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A muslim view on Christmas

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In the Christmas of 1914, in that most dreadful of all Wars, German, French and British frontline troops decided unanimously and without consultation with their senior officers to lay down their weapons- at least temporarily.

Indeed, here and there they left their battle lines to eat and celebrate and even play a friendly soccer game with their enemies*. Would we have the courage to lay down our weapons and share peace, joy, and harmony with an enemy on Christmas day?

What an amazing story. Those soldiers, amidst the bombing and bloodshed, realized that Christmas is not a time for killing or fighting, but a time for peace, love, and goodwill.

How did they got believed in this, is Christmas a normal day?

I can't agree more with the one who wrote once: Jesus of Nazareth who had born on this same day, his only credentials were himself. He never wrote a book, commanded an army, held a political office, or owned property. He mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village, attracting crowds who were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds.

Jesus lived on earth for 33 years and never made a mistake in his life. His teachings are followed by Christians and Muslims alike, more than 3 billion followers, and probably followers of other religions, too.

Some follow his teachings and others his values, but every one of them believe in his miracles.

On Christmas day, Jesus was sent to this world to make a change, and he did. He did it in a world that is in constant need of change; a need that was there roughly 2,000 years ago and still exists today. So why don’t we learn from this extraordinary man, one of humanity’s greatest, whose glorious birth we celebrate each year? Why don’t we try to change? Why shouldn’t we follow the path that Jesus laid out through the values he spread?
Let us look at his values, for example, “Love one another” and be kind, considerate, patience, loyal, tolerant, and forgiving.

Let us make Jesus’ teachings into a program that every one of us can follow and, indeed, in my view, must follow.

The YEAR plan

Over the 365 days between this Christmas and next Christmas, follow the YEAR plan.

Y

You are you, stop hating yourself, stop torturing yourself; you are what you are, you are you. Be you; do not envy others’ lives.

E

Earn the love of others, earn it and start to make a living out of it; it is worth more than all the money in the world. Earn it with your actions; love and you will be loved back. Stop worrying about what others think. If you continuously judge others, they will stop connecting with you. Just earn their love and forget what they think about you.

A

Accept the bad things that happen to you as you would the good, as both are gifts from the Creator. Nothing worse will happen; keep telling yourself that it will pass. Each of next 365 coming days will include the good and the bad. Enjoy the good days, accept the bad days, get over it, and learn from the experience.

R

Remember what you used to forget or overlook. Remember others who care about you, remember your parents, remember those who loves you, and remember the experiences from which you vowed to learn. We all forget sometimes. It is part of being human. Remember to remember.

You are you, Earn the love of others, Accept life as it is, and Remember what you used to forget.

So let us make this Christmas a turning point in our lives and like those soldiers in WWI, decide to lay down our weapons, but not just on Christmas day. Jesus spread the idea of love, and we should hold that idea in our hearts. Jesus said, “Love one another, be tolerant and forgiving, judge not and you won’t be judged.” If we live by these teachings, change will occur. One of the first steps toward change is recognizing all the blessings around us that we take for granted, for example, family, friends, and even painful events. Consequently, we will bring hope and joy to those around us, as Jesus did.

I am muslim and because of that I love Jesus (peace be upon him).

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