I am a Muslim that celebrates Christmas – and you should too

Published: December 25, 2013

As Pakistanis it is a great coincidence and blessing that it is also the birthday of our founder, Quaid-e-Azam, whose message wasn’t far off from what Jesus taught us. PHOTO: REUTERS

I plan to take my family out for dinner. I may call it a Christmas dinner and I don’t think there is anything wrong in calling it that.

As Pakistanis, I think it is a great coincidence and blessing that today is also the birthday of our founder, Quaid-e-Azam, whose message wasn’t far off from what Jesus Christ taught us. Not only is there a religious connotation but a national association to this day for us to be united as one, spread the love and share the blessings with those less privileged.

Before anyone takes objection to the term “Jesus Christ” please note that there is also nothing unIslamic in calling him Jesus Christ as a Muslim.

Here is a little page out of history that can help those confused about whether to celebrate this day or not.

Argument one: December 25 is not Christ’s birthday

The name Jesus is of Latin origin which means “to rescue” and the word Christ is a Hebrew title meaning “the liberator”. He was a sign of blessing, goodwill and mercy for the human race. His stature is high and he is revered by both Muslims and Christians. There is no specific date of celebration of the birthday of Hazrat Isa in the Bible.

Islam had not been revealed by then and so a reference could not be made to the Islamic calendar, in case you were wondering. Unaware of an actual date of birth, Hazrat Isa’s birthday was celebrated during spring.

When the Roman Empire saw its emperor Constantine convert to Christianity, thereby becoming the first Christian Roman emperor, Roman tradition took stage. December 25, was originally the birthday of the pagan god Mithra (also referred to as the sun) which was the pagan god of light. With Constantine accepting Hazrat Isa as the Messiah (meaning saviour) he declared that Hazrat Isa was the true source of light and guidance, and hence December 25 would be observed as his date of birth and not of Mithra anymore.

This is not devil worship in disguise. Constantine didn’t stop the people from celebrating wisdom, guidance and light, he just directed them to the right source of wisdom, guidance and light.

Argument two: Christmas has no connection to Islam

Celebrating Christ’s birthday or rather marking a day to celebrate his arrival on earth as a sign of Allah (swt) reaching out to mankind is as Islamic as celebrating the birth of any other Prophet. It is thanking God for continuing to be merciful to us despite our shortcomings. It is just like we take out one day in the year to celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and see nothing unIslamic in thanking our parents and treating them or being super nice to them for giving birth to us and taking care of us.

Hazrat Isa is also like a father to our forefathers who lived in the time before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Where there was no Holy Quran, no Kalma and guidance from Makkah or Madina, Allah/God guided us through Hazrat Isa from Bethlehem and Jerusalem, for the entire world belongs to God and so does every city and every creature in it. Hence, Christmas is primarily and foremost a day when we people, as Muslims and Christians, should come together as humans just to thank God for delivering to us (regardless through whatever means) his blessings, mercy and guidance.

Argument three: How would a Muslim celebrate Christmas anyway?

As a Muslim, you need not necessarily go to the Church, but just like you send a tirade of texts on Eid day, do remember that there is nothing wrong in wishing all your Christians friends and colleagues a Merry Christmas.

You don’t have to bake a Christmas cake; you can also take kheer or sawaiyan to your friends regardless of whether they are Muslims or Christians. Encourage those who don’t celebrate it to get in the spirit and humble themselves to the various gifts God has given us.

Let this be a father’s, mother’s, sister’s and brother’s day all combined in one. In fact, you should even go and buy special treats for your pets because we have been taught to love, care for and be sweet to every creature. Hazrat Isa taught us to love and be together, and who better to love and be together with than family and friends?

To many, today will be ‘just another day’, but to me today is a reason to be even more grateful to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us and making sure that those around me are happy and feel loved.

After all, loving and caring for people is one of the best ways to say “thank you Allah (swt)/God”.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Mohammad.Jibran.Nasir

Jibran Nasir

A lawyer, activist and an independent politician. In 2013, he was listed by the Foreign Policy Magazine amongst three Pakistanis doing inspirational work against sectarian violence. He blogs at theindusripple.blogspot.com and tweets @MJibranNasir (twitter.com/MJibranNasir)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Tariq

    Thanks for the post and the reminder.

    It’s a better approach to look at commonalities in religions rather than the differences.
    Those who object to what you have written need to strengthen their iman as it shows an inner weakness by rejection, Recommend

  • Jamil

    Dr Zakir Naik tell us wishing Marry Christmas is diffinitely haram.
    Muslims should never celebrate anyones religion. Three are too many practices which we dispute. If we celebrate Christmas he we will become confused muslims. You never see the Saudis celebrate christmas and they are not mixed up IslamRecommend

  • Usman Salah Ud Din

    no offence to the author but i dont agree with you. yes i have no problem in wishing my christian fellows a merry christmass but why as a muslim I should celebrate christmass? do you even know what christmass is? yes hazrat Isa/christ was a messenger of Allah and preached the word of Allah but as the Quran says that Allah has perfected Islam and chosen it as our religion. so teaching of Prophet Muhammad are enough for me.Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    If you are even mildly educated, you’d know that Christmas is a celebration of the Birth of Christ which the Christians believe to be the Begotten son of the Almighty (God Forbid). they don’t “Just celebrate a birthday” they celebrate it under the pretext of the firm belief in him being the son of the Lords of the Heavens and the Earth. You may get along with this so called ” Liberal Approach” of JUST celebrating it but, If you are a believer, A muslim, you must know that the basic belief of Islam is based on Tawheed, meaning Allah is one, free of any need, he was neither begotten nor does he begets a son.
    It is sad to see such posts by apparently educated people, who i believe have no knowledge of islam and are muslims ONLY because their parents were muslims. Sorry, but you have no knowledge, or even the inclination to know what your religion teaches you. the beliefs, the concepts.
    Have a reflective approach towards life, Do you see jewish or christians celebrating Ramadan, eid although these festivals teach us more than the christmas does, of feeding the hungry, knowing their pain, living their agony? I don’t see any harm in them celebrating it? but do they? No, then why should we.

    This is a result of a shallow character and a sense of Inferiority complex and trying to mimic others to get their approval. Sad, truly sad

    “And they say, “The Most Merciful has begotten a son.” Indeed you have brought forth a terrible evil thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation. That they attribute to the Most Merciful a son.” [Surah Maryam: 88-91]

    I think every single Muslim youth should ask himself, Why is he a muslim? do you really believe in it or are you following it just the people of the jahilliyah who said, we follow because our parents followed.
    Introspect, reflect and ponder otherwise, you will end up like this fella

    Confused and lost with a perpetual identity crisis.Recommend

  • Daniyah Sehar

    According to Holy Quran, the day Hazrat Esa AS (Jesus) was born, the day he died and the day he will be coming again, are all days of peace. It is quoted in Holy Quran from the holy lips of Jesus Christ: “Peace on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”! (The Quran 19th Surah – Surah Maryam )
    So peace be upon you all: the Peace that Christ brought to this world. Let me remind you the most beautiful saying of Christ: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (John 14:27).

    This peace is the extra-ordinary inner peace that creates bliss of heaven inside our heart. May we all be blessed with the peace on this occasion. Amen !Recommend

  • abhi

    I think 25 dec marks the solstice. This is an ancient festival which was later turned in to chirst birthday to accomodate chirstianity.Recommend

  • harisa

    25th december is not his birthday get yr facts right…. n loving people for the sake of Allah is what Allah wants from you so get that fact straight as wellRecommend

  • Muhammad Haris Javed

    very good. Nice explanation brotherRecommend

  • Mariam

    Miss Syed my special Salam and regards to you.
    Please pray we all could understand our Creator and follow it the way that pleases Him. May He forgive us all.Recommend

  • Huriya

    No one can deny the revered stature of Hazarat ISSA.. Leave every thing aside kindly, give only one reference form history that any prophet had celebrated his birthday.Recommend

  • Agnikul

    Merry Christmas everyone!Recommend

  • Agnikul

    Completely intolerant and exclusive approach to matters which are actually extraneous to the spirit of faith, it is this very close minded and bickering approach to a grand and inclusive religion that will always keep it hidden to you.Recommend

  • Asad

    whoa,hold your horses there, miss syed. No one asked anyone to start believing in Jesus Christ as the son of Allah. Can we not celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ as one of the prophets (P.B.U. them) of Allah? So much hate coming out in your comment. You questioned the authors education, his faith, his character, self esteem all because he thinks theres no harm in being happy in others happiness. Good job Jibran. We need more people who think like you.Recommend

  • Ali

    I wonder who has a sense of “inferiority” the guy who advocates peace between religions or the guy who continues to be intolerant towards others and goes to such lengths just so that he is noticed, it is you my friend having a crisis, a crisis of losing your very humanity. I hope you learn the fundamental principles of Islam, a religion of peace and tolerance not a bitter picture of intolerance that you portray it to be.

    Merry Christmas from a practicing muslim rather than a talking one :)Recommend

  • AS

    Good Article.
    We are not hear to claim the authenticity of any event. Christian community is part of our society. Respecting their religion and greeting them is cultural norm and should be practiced by US.
    Remeber – USA President had Iftar with Muslims.
    Let us be tolerant and promote tolerance.
    And for god sake stop ridiculing your’s and other’s religion.Recommend

  • Basir

    Christmas, The clue is in the name, Mass for Christ, Muslims are foolish if they think its okay to celebrate how ever that does not stop peoples opinions, Jews do not celebrate Eid /Christians do not celebrate Eid, People may partake in the celebrations but that does not mean one believes in it..Recommend

  • Ali Faraz Haque

    I would like to add something here, Miss Syed, I am really impressed by your insight on the idea of whether or not to celebrate xmas. Trust me, the references you have quoted made me google my way on the internet for a good hour and no, I wasnt searching for whether to celebrate xmas or not, that is something I ve already figured out in my mind. So, all your references add up but I have a few questions I would like to ask

    You said and I quote

    “Christmas is a celebration of the Birth of Christ which the Christians
    believe to be the Begotten son of the Almighty (God Forbid). they don’t
    “Just celebrate a birthday” they celebrate it under the pretext of the
    firm belief in him being the son of the Lords of the Heavens and the
    Earth.”
    Miss Syed, if I may ask, do you agree with that? Or, is the author advocating that anywhere in the whole article. In reply to that I would like to quote a hadees, you can weigh your conscious in that, only you and Allah will know the true depth of your belief

    Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab Radi Allahu Anhu: The Prophet Sallallahu
    Alaihi wasallam said, “The rewards (of deeds) are according to the
    intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended.
    So whoever emigrated for Allah’s and His Apostle’s sake, his emigration
    was for Allah and His Apostle Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam ; and whoever
    emigrated for worldly benefits, or to marry a woman, then his emigration
    was for the thing for what heemigrated for.”

    (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7, Book 62, No. 8).

    So, if you intend to celebrate the birth of Christ as the son of God by wishing xmas to a christian, I am no one to judge that, and if the author and people like me would like to wish xmas to encourage religious and social harmony in an intolerable religious zelout nation, again thats for Allah to judge and not any other human.

    Then you said and I quote
    ” Do you see jewish or christians celebrating Ramadan, eid although these
    festivals teach us more than the christmas does, of feeding the hungry,
    knowing their pain, living their agony? I don’t see any harm in them
    celebrating it? but do they? No, then why should we.”

    Miss Syed, have you tried shopping for you and your family in Ramadan? Or have you tried shopping for eid, I am sure you must have, then I am sure you must have felt how religiously we follow the teachings of Islam. Miss Syed, the problem doesnt lie in Islam or its message. The problem lies within us. The Christians and jews, as we Muslims believe twisted and mutilated the true religion in their interest. You I am sure are not very happy about it, and I am sure God wouldnt be very pleased with them either, but do you think God will be pleased with us. We couldnt mutilate it, because it is now protected by Allah himself, so we decided to turn a blind eye from it. How very convenient of us, isnt it? If by wishing a Chiristian xmas or by wishing a jew, Hanukkah brings a few smiles on a small community in your Islamic state, do you think that will bring a positive or a negetive image on that small community? Do you think, will they be impressed and inspired by the religion of Islam or intimidated? I am sure, learned, educated Muslims like you will follow my drift.

    Lastly, Miss Syed, I have a very strong tendency to be sarcastic, trust me it took a lot of constraint on my part to refrain myself from being sarcastic, but still, if you feel I have been disrespectful or God Forbid insolent in my remarks, I offer my deepest and most heartfelt apologies. I do not wish to change anyone’s opinion, nor I wish to take my rant as a religious mutineer. My religion is for me and my God, what I do and what I believe is for His to comprehend, just like you. I only wished to voice my opinion as I felt the forum a little biased and the side of my opinion, slightly out numbered. May peace be with you.Recommend

  • farhan

    FYI there is no precedence of birthdays in Islam. Be it Mohammad (saw) or anyone else. Recommend

  • dr j tipu

    So well said, iv proudly celebrated xmas with mu family……in the name of peace n humanity! Haters will always find excuses to hate others……Recommend

  • Ali Faraz Haque

    @Miss Syed

    I would like to add something
    here, Miss Syed, I am really impressed by your insight on the idea of
    whether or not to celebrate xmas. Trust me, the references you have
    quoted made me google my way on the internet for a good hour and no, I
    wasnt searching for whether to celebrate xmas or not, that is something I
    ve already figured out in my mind. So, all your references add up but I
    have a few questions I would like to ask

    You said and I quote

    “Christmas is a celebration of the Birth of Christ which the Christians
    believe to be the Begotten son of the Almighty (God Forbid). they don’t
    “Just celebrate a birthday” they celebrate it under the pretext of the
    firm belief in him being the son of the Lords of the Heavens and the
    Earth.”
    Miss
    Syed, if I may ask, do you agree with that? Or, is the author
    advocating that anywhere in the whole article. In reply to that I would
    like to quote a hadees, you can weigh your conscious in that, only you
    and Allah will know the true depth of your belief

    Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab Radi Allahu Anhu: The Prophet Sallallahu
    Alaihi wasallam said, “The rewards (of deeds) are according to the
    intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended.
    So whoever emigrated for Allah’s and His Apostle’s sake, his emigration
    was for Allah and His Apostle Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam ; and whoever
    emigrated for worldly benefits, or to marry a woman, then his emigration
    was for the thing for what heemigrated for.”

    (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7, Book 62, No. 8).

    So, if you intend to celebrate the birth of Christ as the son of God
    by wishing xmas to a christian, I am no one to judge that, and if the
    author and people like me would like to wish xmas to encourage religious
    and social harmony in an intolerable religious zelout nation, again
    thats for Allah to judge and not any other human.

    Then you said and I quote
    ” Do you see jewish or christians celebrating Ramadan, eid although these
    festivals teach us more than the christmas does, of feeding the hungry,
    knowing their pain, living their agony? I don’t see any harm in them
    celebrating it? but do they? No, then why should we.”

    Miss Syed, have you tried shopping for you and your family in
    Ramadan? Or have you tried shopping for eid, I am sure you must have,
    then I am sure you must have felt how religiously we follow the
    teachings of Islam. Miss Syed, the problem doesnt lie in Islam or its
    message. The problem lies within us. The Christians and jews, as we
    Muslims believe twisted and mutilated the true religion in their
    interest. You I am sure are not very happy about it, and I am sure God
    wouldnt be very pleased with them either, but do you think God will be
    pleased with us. We couldnt mutilate it, because it is now protected by
    Allah himself, so we decided to turn a blind eye from it. How very
    convenient of us, isnt it? If by wishing a Chiristian xmas or by wishing
    a jew, Hanukkah brings a few smiles on a small community in your
    Islamic state, do you think that will bring a positive or a negetive
    image on that small community? Do you think, will they be impressed and
    inspired by the religion of Islam or intimidated? I am sure, learned,
    educated Muslims like you will follow my drift.

    Lastly, Miss Syed, I have a very strong tendency to be sarcastic,
    trust me it took a lot of constraint on my part to refrain myself from
    being sarcastic, but still, if you feel I have been disrespectful or God
    Forbid insolent in my remarks, I offer my deepest and most heartfelt
    apologies. I do not wish to change anyone’s opinion, nor I wish to take
    my rant as a religious mutineer. My religion is for me and my God, what I
    do and what I believe is for His to comprehend, just like you. I only
    wished to voice my opinion as I felt the forum a little biased and the
    side of my opinion, slightly out numbered. May peace be with you.Recommend

  • Shuaib

    The gentleman is a “Politician!” so votes are important isnt it?
    however, those celebrating Christmas should be given complete freedom and Independence to have their own celebration without any obstruction of any kind. As they are “people of the book” and their freedom of religion must be respected as such.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Shocking bigotry in a supposedly liberal paper. The hatred of others is truly madly deeply ingrained in so many of you.Recommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    You need to lighten up, celebrate Christmas for fun!Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Sir, there is no proof in Islamic sources that Hazrat Isa(AS) was born on this
    date.

    In Islam we do not have a tradition of celebrating birthdays.

    The Christian celebrate this day as the day on which the Son of God came into this world. We cannot believe in that.

    We do not need a day to thank God for his blessings.This is done every day,with every action and breath.Recommend

  • UM.Sadiq

    Be happy for them, help them out, but for the love of God don’t ditch your own religion so easily. He is according to them the “son” of God. And for us a respected Prophet. HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!

    We don’t have to “celebrate” Christmas, and Muslims really shouldn’t.

    May Allah guide your soul brother.Recommend

  • JAsmine

    Bhai ap wohi hona jo election harey they?Recommend

  • naeem khan

    dude i dont even celebrate eid so why christmasRecommend

  • Falcon

    Well written Jibran. Haven’t seen your writing in a while. You should consider writing more often.Recommend

  • Gingo

    Before it was ‘ one mustn’t say assalam alaikum to non muslims’ now its ‘one mustn’t greet non muslims on their festivals’.
    How can you ever dream of converting or engaging in a healthy religious debate with non muslims when you can’t even bring yourself to greet them?Recommend

  • Davis

    Why should we celebrate a tradition that makes mockery of Jesus and is polytheistic in it’s historical tradition. The winter solstice, Sun worship, and evergreen tree are all pagan and polytheistic practices started by people who did not acknowledge the One god. Why should we carry on that tradition that places Jesus name and mocks him simultaneously?Recommend

  • babu

    miss syed, ,theologically you maybe right– ,but it is the spirit of Christmas or any other festivities which makes people of imperfect religions ,perfect human beings.Recommend

  • moxet

    E-Tribune you should have a mature editorial board to check the article before posting or i must say that such 3rd class articles were posted to involve members.Recommend

  • farah khan

    Agree Sir Jibran… And Miss Syed i will recommend u to listen to Dr. Zakir Naik’s Lecture on this topic..It will help u clear ur such ambiguities and for logical acceptance of this celebration… :)Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad

    We, the Muslims don’t care what Christian believe and what they think of Christ. We, the Muslims believe that Hazrat Isa was a prophet of Allah and as a prophet he was in the same league with other prophets including our beloved prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). We are interlinked and interconnected in many respects with Abrahamic religion which was main source of both Islam and Christianity. Therefore celebrating a day of such an important personality of our religion should be seen in this context.Recommend

  • genesis

    No wonder the minorities are fleeing the land of the pure!Recommend

  • Habib

    Typical judgmental muslim post..Heres a “reflective approach towards life” that you seem to not have. I have plenty of friends (of different faiths) who wish me well during Ramadan and a Happy Eid. Also, these same friends who actually fasted a day or two and broken fast with my family. I see no wrong in wishing my fellow christians merry christmas or jewish people Happy Hanukkah. Also, I think the author knows what to believe while celebrating Christmas. Lighten up, be tolerant of all humanity and let the judging be up to God.Recommend

  • Bakhtiyarrrrrr

    Totally plain, unbased non authentic article. Poor skills of writing. Please have some knowledge of the topic you’re writing about, next time you’re writing any article.Recommend

  • Soraya Mahmood

    i feel so sorry for you..to take a religion like Islam and reduce it to something so petty that it only revolves around total non-issues like this debate on whether it is wrong or right to celebrate a holiday! Should be a sin itself.Recommend

  • Fed Up

    Why must you write in such a hostile manner? There are other ways of getting a message across. Yet while preaching about Islam, you use a derogatory tone unnecessarily. The author was just sharing his view, he didn’t do anything offensive to you. Please look to yourself before you look down on others.Recommend

  • Howcansheslapmesir100

    Very well put. This blog post by Jibran is the reality of the liberal fascist media. Absolutely sold out lock stock and barrel. I celebrate Quaid day and thats about it.Recommend

  • Muhammad Naveed

    you only need to study and increase your knowledge then you will regret your words.Recommend

  • Parvez

    All the author has done is displayed a sense of tolerance and you have judged him harshly almost to the extent of questioning his faith as a Muslim………do you have the right to judge others ?? Keep in mind it is inflexible attitudes that has reduced this countries minority population from some 20% at birth to some 4% today……is that in keeping with the teachings of Islam ??Recommend

  • HeidiFox

    not to be too harsh or anything, but i researched what your point was about question 3 ‘ remember that there is nothing wrong in wishing all your Christians friends and colleagues a Merry Christmas.’
    but i read on a Muslim forum thing that a muslim said
    “To wish the non-Muslims with Merry Christmas or any of their religious festivals is haraam (forbidden), by consensus of the ulama (ijma’), as Ibn al-Qayyim, may God have mercy on him, said: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying “A happy festival to you” or “May you enjoy your festival”, and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for taking part in drugs and alcohol, or murdering someone, and so on.”
    Recommend

  • Komal S

    Author writes
    “Before anyone takes objection to the term “Jesus Christ” please note
    that there is also nothing unIslamic in calling him Jesus Christ as a
    Muslim”

    Shocked that the author has to be so apologetic to call Jesus Christ. I cannot believe Allah is so unforgiving that he is not going to appreciate muslims wishing christians on Christmas, and also addressing Jesus Christ.

    For God sake, all human beings are created by same God(if you believe in God) you can call it Allah, Eashwar, etc… Religion is the tool we use to exhibit faith in our God.. Truly believer in God, should see the God in every faith/religion.

    Would the author be equally comfortable wishing Hindus on Krishna Jayanthi? If not he should not be preaching to Muslims about wishing Christians on Christmas.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ali

    MashallahRecommend

  • Iftikhar Ali

    SubhanallahRecommend

  • Dave

    I find it kind of funny that you start by saying “If you are even mildly educated….” then spew nonsense.

    First off, even if you don’t like the concept of the trinity, which is perfectly acceptable, there isn’t a single Christian in the world that believes that there are three gods in it. If you understood Christian doctrine at all, you’d know this.

    Also, “begotten” comes from the Greek word “Monogenes” which translates into “To create.” There isn’t a single Christian in the world who believes that God physically had a son. Nor does any Christian doctrine teach that, nor did they in the times of Muhammad. The Quran says that Jesus was created because God simply made it happen- that is the Christian teaching, which predates Muhammad by 600 years!

    Also, any Muslim can celebrate Christmas as they are only celebrating the birth of their profit. No one said that they need a tree, or to go to church, or to believe that Jesus is God in human flesh.
    As many Muslims celebrate the birth of Muhammad, they can celebrate the birth of Jesus without resorting to all Christian beliefs. For God’s sake- not even all Christians celebrate his birth the same way.

    ” Do you see jewish or christians celebrating Ramadan, eid although these festivals teach us more than the christmas does, of feeding the hungry, knowing their pain, living their agony? I don’t see any harm in them celebrating it? but do they? No, then why should we.”

    You keep proving that you know very little about Abrahamic faiths in general. Christians give more to charity during the ONE day of Christmas then Muslims give during all of Ramadan. Likewise, the vast majority of charity given is to non religious organizations, while 2/3 of charity by Muslims is given to fellow Muslims or Muslim causes.

    I hope one day you actually educate yourself because you are a rather ignorant person in general. I not only know more about Christianity than you, but I also know more about Islam than you.

    I have a Masters from Bethlehem University in world religions, comes from a Palestinian Christian family. but am I convert to Islam for two years. I wish more Muslims educated themselves on other faiths- otherwise we end up with posts like yours.Recommend

  • Malik Huzaifah

    You’ve chosen to be a Muslim. Muslim means one who worships Allah alone and considers association of partnership with Allah as the highest form of blasphemy. So, if you’re a Muslim..you believe in Allah alone. And any association of partnership with Allah is the highest form of blasphemy. So, if it is the highest form of blasphemy when people have considered someone a son of Allah. The skies are about to rip apart because of the statement that they have uttered.

    No merry Christams, not from a Muslim, not form a non Muslim, its not part of our seen…period.

    It is the concept that god was born on the 25th of December. That’s as shirk and kufr as you can get!Recommend

  • chadi kadour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnzUJXCkQC4&feature=youtube_gdata_player watch this if you want to know if we should even say merry christmas or notRecommend

  • Critical

    I’m not sure if your God is as shallow minded as you to condemn a man just because he celebrated Christmas along with his christian friends…..

    When we were kids,we had a muslim friend among us… We used to invite him for Diwali feast and he used to invite us for Eid… Since one of our friends was a Brahmin… My muslim friend’s mom used to make vegetable biriyani for him at first and keep it separately in a vessel and then only she will make mutton biriyani for us and would never touch that vessel after that

    If my friend’s family is going to hell for respecting the sentiments of kafirs,then I wouldnt want to go to a heaven filled with pretentious douchebags Recommend

  • x

    If your faith is strong and youre secure in it, then it need not be challenged by going into semantics. Christmas can be celebrated according to our interpretation of Jesus being a prophet. The argument ‘they dont do it, why should we?’ reminds me of a sulky kid resisting being taught manners or courtesy towards others by his parents. You don’t have to celebrate it, I don’t either but nothing wrong with celebrating i even as a Muslim. Peace.Recommend

  • Kajamohideen

    Two points. 1. Allah wants/needs our prayers. 2. We follow Islam mainly because of our parents.Recommend

  • Hussain

    Beta Jibraan!
    do little research in islamic studies
    as you are reaching out in the liberal world.
    become sensible before its too late.Recommend

  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir

    First of all Prophet Issa, was not even born on December 25th. Secondly as
    Muslims, we totally reject Christmas, as a celebration or festival.
    May Allah Subhana guide us all on sirat e mustaqeem, and protect us from the
    shaitan, and our evil desires.
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  • Jijaji00

    Exactly for people like yourself i wont celebrate eid ever,on the other hand i always celebrate christmas and mind you im not a christian. Such narrow mindedness is the reason nobody respects muslims. I live in melbourne here on every Diwali you can see a makeshift little decorated temple on the international airport. These people respect secular people not some stone age creature with narrow mind like yourself. Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Two points
    1. The patient needs the medicine, the doctor just prescribes it.
    2. I think therefore i believe.Recommend

  • Reality Check

    The problem is that the author is not just saying he plans to celebrate Xmas but advocates to the rest that we should do so too. Why? I have no problem with who wants to do what on this day or any other day, but when the author starts saying things like, “muslims should celebrate it too” then its a bit too preachy for me, that too on the wrong foot. If he wants to do it good on him, but making it sound like the rest of us should do it as some sorts of a societal evolutionary step is misguided and misplaced. And this is what miss syed means by this stemming from some sort of inferiority complex in trying to be more mainstream and socially advanced. I live abroad, I treat my neighbours with a lot of respect and politeness, but I have never joined them in their religious celebrations and they never in mine, not because I hate their religions but because I don’t disturb them and its not my business to interfere in their lives. So as per Nasir’s logic am I less of a Muslim/human being just because I won’t bother to celebrate Xmas or even believe in it?Recommend

  • Common Sense

    If the author wants to celebrate Xmas thats his wish. But trying to come up with these fuddy duddy religious justifications is a bit of a stretch and in a way even hypocritical. You are contradicting yourself when you say Constantine arbitrarily decided 25th December to be Xmas and not Mithra’s birthday? What is Constantine’s relation to me and Islam? Why should I give him deference? Why should I accept Constantine’s celebration of 25th but not Mithra’s, birthday (because in any case both these figures are outside of Islam’s history) It makes no sense to selectively copy paste different justifications, you come up with religious justification for the 25th which is contradicted by the fact thatConstantine who set was not even a Prophet,he was a king who was later elevated to the status of Christian saint (if my history is correct) If there was some Islamic date which indicated Hazrat Issa’s (SAW) birthday I would celebrate it in my own way. But if we dont even know what the correct dates for Hazrat Musa’s (SAW) and Hazrat Issa’s (SAW) birthday, Are then are you asking me to blindly just follow the herd?

    Mr. Nasir there is a reason that despite Islam, Christianity and Jewish religions having the same historical origins and being three of the oldest ones in the world, went down such different paths. There were fundamental differences right at the beginning which means there is absolute no commonality in practice and belief. The commonality is confined only to historic origins nothing else. You will never find a Christmas celebrating Jewish traditions or Hannukkah because for them religiously that would be just blasphemous (and I respect that belief system)
    I have no problem with who celebrates what and how they celebrate it. If the author wants to celebrate Xmas, thats his personal call and personal choice. But when you come up with your own fuddy duddy religious inventions (which instead of keeping them to yourself you try to preach and impose on others it’s hypocritical)
    The answer to all your religious inventions, can be found in Surah Rome. Please do some actual reading before inventing things. You can do what you like, but keep it to yourself, or atleast please dont be an exhibitionist about it, gallivanting upon it as some sort of moral superiority complex mission.Recommend

  • Reality Check

    How should we be grateful for a day that we are not even sure about it’s correct origins. You are just asking me to follow Christianity’s diction of when Hazrat Issa’s birthday is instead of our’s. We are already following Christianity’s version of the calendar (gregorian) instead of the Islamic one officially. As a lawyer I already use alot of terms and legal arguments that have Latin origins (St Augustine’s jusinbello/jusadbellum anyone?) in legal practice. The fact that I am having this conversation with you in english and not arabic is another proof on how much we have already co-opted from the West and hence Christianity into our everyday practice. What else would you like me to discard and adopt from the other religions inorder to be more socially acceptable and hence mainstream?Recommend

  • datepalmtreee

    I am always engaging non Muslims and Alhamdulillah as a South African most of my friends and Associates are educated and Alhamdulillah they do understand that Islam is not to be compromised just to appease Someone or to Earn a reputation as a ” Moderate ”

    Islam is a DEEN for All who want to be Normal and take the middle route in every way of our life it’s not for Fanatics who abuse it or Apologetics who try to Explain it.

    Islam is Clear as the Light of Day self explanatory

    We are Submitters to Allah and we Need to use the Lifestyle of Nabi saw as our Complete Guide and in this we will find loving peaceful behavior which will make our DEEN revered both on Earth and Heavens and if some people disagree well we cannot change Divine Decree to please their niceties and won’t apologise for same also

    Butt we will pray Allah shows them the Light as only he can do and give guidance to whom he pleases and pray he chooses us Inshaa Allah for this best gift we can get AmeenRecommend

  • Haris Javed

    Tolerance !! a phenomena that is becoming elusive now a days in our society.. .
    (notwithstanding that m a muslim) i believe celebrating Christmas will help Christians community feel a sense of identity, a sense of belonging to this place; a much needed fellow feeling for them at this time!!Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    Tolerance !! a phenomena that is becoming elusive now a days in our society.. .
    (notwithstanding that m a muslim) i believe celebrating Christmas will help Christians community feel a sense of identity, a sense of belonging to this place; a much needed fellow feeling for them at this time!!

    Not to forget the context of the maltreatment they are suffering from :( what happened in Lahore before elections is not easy to forget.. .Recommend

  • -SHAGY-

    Thank you!Recommend

  • -SHAGY-

    I don’t know which country you live in but I have always seen Christians and other religion groups respect Islam in Pakistan as well as in Qatar where I am living now. I was in UK for Eid Ul Fitr and my friends told me they are allowed to take a day off for Eid.

    When I was in Pakistan, many of my Muslim friends used to openly smoke in the building during Ramadan, whereas the Christians used to avoid eating in public.

    I faced the same thing here, my Christian colleague and friend once refused to eat in front of me because I was fasting. I told him my faith, and my fast isn’t weak that just by seeing someone eat or smell food, it will be affected. Similarly just by celebrating Christmas or wishing someone wont affect your own religion…you will stay a Muslim……but you are just returning the respect they gave you,

    Also in most countries since its holidays season around Christmas it gives the chance to Muslims to get together as well and cherish those moments with family and friends as they otherwise cannot do that for Eid. Here in Qatar, my Christian and Hindu colleagues do the same during Eid Holidays, they have picnics, dinners and basically celebrate the day with their loved ones.Recommend

  • guest

    The problem with quotin Hadith and verses is I can respond by quoting 10 more which contradict with what you said. Hence just on the basis of simple logic, if we are to celebrate Hazrat Issa’s birthday because it we share a Prophet in common, then we should celebrate it on a day that we have in common or a date both religions agree on. It makes no sense to celebrate a date which has a no historic origins. Some dude decided 25th was christmas and hence Hazrat Issas birthday, why should that date be forced upon the rest of us? What the author does is his wish, but he is not keeping his beliefs between him and God, he is imposing it on the rest of us by saying we “should celebrate too on this date” This is why he is being refuted with the majority in response not even buying his misplaced logic.Recommend

  • Reality Check

    It will not adversely impact my religion if you don’t celebrate with me. My neighbors are hindu and they have never celebrate eid or wished me on eid neither do they wish my other neighbors who happen to be Christians on Xmas. It does not offend me, because that’s how they choose to practice their belief. They are otherwise very polite and respectful people, who dont make noise or create disturbance, and that is my only basic expectation from them and from each of us i.e. to live peacefully. The problem is when you make an assumption that just because people won’t celebrate other religions, it somehow makes them less of human being’s or ‘bad’ people. If you choose to celebrate Xmas but not Eid, that is your personal choice and none of us can be bothered by it. This is not a competition so please dont turn it into one.Recommend

  • Ali N.

    Many claim the mere mention of the words “Merry Christmas” is an acknowledgement that Christ is the son of God. This is utter nonsense. When a non-muslim wishes you a Happy Eid, are you naive enough to believe that they are acknowledging the existence of Allah as we know Him? I didnt think so.

    I celebrate Christmas in a very open way. This confuses my non-muslim peers which always leads to a conversation about why I celebrate Christmas. This is a perfect opportunity to open a dialogue with non-muslims around our view of Jesus Christ pbuh. I cant even count the number of times my discussions have pleasantly surprised people when they hear the tremendous love we have for Christ, not as a god, but as one of the mightiest messengers God has ever sent us. This is the perfect common ground for muslims to spread awareness and fulfill the duty of da’wa. Recommend

  • Rakib

    Bravo!Recommend

  • Rakib

    {If by wishing a Chiristian xmas or by wishing a jew, Hanukkah brings a few smiles on a small community in your Islamic state, do you think that will bring a positive or a negetive image on that small community?}

    Superb! Words of wisdom & love! No theological argument can beat such gift of smiles. The bigotry of one was almost justified since it brought out the nobility of another.Recommend

  • Guest

    All Christian holidays were deliberately overlapped over pre-Christian festivals, we know that :). Although the Christmas tree don’t have a religious meaning I think it’s strange that a Muslim have a Christmas tree as a centerpiece of his home. Those Muslims who live in Christian countries have the same habits like us ( they visit friends, family) because all people are free in those days, we have a public holiday so of course they take advantage of the holidays to see friends. (this doesn’t mean they celebrate) I never celebrate Islamic holidays. For me Eid is a portion of cake and roast lamb received from my neighbor :) .I do the same on Christmas and Easter :) If I were a Muslim I would not copy others ‘ traditions, because the forms (lights, Christmas tree) doesn’t matter but the substance: every time we love every time we give it’s Christmas.Recommend

  • Abu Asad

    Christians celebrate at Christmas what they believe to be the “day of the birth of God’s Son” or what they call “God Incarnate”. Thus it is not only a celebration of another religion, it is also a celebration that is based on a belief that is totally against the teachings of Islam. From the Islamic point of view, the belief in the “Son of God” or “God in the flesh” is a blasphemy and kufr. By participation in Christmas, it is possible that slowly one may lose his or her consciousness of this basic point of difference. Muslims must be very careful in this matter. The greatest danger is for our next generation, who may slowly lose their Islamic faith in tawhid and may start believing in Jesus as “more than a prophet and servant of Allah”.The argument that “Christmas is, after all, Prophet Jesus’ birthday and so there is no harm in celebrating Christmas” is neither logical nor Islamic. Why should Muslims celebrate Jesus’ birthday? Why not the birthdays of the other 24 prophets and messengers who are mentioned in the Quran by name?Recommend

  • Guest

    In separate electorate christians cant vote for muslims. This post was not about vites/politics but a moral obligation that the author felt. In fact, in a religiously conservative country such an article is tantamount to political suicide (or actual assassination.. like Salman Taseer).Recommend

  • Guest

    Yes, because you do not interact with your neighbors in their festivals nor welcome them in your own.. Islam does not teach us to go live in a cave.Recommend

  • Laythe_smack

    I believe there is no such concepts of celebrating Birth days in Islam nor Xms neither Eid milaad un Nabi… these are Bidat in islam and is forbidden. If you really want to celebrate it keep fast thats the max our Prophet (P.B.U.H) did.Recommend

  • Komals S

    Good using Saudis as an example on how Islam should be practised will further alienate muslims from rest of the world.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Jamil, in my opinion the Saudi’s have not just mixed up Islam but the disservice they are doing to this religion by promoting through violent methods, an intollerant Sunni version, is visible to all.Recommend

  • Raluca Munteanu

    “Merry Christmas” is a pleonasm. The birth of Jesus is considered (at least by Christians) the most joyful event. Better wish “Have a peaceful holiday season”.Recommend

  • Raluca Munteanu

    if you don’t celebrate the birth of your prophet Mohammed, I think you should not celebrate also the birth of Jesus. Muslims celebrating Christmas would only accentuate the secularization of this holiday. I’m not pleased with the mass consumerism that Christmas has, neither with the secularization of religious holidays. In my opinion is not ok a Muslim do that, but I’m not a Muslim. Of course he should say a greeting to his Christian friends like “have a nice holiday”, but celebrating Christmas is too much.Christians celebrate while Muslims observe. I congratulate also Muslims on Eid, but I never celebrate.Recommend

  • lalaland

    Forgetting the argument on both sides for a minute- my religion, Islam, does not teach me to be rude, judgmental, or generally obnoxious to other people.Recommend

  • Aasma

    If only people could understand these things. Good piece. Keep it up :)Recommend

  • Sarr

    Muslims celebrate Milad-Un-Nabi. That’s a celebration of a Prophets birthday.Recommend

  • Reality Check

    Yes by that logic the Indian Hindu family in front of my house and the white Christian family next door also live in a cave too. People choose to practice the way they want to, I don’t have to prove my tolerance to anyone neither do my neighbours. By your and Nasir’s logic, the fact my neighbours dont drop by on eid or invite me for Christmas means they must be intolerant bigots or absolute racists.
    Don’t know why such unique species exist in Pakistan only. No one abroad bother’s to ask you how to practice or how to celebrate your festivals, people do their own thing the way they want to without attaching labels. And that really goes into the essense of “Live and Let Live”Recommend

  • kay jay

    @Miss Syed. Absolutely Correct. Muslims have an embedded sense of proving to others, their loyalties by participating in whatever they do.
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  • Reality Check

    That should settle the debate once for all for all those who love to casually throw the word ‘intolerant’ around, and turn this into some sort of competition or a one upmanship show on trying to prove who is more ‘tolerant’ and hence more socially acceptable. People should just do their thing without getting all sanctimonious and morally superior about it, in other words, “Jaise hum sab per ihsaan kardiya hai”Recommend

  • Miss Syed

    Jesus Christ was a sign of mercy for the entire Human race. Well, so were ALL other Prophets of the GOD. Do you, Mr. Nisar, go about celebrating their Birthdays as a symbol of peace and mercy? No, Right? Then, why this special treatment for Prophet Jesus? Do you LOVE him that much that he is the ONLY prophet’s whose legacy you want to celebrate, over looking the fact that EVEN prophet Mohammad ( PEACE AND BLESSINGS BE UPON HIM), his birthdays are NOT to be celebrated. Don’t kid yourself, Man. You Celebrate Christmas for your own tinted self-esteem. To “feel” more in place with them.
    I don’t see Muslims Celebrating other festivities like Thanksgiving,Diwali,Joshua, with the same level of fervor? why ONLY Christmas? he talks about this event as the perfect embodiment of Father’s, mother’s, children’s day. What the fish !!. Frankly, I don’t see the point in celebrating these days either, You know why? Because, again my religion states. “The best among you is the best to his family” Now, if i actually follow this. I won’t need these so called” specific” days to appreciate the love i have for my father or mother. Hence, these terms, cease to have an effect on me altogether.
    Let me say, I myself live abroad. I am currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from a foreign university. Got friends from all over the world with diversified religions and I maintain a high level of civility with them, Not being inconsiderate about the common courtesy either. But, I do draw the line on what i KNOW is wrong. I follow Islam, which is of paramount Importance to me. Islam Says, Allah is one, And only one with no Son. Christmas is the exact opposite of that basic principle. Hence, it’s not my place to celebrate it. Anyone, who still thinks otherwise, has ISSUES. This guy is even talking about NOT making a cake and being content with sawaiyaan.. Lame!
    self hatred at its best. Be yourself man. Embrace the beauty of your religion and respect it.
    I am not talking against peaceful co-existence. I am talking against this naive young man, supposedly Muslim who so boastfully not only supports but finds it absolutely normal to celebrate an event which has got nothing to do with him, Provided he believes in the basic tenents of Islam.
    This whole topic frustrates me. We Muslims have stooped down to this level to please them that we blindly mimic them. As Muslims, we must have the highest respect for ourselves, we need to follow Islamic teachings of civility, tolerance, rights of minorities and all, but does that mean we should start participating in the activities of ALL the religious Minorities.
    Islam as a religion is above all the religions, It has taught me to respect other people and their spaces, at the same time, commanding me to maintain my unique identity.

    Regards,Recommend

  • Ali Faraz Haque

    With all due respect sir, have you been celebrating Hazrat Issa’s birthday on any other date? And, if not, are you in some way compelled by the author to celebrate it on the 25th? I believe the crux of the whole article is to preach religious harmony and accommodation of other religions. Lets keep it in that spirit shall we. Peace brotherRecommend

  • Abbas Jaffar

    I think there is no wrong in celebrating Christmas because everything depends on your neyat, but how come all Muslims do not celebrate 10th Muharram and learn of its importance?Recommend

  • abhi

    wow! do you really think this way or it is just for public consumption?Recommend

  • abhi

    I really can’t believe that most of people are of the opnion that even wishing merry christmas is a sin! I wonder what kind of education people are getting.Recommend

  • Umm?

    Dude you mean I am* not am I right? I wonder if “liberal” mods edited your post or something. Also my comments are not showing up for some reason… I wonder what’s up here.Recommend

  • meh

    Why would you “Thank you” him?Recommend

  • ThanksGoogle

    Well, As liberals are not you supposed to Not use the religious term? Just like Google, We all should say “Happy Holidays”Recommend

  • blue

    Christians should celebrate Christmas with all the pomp and show they want, which they do and have freedom all over the world to do so and frankly I don’t give a damn about what the author thinks, says or celebrates. Who cares if he celebrates Christmas or not but when he encourages or rather tries to prove and impose on other to do so, that I have a problem with. Even if u (being a Muslim) wish merry Christmas to Christians to return the favour of them wishing u Eid ,it most certainly doesn’t mean that u should celebrate it. Recommend

  • Raluca Munteanu

    Of course people should just do their thing. I understand Mr. Nasir’s point, which I think it’s due to the violence and persecution of Christians in Pakistan ,but I don’t think celebrating Christmas is a good idea. First, because Christmas should not be treat like a secular holiday and second, because those fanatics who commit attacks against Christians, like it was the one at Peshawar, probably will become more violent, accusing Christian community for Muslims ‘ un-Islamic behavior. So, although Muslims who want to celebrate Christmas have good intentions, I think they will cause more harm to their Christians friends.Recommend

  • Mohammad Umair Khan

    Everyone, I would like to add my 2 cents as well. Actually there is no harm in keeping good relations with Christians/Jews or anyone with another set of beliefs. We all know, once the state of Medinah was set, our Prophet Mohammad Sallalau alaihe wassallam signed pacts to save guard their rights. But never in Prophet Mohammad’s Sallalau alaihe wassallam life, did he tell his Sahabah (Radhi allahu anhu) to copy the ways of life of christians/jews instead he told us to differentiate but in a non offensive way.

    Its hard to swallow actually but it is the truth. We should spread love harmony on all 365 days of the calendar, don’t fix it to one day. Christmas is something that is particular to a Christians, let them celebrate it, dont cause any problems for them near the event, give gifts to them, give them a bonus if they are your employees but celebrating with them in not how muslims should operate. Just let it be the way it is, try taking the mid-way instead to going to one of the extremes.

    A good muslim would always understand how Prophet Mohammad Sallalau alaihe wassallam would have reacted on a particular situation and then try to act in a similar way.

    Hope it helps,Recommend

  • Nobody

    How do you know Muslims in the US don’t celebrate Thanksgiving with the same fervor, if not more of it? I was born and raised in the states and my family and I, although very Pakistani on one hand, celebrate Thanksgiving every year with a big fat turkey and a large group of our equally Pakistani friends. It’s part of the American tradition and I consider myself an amalgamation of both, American and Pakistani, so I celebrate holidays specific to each country. And I’d be damned if anybody told me I was wrong or I had an identity crisis of any sort.
    I know exactly who I am and it sounds like the author does too. You know who you are as well you say. Wonderful. Good for you. Doesn’t give you the right to tell anyone to “be themselves” or accuse them of self hatred. Your self righteousness and misplaced arrogance is appalling.
    It seems Muslims the world over have issues with identity because they are so threatened by those from other faiths and ethnic backgrounds and think wishing people a merry Christmas is akin to “self hatred” when all it does is promote a bit of harmony. I don’t think anyone taking part in Christmas celebrations has an identity crisis any more than I think a Christian who decides to fast for a couple of days during Ramadan has one. I had several friends of all faiths who joined my Muslims friends and I and decided to fast with us and celebrate Eid. Does that make them confused? No. Not even a little bit. It makes them open minded and secure in knowing who they are enough that they can take part in another’s religious or non religious celebrations and not feel threatened or insecure.
    If you want to follow the tenets of Islam a certain way and NOT partake in Christmas celebrations, that is your right. Doing the opposite is the author’s right and anyone else’s right and it is not your place to judge it or offer lectures loaded with accusations and labels. Shameful. Narrow mindedness under the guise of a ‘strong identity’ and liberal mindedness.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
    Cheers.Recommend

  • Manish

    —— December 25, was originally the birthday of the pagan god Mithra (also referred to as the sun) which was the pagan god of light. With Constantine accepting Hazrat Isa as the Messiah (meaning saviour) he declared that Hazrat Isa was the true source of light and guidance, and hence December 25 would be observed as his date of birth and not of Mithra anymore.
    This is not devil worship in disguise. Constantine didn’t stop the people from celebrating wisdom, guidance and light, he just directed them to the right source of wisdom, guidance and light.——

    Do you even realise that you have, in the above sentence, slandered a religion and one of it’s very prominent god by calling him a devil, and still have the gall to preach inter-faith harmony.
    And, yet you wonder, why your country keeps burning……..Recommend

  • Reality Check

    I agree. To be honest, celebrating different religious festivals together is not what will stem sectarian violence anywhere. If that was the case then people of different religions would not be killing each other in Israel/palestine, Lebanon or India where there is a healthy variety of different religions and joint celebrations. Heck people despite practicing the same religion and celebrating same festivals cant stop killing each other be it Muslims in Pakistan or Christians in Africa. The only principles that bring lasting peace is if on an individual level everyone follows the law, do not transgress others life and property and diligently pay their taxes(while avoiding bribery) while on a state level a functioning law and order system is ensured. The absence of these principles in Pakistan at individual and state level is why no one, no minorities and infact not even Muslims are safe here. This is the reason I find the author’s article a bit of a charade, despite the fact that I am a lawyer just like him.Recommend

  • anon

    “And, yet you wonder, why your country keeps burning……..”
    Bravo clap clap for scoring a point! Can you tell me why muzaffarnagar has been burning? And before that Gujrat? This is not a competition, or some nationalist scoreboard! Sectarian mindset unfortunately exists in every country and every religion and unfortunately in recent it has been increasing everywhere from East to West. My country is not perfect and neither is yours, we have alot of work to do to fix ourselves and the damage we have created. Go read some world news for God’s sake to broaden your horizon instead of narrowing every issue to a petty point scoring match.Recommend

  • Parvez

    There is nothing wrong in following or practicing your religion……..but what you are doing, as understood by your comment, is wearing your religion on your sleeve when you say – Islam as a religion is above all the religions – an attitude that does more harm than good.
    Question : are you studying in a Muslim country ?? I ask because you chose to say you were studying abroad.Recommend