It's definitely nice to see all these films and cartoons this time of year that teach morals and good values to people. I have to say the one I most remember from childhood is the Charlie Brown Xmas special!!
And of course there's It's a Wonderful Life! which has a lot of the elements of A Christmas Carol including showing a person their past and future and giving them a second chance at life after their 'repentance'.
While we can see the good in some things at this time of year I think actually practicing the celebrations of Christmas like decorating, putting up lights, getting a tree and exchanging gifts goes a little too far. Obviously we believe in Prophet Isa
but I think we need to remind ourselves and our children why we do NOT celebrate Christmas. Scholars warned us that this was a slippery slope and I'm honestly shocked to hear about Muslims that celebrate the traditions of Christmas even if they claim they only do the traditions and don't believe in any religious aspects. Hmmm that's like getting your baby baptized and saying you just do it because you like the tradition and don't believe in any religious aspect to it! I don't buy it. Also, for parents who feel their children are "missing out" I have to wonder if one day they won't actually convert or become atheists so that their "kids can fit in and be part of the society". I mean can you figure out if you're Muslim or not? Have some character and hold on to your faith. (K just a lil mini rant.)
And I'll leave everyone with this...
'Twas the Night of Lailatul-Qadr
'Twas the night of Lailatul-Qadr
And all through the frat
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a rat.
The guys were all sleeping
All snug on the floor,
Till one of them woke
From a loud raucous snore.
It came from outside,
Not a snore but a clatter,
So Bilal rushed to the window
To see what was the matter.
The thought of a burglar
Was his reason to hurry,
'Twas old Ramadan Ali!
His charm and charisma
Could surely outdo most,
His belly shook when he laughed
Like a plate full of hummos.
His aura was commanding
Yet jovial and funny,
Like a mixture of falafel
And chicken biryani.
His angels hung their blessings
Over the chimney with care,
In hopes that we thank
Allah later through prayer.
When Ramadan Ali was done,
He hurried away,
And Bilal swore that he glimpsed
A camel-drawn sleigh.
On Faisal! On Amina! On Abdul-Kareem!
On Aisha! On Sonia! On Hussain and Imran!
On Adil! On Omar! On Rudolph Ali Khan!" (he converted)
And through the most holy night,
Bilal waved the spirit goodbye,
And the crescent-shaped moon
Caught the noor from his eye.
And as he went back to sleep,
The faint voice didn't wake 'im:
"A peaceful Ramadan to all!