:bism: (In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful)
:sl: (Peace be upon you)
Originally Posted by Born_Believer
I too doubt it's the majority of Muslims, though that's what it sounds like erroneously from the original poster's words. I myself have enough interactions within the American Muslim community that I would know if something like this was happening on a large scale, and it isn't. In any case, we have Alhamdhullilah (thanks, credit, and praise to God)
our own two Eid
festivals, the start of the Islamic calendar year with the first day of Muharram,
fasting in Dhul-Hijjah
including the Day of Arafat,
and then the feasts in Shahru Ramadan, and Mawlid
and throughout the year should someone wish to celebrate Prophet :saws: (peace and blessings be upon him)
arriving in the world and bringing with him :saws: the light of Islam, that I do not see the necessity of incorporating non-Muslim traditions and celebrations as well even if there hadn't been fatwas (rulings)
against doing so which there have been.
Also, while I respect other faiths and other traditions, I do not think it would be respectful of my own faith to celebrate something which I do not believe and which might have religious connotations for people who do celebrate it beyond the secular meanings that have today attached to it; I do wish people to have a good time with their families in their holidays; however, beyond that, it is only a time as any other in the way that we see people doing what is dear to them.
Also, what I do know is that many Muslims do engage in get-together or have weddings this time of the year in December but not because it's the time of Christmas but because most people conveniently have time off from work to be able to travel in this time for the purpose of visiting or other such things.
:wa: (And peace be upon you)