Christmas and New Year after my Conversion to
I had a problem with christmas
celebration only in my first stages of conversion to Islam,
which lasted about 6 months.
During that time I was seriously considering Islam,
reading the Qurīan and Islamic literature, studying Muslimsī way of live. However, I
was still not a Muslim. Before I completely converted to Islam, I
still thought that I desperately needed to celebrate christmas for the sake of
my family, as for me it was a family party,
not a christian religious festival.
Christmas had a deep meaning to me mainly because I associated it
with cosy family gatherings, eating delicious meals and exchanging presents.
This was 2 years ago.
However, after I converted to Islam and started reading and
learning more about my deen, I understood as well as I felt that I
donít need christmas at all and christmas gradually lost its
charm and meaning to me.
Like anything else invented by humans and not by
divine decree, non-Muslim festivals can lose its meaning very easily
once the person gets disillusioned.
so beautiful because it works on the heart as well on the
mind to transform the believer into a new being. As my knowledge and
understanding for Islam grew, my distance from my old religion
and old lifestyle grew too.
When the love to Islam increases, one automatically drops various non-Islamic
stuff, including christmas and new year and any other non-Muslim
festivals In addition, over time,
started developing a Muslim identity which made me realize that we Muslims have
our own way, our own religion and our own festivals too. We
Muslims are blessed to be granted a comprehensive religious system that gives us
an explanation and guidance to every aspect of this as
well as the next life.
Which sensible and grateful person would
need to exchange or add anything useless and rebellious to
the perfect system of Islam?!
We have our own two Eids, why
do we need anything more?!
Muslims would not dare celebrate any non-Muslim festivals or try to be like
the non-Muslims in any respect, if we realize the serious
consequences of imitating the non-Muslims.
We all have
heard the hadiths that he who imitates a people will be from among
them on the Day of Judgement (Abu Daawood) and that the one who
imitates people other than the Muslims is not from the Muslims and
that we are warned not to imitate the Jews or the christians (Tirmithi).
So, how could I have kept on celebrating non-Muslim festivals
after hearing this severe warning?
donít have many problems even with my non-Muslim family concerning the
celebration of christmas or any other non-Muslim festivals as they
already understood I donít celebrate with them.
This year they did not even greet me for
christmas! So, everything is possible with the help of Allah swt,
alhamdulillah, when a person has a sincere intention and a
determination to be on the right path.
European Muslim Sister
Dear reader InshaAllah this
story will help those of you with non Muslim families to realize
that nothing is impossible to do. many converts have refused to take
part in Christmas. Just like you love your parents Sister Mariam
also loves her parents. Just like you do not like to disapoint or
hurt your parenst feelings, Sister Mariam also does not like to
disappoint or hurt her parents feelings. She is mashaallah a very
intelligent Sisters. She studied at an elite University in her
country. She was secound or first best student in her class at
university. When she began to wear Hijab fellow Muslims from a
devinat group became angry at her and tried to convince her
that she should not wear hijab. However, she wanted to please Allah
and not give in to pressure form human no be tricked by humans. So
she kept wearing hijab and now even wears Niqab.
Many emails have been sent to
Muslimconverts.com about the issue of Christmas and non Muslim
Families. So I devloped a whole section delaing with Christmas and
other non Islamic events. In addition to this I asked the sister if
she could write and article for this site on her experiance of
dealing with family during the Christmas perion and Alhamdulillah
the sister wrote a wonderful article and JazakaAllah khair to her.
From a psycoligical angle. The
only way a Muslim will succeed in achieveing his or her goals is to
put obedinace to Allah and His messenger peace be upo him first. To
be stubborn on it and show no kinds of weakness.
From my own experiances I found
inorder to live as a Muslim we must take a very firm stance when it
adhereing comes to Islam.
The sister has shown firmness
in practicing her Islam.
When a persons Iman grows the
wrong things become detestible. MashaAllah the sister wears
Niqab and has
A personswith heart dislikes
that which is disliked by her Lord, A Muslim shoudl be brave
for Allah and submit themeslves fully to the will of Allah. Do what
Allah tells them to do and stay away form what Allah dislikes. A
persons Iman gets stronger when they get more knowledge of Islam and
when they are willing to fully submit themslves to their Lord.
also becomes brave and submits
her self fully to Allah