December & Christmas

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Saturday 4th December 2021 / 30 Rabī’ ul-Thānī 1443H.

My chosen topic today is December & Christmas.

As the countdown to Christmas has begun, it is absolutely essential that all of us make sure that our beliefs regarding Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, and Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, are very strongly embedded in us, especially our children who are at nurseries, primary or secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

Day in, day out, in the build up to Christmas, we will be hearing a lot about Mary (Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ) and Jesus (Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ). Beliefs (Aqāid) are an integral part of our faith. On a daily basis, spend time with your family and children and go through the miraculous lives of Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, and Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ.

It must be made very clear to our children that Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, is not God and neither is he the Son of God. He is a Prophet who came before our Holy Prophet, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎. Explain in detail that the birth, life and lifting to the skies of Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, was all miraculous.

However, all these miracles were granted by our Creator and Sustainer, Almighty Allāh سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ, who has no partner and no children. Explaining Sūrah Ikhlās and Āyat ul-Kursī will also be very helpful.

It is at times like Christmas and Easter when we really have to make sure that our families and children know what the Islamic teachings are regarding Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, and Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ. There are many books and resources that will be very useful to educate ourselves and our children.

May The Almighty protect and safeguard our Īmān and the Īmān of our generations to come, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
Request for Du’ās
وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala


Supplementary Resources

Sayyidunā ‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – A Prophet of Islām – Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorāt Ḥafidhahullāh

‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – His Blessed Mission in Light of the Glorious Qur’ān – Mawlānā Muḥammad ‘Īsā ‘Abdullāh (a revert from Catholicism)

A Glimpse at the Life of Sayyidunā ‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorāt Ḥafizahullāh

Story of Jesus (‘Īsā) and Mary as Told in the Qur’an – Mufti ‘Abdur-Raḥmān ibn Yūsuf