While you may find this strange, we have received letters asking about the permissibility of allowing Muslim children and adults to join along Christians in celebrating Christmas; giving gifts, decorating their homes, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees and lights and greeting each other with "Merry Christmas."

No candles? * No Christmas tree * No sleigh? * No reindeer? * No mistletoe? * No bells? * No elves? * No stockings by the chimney? * No Christmas Carols * & NO SANTA CLAUS?

Let us consider some important facts about this occassion and what it really means:

The word Christmas comes from the words Cristes maesse, or "Christ's Mass." Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus for members of the Christian religion. Most historians peg the first celebration of Christmas to Rome in 336 A.D.

Read more: Christmas? Halal? Haram?

Heraclius was the Christian Byzantine emperor who ruled over Greece from 610 to 642 C.E. During this period, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had begun preaching in Arabia, and he soon sent letters to the kings of various lands, inviting them to believe in him, the final Messenger, who had been prophecied in all previous Holy Books of God (see FACT issues 2 & 5) . Upon reading the letter, Heraclius became curious about this “new” religion – Islam. He therefore summoned Abu Sufyan, a notable non-Muslim Arab merchant, and thoroughly questioned him about this man Muhammad (pbuh) who claims to be the Last Prophet of God. After receiving the answers to his questions, Heraclius pondered deeply for a while and then summed up the conversation thus:

Read more: History: Heraclius, Emperor of Greece


Who we are

Islam Awareness Centre, based in Port Elizabeth is run by a group of dedicated Muslims who's aim is to assist those interested in Islam and provide them with info of the teachings of the beautiful religion!

What we do

  • We distribute Islamic literature
  • Organise Dawah seminars
  • Training Dawah workers
  • Advertise in the public domain
  • Assist new reverts
  • Host Masjid tours

Our location

  • 11a Rodney Street
  • Central
  • Port Elizabeth
  • South Africa
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