If Muslims Started Celebrating Christmas Too


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  2. A.K

    are u taking the mick out of islam? dont take this bad but what ur doing is totally wrong! astaghfirullah

    • Not sure how you came to the conclusion that I’m taking the mick out of Islam.

      This cartoon was a comment on the lack of unity that we have on our days of Eid. I’m not the first to lament or complain about the lack of unity (mostly in Western countries, as in places like the Middle East a single announcement holds for the population) and I certainly won’t be the last.

      The disunity in the Eid day is symptomatic of the division and partisanship that we suffer from. I don’t believe that Muslims praying and celebrating Eid on three different days in a single city (as has happened in the UK previously) is Islamically enjoined. Rather Islam advocates unity in this matter. So how is commenting upon the disunity we see taking the mick out of Islam?

      The cartoon merely makes the analogy that if Muslims were to celebrate the Christian festival (which I’m obviously not advocating) they’d be disunited in selecting the day. Hence, Santa finds himself in the strip above delivering gifts on different days.

  3. Roshan

    I think that you don’t understand why Eid is celebrated on different days. We are asked to celebrate Eid when we “see” the moon with our “naked eye” and not determine the day through calculations of the new moon. This is why Eid is celebrated on different days. This process Islamic scholars have argued keeps us connected to the transcendental. If you would like to read more on it. Read Sheikh Hamza Yousuf’s paper on moon sighting in Islam.

    • Baraka Allahu fik. Thank you for the suggestion, however I’d just like to clarify that the comic wasn’t about the legitimacy (or otherwise) of the different scholarly opinions regarding what to do in countries where the weather prevents sightings (i.e. cloudy skies).

      It was to lament the disunity that we find in communities under such conditions, where you can literally have family members celebrating Eid on 3 different days because different people follow different opinions and/or local imams.

      Even scholars who appreciate that there are legitimate differences of interpretations of the various narrations relating to moonsightings still try to bring a unified community decision where possible. Which is why you find various shura council meetings with figures from various groups and backgrounds at the beginning and end of Ramadhan trying to bring the community of an area together on a decision so the people can have a unified day.

      I don’t think I’m the first, nor will I be the last, to bemoan the disunity of neighbours, friends and family members celebrating Eid on different days.

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