So… I received many “Merry Christmas” smses today…. I replied to each one of them.
Yes, there are many, esp. in the West who’d claim that it’s wrong to wish people on any non-Muslim holidays…
To them be their lives…
I believe that there is no harm in wishing people the happiness that they are wishing me.
And being an Indian, it gets all the more imperative, and more importantly, natural for us to wish each other.. and ‘live in harmony’- to be clichéd…
Now the thing is that…these friends of mine, who’d wished me.. were all Christians….and just in case u’ve forgotten, Christmas is actually a festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (A.S.).
So, I guess twas pretty ok that my friends wished me… it was the birth of Christ… a moment of happiness.. so.. well….
This was until I logged on to the net….
I found two scraps awaiting me on Orkut….one had Santa Claus.. and the other had a Merry Christmas note….
And wen I logged on to FB, twas all the more fun… coz apparently Muslims were quite desp on not being able to contact each other to wish Christmas…
Now, I really wonder wat was all this about????
Firstly, we do NOT follow the Solar calendar… we follow the Lunar calendar…. So there is no point in wishing each other the birth of a Prophet on the same day every year….
Secondly, do you wish other on other festivals like Ramnavami or Ganesh Chaturthi??? We wish our Hindu friends, definitely we do… but I have never been wished by a Muslim on any such occasion ….. then y the deal bout Christmas?
Thirdly, as Muslims, how many of u all wish each other on Milad un Nabi?
And finally…. How many of u are even aware that the day after tomorrow is the tenth of Muharram???? The day of the martyrdom of our Beloved’s Beloved…
How many of us have thought of Him even once today? How many of us recall the pains that they went through?
And yet, we are wishing each other on a festival… that is oh-so-not our festival….
And THAT is precisely why I wrote the tweet
“i dnt undrstnd y a Muslim wud wish andr Muslim "Merry Xmas".Wish others,Y Muslims? since wen did v start believin its Eesa A.S's bday today?”
And just in case your vision is defective, lemme elaborate…
I have written that I see no point in why a Muslim, who doesn’t believe that it’s Christ’s bday today should wish ‘Merry Christmas’ to ME, another Muslim who doesn’t believe that it’s Christ’s bday today.
If I need to wish ‘merry Christmas’ I need to wish it to Davis, Deepti, Joseph and other friends…..
Why shud I wish Afzal, Aneesha or Azhar???
Don’t we all share the same belief? The same rules? The same practices?
Now, if you are goin to tell me that there is no harm if you do wish… lemme remind you of a few commands where we are expected to be different…
1. the most prominent of all is the Hijab … the 5th component of Hijab includes avoiding any attire that is symbolic of another religion…wearing which clearly indicates that I belong to another religion….. so that we r not known to be that which we r not.
2. another one to do with appearance…the men are commanded to keep beards and shave the moustaches… only to be different from the others who, bear moustaches and shave the beards…
3. we are commanded to keep fast on the 9th and 10th of Moharram… not in remembrance of Imaam Hussain A.S. but in remembrance of the Prophet Moses A.S….. this fasting is prescribed to Jews also.. the difference being that they keep fasts only on one day.. and to be different from the Jews, Huzur S.A.W had prescribed us a fasting of TWO days….
Wat I mean is.. we have been COMMANDED to be different….
Wen we r living among others, it gets imperative that we don’t hurt anyone’s sentiment.
But that by no means implies that u shud stop being ‘different’ and adopt a festival that clearly belongs to some other religion as being your own.
Now, some got worked up coz of my status…
Maybe they misinterpreted it to mean that I do not want to wish Christmas to ANYONE…. Which is not the case.. the status is still there.. go read it.. I wrote that I do not understand the need of ‘two muslims wishing each other’ on Christmas.
Or maybe, they really do feel that ‘TWO MUSLIMS SHOULD or at least CAN WISH EACH OTHER’
Now, to that…
If u r a Muslim, and if u have read the above quoted examples, u know why I told wat I did….
And if u feel that “It has nothing to do with blief and that it is just a time for enjoyment, party n fun....”
As opposed to wat I feel, that “Christmas marks the birth of Christ for Christians”
I wonder who is showing more respect to this festival and to the Faith of the hundreds of Christians whom u call friends.
A little bit of googling will let you know that many devout Christians are themselves pretty sad bout the way Christmas has been reduced to a synonym for ‘party’….
Wen some say, “Jesus is the reason for the season”, they aren’t kidding!
As for people who think that by not wishing A Merry Christmas to another “MUSLIM”, I become any lesser of an Indian…..
I wonder what being an Indian means ????
If to be an Indian, I need to respect people for wat they are. Accept them wid their religions, as a part of my life… love them wid their religions… befriend them .. live wid them wid their religions… not force my religion upon them… I bet you, you wud be glad you ever met me coz in that case, I define India.
If to be Indian is to be “cosmopolitan”…. And going by the word meaning, if it means I need to start becoming a little bit of every religion….. going to the church on Sundays, and the mosque 5 times a day…and establishing a little temple complete with all the pratimas, in my house… if anyone feels that this is required to be an Indian…I can only request two things-
One, plz read the constitution and change ur thinking.
Hold on to ur thinking and change the Constitution.
And once the Constitution changes, I shall think weder or not to continue living in India.
As of now…. In the beautiful land called India,
The matrimonials still carry different sections….
And in one little corner…. Mostly by old divorcees who find it difficult to get a spouse, we see the section labeled “Cosmopolitan”.
And if the need arises for me to publish a matri ad, I am not planning to submit one under “Cosmopolitan”.
P.S- the only purpose of the post- I don’t stand my integrity being questioned...wen I know that I am NOT wrong.