|World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) wishes all our Christian friends celebrating Christmas a very peaceful and happy celebration on the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Christian friends look forward to this day with great eagerness, for it brings joy to families throughout Christian communities. This year’s celebrations are even more joyous as many Christians in Mosul Iraq, and Aleppo Syria have been liberated from the menace of terrorism and are able to celebrate freely and safely.
Whilst our Christian friends celebrate Christmas and show their love for Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) we Muslims are also reminded of the greatness of this prophet of God.
For Muslims also Jesus was the son of Mary, the daughter of very devout pious parents about whom the Quran states, ‘O Mary! Verily Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.’ (3:42). Indeed a whole chapter is named after Mary in the Quran. The Prophet Jesus was born to her immaculately, through a virgin birth, and without a father. However, as her community questioned her piety, God enabled the babe Jesus to speak from his cradle miraculously, saying, ‘Verily, I am a servant of Allah (God). He has given me the Book, and has made me a prophet, and has made me blessed wherever I may be. And He has enjoined on me prayer and charity (zakah) as long as I live.’ (19:30-31).
The miraculous birth of Jesus is further confirmed by the Quran in the verse 3:59, ‘Surely the likeness of Jesus is with God as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, Be, and he was.’
During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles. God tells us that Jesus said: ‘I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission. I heal the blind from birth and the leper. And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission. And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses....’ (Quran, 3:49)
On this celebration we send peace and blessings upon Jesus the son of Mary, and wish well to Christians world over. Islam is a faith of tolerance and no compulsion, and one which acknowledges the existence of other religious communities. WABIL prays that as believers in God from different traditions, we can come together to learn, exchange, share, and spread goodness on earth.
Sayed Mohammad Al-Musawi
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)