anonymous

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas to you too, dear brother. God Bless you.

  • Jerry

    Very nicely stated, Christmas is very similar for me. I would go a bit further by saying: May He bring All of us – Christian and Muslim, and Baha’is – closer together as common worshippers of the Lord our God and lovers of Jesus Christ and his mother.

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