There are lights everywhere at Christmas. Maybe you’ve wondered why. Maybe you also want to join the celebration yet have a question whether it’s okay for Muslims to celebrate Christmas.
Should Muslims celebrate Christmas? Gus Dur, a former President of Indonesia, once said, “It should be, not only Christians who celebrate Christmas, but also Muslims. Even all people. Because Isa Al-Masih is the Savior of all human beings, not just Christians” (Gus Dur’s remarks at a Christmas celebration, December 27, 1999). Maybe Gus Dur was recalling the verse, “And we gave him the Injil which contained guidance and light (which illuminates)” (Qs 5:46).
In this video, we will learn about what “light” has to do with Christmas. Also, we will learn that actually, the idea of “light” does exist in the Quran! Light is bright and illuminates. The word “illuminating light” in the Quran refers to Isa Al-Masih. Christmas lights remind us that Isa came to the earth as the “Light of Allah” and the “Light of the World.”
Doesn’t the coming of “Allah’s Light” allow Muslims to celebrate Christmas? Let us learn how to answer this question by watching the video.
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