THURROCK MUSLIM COMMUNITY- WELCOME MESSAGE -THURROCKMUSLIMS.COM

THURROCK MUSLIM COMMUNITY- WELCOME MESSAGE -THURROCKMUSLIMS.COM


In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Asalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam and Thurrock residents, welcome to ThurrockMuslims.com

We’re here to inspire, educate and unite everyone on goodness, peace, justice and the Truth, in sha Allah.

This is your space- Your place to learn about Islam from the authentic sources of the Islamic deen (religion/way of life). Here, you will benefit from reminders from the Noble book of Allah, Al-Qur’an, and from the Sunnah (practices and teachings of Allah’s final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.) We post updates of local activities and events, Mosque and Madrasah announcements, news and articles, videos and much more! Let’s stay connected .Sign up and follow us.

We would like to remind ourselves and you to remember our purpose in life:

Allah The Exalted said in surah Az-zariyaat (English interpretation):

 

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ – 51:56

 “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me (alone).”

[Qur’an, chapter 51 verse 56]

 

This is our noble purpose in life, to worship Allah alone. Therefore, let us serve the Ever-Living Creator of the universe, Allah. We need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us. Through obeying Allah we can attain happiness, for ultimately, we are preparing for the meeting with Him on the day of Judgement.

Let us strive for Allah’s pleasure, for the everlasting bliss in paradise, in sha Allah.

shahadah

 

Moreover, the Final messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

 “Actions are but by intentions, and each person will have but that which he intended.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Therefore dear brothers and sisters, let us strive to keep our intentions purely and sincerely for the sake of Allah alone, seeking reward from Him. Let us also perform the actions according to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, for Allah commands us to obey him.

So, when we fast- we fast for the sake of Allah, when we pray- we pray for the sake of Allah, when we spend in charity, it is for His sake alone, and in accordance with the Sunnah.

May Allah bless you and us all with a prosperous Ramadaan and may He make us of those who sincerely submit to Him alone as He deserves, in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah. May Allah abundantly bless His final prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Aameen.

We leave with you a powerful reminder from surah Al-Asr (Chapter 103 of Al-Qur’an):

jazaakumAllaahu khairan!

Keep us in duas.

If you want to be part of the ongoing charity/ sadaqah jariyah, go ahead and support us, write for us, or offer whatever you can for the cause of Allah, Get Involved

 Thurrock Muslim Community

Ramadan 1440AH

[original post Sha’ban 1435]

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4 LESSONS TO LEARN FROM CHRISTCHURCH – Thurrock Muslims


4 LESSONS TO LEARN FROM CHRISTCHURCH – Thurrock Muslims


Asalamu alaykum

May Allah bring peace to you all.

One week ago, a tragic event unfolded in Christchurch, New Zealand. There occured a gruesome and ruthless attack and murder of 50 worshippers at two Mosques in New Zealand, at the hands of a hater whose name is not worth mentioning. That day, the killer, a 28-year-old militant, far-right, supremacist, extremist, terrorist, did not hesitate to bare arms against a peaceful congregation of Muslims gathered for the weekly Friday Prayers, at their local Mosque. To add insult to injury, the strategic terrorist broadcast his calculated and callous crime to the world without any guilt, shame or fear of consequences.

It was a day a great grief, not just for the families of those who were killed and injured, but for the rest of us who too worship Allah alone, the entire Muslim community around the world. We lost a limb. And it wasn’t the first.

The final prophet of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever. (Sahih Muslim)

What happened in Christchurch on March 15 2019, was a wakeup call.

This, and many other past and on-going atrocities around the world where innocent lives are being lost by ill-intending criminals, must be shunned by all. And indeed, any human being with an ounce of mercy would agree.

 

At present, it almost feels like the Makkan period all over… When the early Muslims of Arabia at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were persecuted on account of believing ‘laa ilaha illAllah, MuhammadurRasoolullah’. (There is no true god worthy of worship except Allah alone (whom has no associates), and Muhammad is the final prophet of Allah).

 

This is the peaceful, pure message which every prophet (peace be upon them) preached, ‘la ilaha illAllah’ (There is no true god worthy of worship except Allah alone ).

It is a wise message which makes sense, the message that everyone is inherently inclined to, the message our forefather Adam (peace be upon him) proclaimed and practiced. We are all the children of Adam, ultimately. Why hate each other for no good reason?

For too long, the headlines have been criminalising the broader Muslim community by associating us with the acts of some misguided individuals who claim to be following Islam. This mass criminalisation tricks the lay person into misinterpretting the true message of Islam as apparent in the authentic scriptures. The remedy to this ignorance is for every person to study Islam for themselves, from the authentic texts, The Qur’an and the Sahih Hadith. Please contact us for more, you can get started here : Islam Explained.

We have, will and must condemn anyone who teaches other than what Allah revealed and what the Last prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught. Murder is murder, never mind who the perpetrator is. Islam teaches that murder is one of the major sins. May Allah protect us from major and minor sins, Ameen.

Of course, most of the world’s Muslim population wouldn’t dream of blowing up anything or anyone, let alone themselves.  But the unfortunate truth is, that we still get hated on because the naive, ignorant and lazy folk don’t bother to enquire about the true message of Islam. They don’t want to talk to us to dispel their misconceptions on Islam, they just want to hate!

Well, we won’t be your punching bag, and we’re not sorry. Because that dark Friday noon, the world witnessed that horrific incident. One thing that fuelled it was the lack of willingness to learn what Islam really teaches, the desire for hatred and destruction was dearer to the Christchurch Killer than was his desire for peace and reconciliation.

The killer planned to eradicate New Zealand of Muslims. He killed 50, injured 50 more. But following this, hundreds and thousands arround the world have come to realise Islam is not a religion of terror…it has opened for them their path to seeking the truth. Thank you to all the wonderful people who, out of compassion, contacted us with kind words. May Allah always guide you and us to the right path and bring us all true peace. Ameen

…Peace will prevail and may Allah have mercy on us all. Those worshippers who were murdered came to the Friday prayer and were in peaceful submission to Allah.  The detestable killer wanted to snatch their peace away, so he did what he did. But in sha Allah (God willing), in the hereafter, those who were treated unjustly, those killed by the criminals, will taste true peace and justice.

 

Alhamdulillah Allah has given us a chance thus far to turn back to Him alone, and to submit to Him. Allah gave us everything, Alhamdulillah (All praise and thanks belongs to Allah). We should always be grateful to Allah. Indeed, in today’s Friday sermon in Madinah (The city of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him), the Sheikh reminded us to be grateful to Allah.

The pure, peaceful, beneficial message of Islam will reach people however Allah wills. Allah, The Most Merciful God will gather us all in the hereafter, and no one will be dealt with unjustly. We will reap what we sowed in this world. Let’s plant seeds of peace, mercy, unity and justice, let us humble ourselves to Allah in sincere submission.

Let’s work on bettering ourselves and the world. The world has enough hate, let’s bring more peace to it, shall we?

Lesson 1- Remember Allah at all times and worship Him alone, because we will certainly return to Him.

Lesson 2- Be grateful to Allah always. Alhamdulillah for everything. We have been blessed with a lot ma sha Allah. Don’t allow fear, persecution and trials to make us forget the blessings of Allah.

Lesson 3- Hatred and terrorism has no religion. Don’t misjudge a faith or group on account of the actions of a few criminals.

Lesson 4– Ignorance is harmful. But ignorance, coupled with extreme hatred, plus a will for destruction proves deadly. We welcome everyone to learn what Islam really teaches at our Islam Explained page

Please share this with everyone and attribute back to www.ThurrockMuslims.wordpress.com

May Allah forgive our mistakes, in this and beyond, and may Allah grant us guidance, peace, mercy, unity and paradise. May Allah grant peace and safety everywhere. Wasallallahu alaa nabiyina Muhammad Amin.

 

Thurrock Muslims

 

Why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas?

Why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas?


In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

Peace people!

Guess what, it’s December again and we’re fast approaching the holiday period.

So we’re all dazzled by the funky lights, surrounded by lofty pine trees, bombarded with special offers and advertisements and perhaps even, confronted by some big old man in a red hat and suit… and ho, ho, how has this got anything to do with this post? Well, I’m getting to it : ]

giftbx

Now since we are in Britain, and it has traditionally been known as a Christian country, Christmas day, i.e. 25 December is considered a national holiday. You can argue all you want that its been commercialised and it’s no longer a religious thing, but my friend, that’s not the point.

Let’s have a look at the history of Christmas:

According to Britannica Encyclopaedia, Christmas has become a Christian festival where Christians believe they are celebrating the birth of Christ, or Jesus. Historically, however, the date coincides with pagan Roman festivals which celebrated the winter solstice. It is believed that early Christians wanted to celebrate the 25th to coincide with the pagan festival. There is no clear statement in the New testament supporting the celebration of Jesus’ birth on the 25th. Nevertheless, it is still widely celebrated in that manner.

So basically in a nutshell, Christmas day has pagan origins!

And did you know, there are many groups and sections of society who do not celebrate Christmas, such as Jewish people, some atheists, and even some Christians (trust me, I googled it…)! 

Now I’m going to tell you WHY MUSLIMS DON’T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, with due respect and no offence intended my friend. : )

In Islam, the MOST IMPORTANT belief is that of Islamic monotheism. That is, we are commanded to submit to and believe in Allah (The One True God), and attribute complete Oneness to Allah as He deserves in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

Consequently, as a Muslim, i.e. one who submits to Allah (The One True God), we believe that we must abandon and turn away from anything that contradicts the principles of Islamic monotheism. Polytheism, idolatry and ascribing partners to Allah are MAJOR SINS! The biggest sin which Allah will not forgive, is ascribing partners to Him !

 

‘Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.’ [Qur’an, chapter 4, verse 48- English interpretation]

Allah is so self-sufficient, it does not befit His Majesty to take a son or wife, or to beget or be begotten. He does not resemble His creation, for He is the uncreated Creator, and there is no similitude to Him.

In fact, a remarkably concise description of Allah can be found in chapter 112 of The Noble Qur’an, which is the verbatim words of Allah, and Allah’s final revealed book to mankind.

Have a listen to this chapter here:

Regarding Jesus (peace be upon him), in Islam we believe he was a mighty messenger of Allah. Jesus, or Isa in Arabic, was born a miraculous birth, from the virgin Mary. We refer to Jesus as ‘Isa ibnu Maryam, which means Jesus son of Mary. Jesus did not have a father, and he is not the son of God/Allah, because as we mentioned earlier, it does not befit the majesty of Allah to beget. Allah decreed that Jesus would be born miraculously without a father from the pure chaste virgin Mary. We respect them very much and we know that Jesus never claimed divinity, rather Jesus called his people to worship Allah alone, the same message each prophet and messenger of Allah called to. Jesus’ (peace be upon him) story can be found in the Qur’an in numerous places. (for more information, please see the upcoming post on chapter 19 of the Qur’an entitled Maryam!)

Incidentally, Paganism supports polytheism. Polytheism means worshipping multiple deities. Therefore, the Christian Trinity is essentially polytheism. And as previously mentioned in this blog, Islam means submission to the One True God, Allah, and our purpose in life is to acknowledge Allah’s complete Oneness, to uphold Islamic monotheism, and to attribute absolute Oneness to Allah in His Lordship, names and attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

handshak

I hope you understand now, why we don’t celebrate Christmas, why we don’t exchange Christmas greetings and why we don’t give or take cards and gifts on this occasion. It’s nothing to do with you personally, so please don’t take it personally! Because the truth is, as Muslims, the most important One to us is Allah, and the only reason we are alive is for Allah, to serve Him, to worship Him, because we need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us to do that. Whether or not we worship Him, it does not detract or add to His majesty at all. Rather He is The Self-Sufficient, The Majestic, The Rich, Free of all needs. The Lord of all that exists, He is Allah.

Besides, our kind behaviour and gifts to you is not supposed to be limited to a certain day of the year, as Muslims we are required to deal with everyone in a just manner at all times, exhibiting the best character.  If we have fallen short in fulfilling our rights towards you as our neighbours, please do forgive us. We make mistakes, after all we are human. Although, we endeavour to follow the best example of excellent moral conduct,as taught to us by Allah’s final prophet and messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him.

I’ll leave you with a verse from the Qur’an to get you thinking.

‘Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I am only a man like you. It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God – i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” ‘

[Qur’an, chapter 18: v110, english interpretation]

Thanks for reading.

Peace.

Thurrock Muslims

 

 

HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE SUCH A STUNNING INDIVIDUAL?


HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE SUCH A STUNNING INDIVIDUAL?-

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him


No man can match him.

The mercy to mankind and all creation…

The Final prophet of Allah, Messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Learn how he struggled with patient perserverance, how he faced persecution yet responded with compassion and sincerity, all to spread the truthful message la ilaha illAllah.

He was a powerful man, yet unimaginably humble, strong yet empathetic, concerned for his people, selfless… a true Leader.

Find out how his sucess extended beyond his era. In his life, upon him be peace, is a lesson for everyone.

Allah grant abundant blessings upon Your final prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Amin

 

Thurrock Muslims

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Why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas?

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

Peace people!

Guess what, it’s December again and we’re fast approaching the holiday period.

So we’re all dazzled by the funky lights, surrounded by lofty pine trees, bombarded with special offers and advertisements and perhaps even, confronted by some big old man in a red hat and suit… and ho, ho, how has this got anything to do with this post? Well, I’m getting to it : ]

giftbx

Now since we are in Britain, and it has traditionally been known as a Christian country, Christmas day, i.e. 25 December is considered a national holiday. You can argue all you want that its been commercialised and it’s no longer a religious thing, but my friend, that’s not the point.

Let’s have a look at the history of Christmas:

According to Britannica Encyclopaedia, Christmas has become a Christian festival where Christians believe they are celebrating the birth of Christ, or Jesus. Historically, however, the date coincides with pagan Roman festivals which celebrated the winter solstice. It is believed that early Christians wanted to celebrate the 25th to coincide with the pagan festival. There is no clear statement in the New testament supporting the celebration of Jesus’ birth on the 25th. Nevertheless, it is still widely celebrated in that manner.

So basically in a nutshell, Christmas day has pagan origins!

And did you know, there are many groups and sections of society who do not celebrate Christmas, such as Jewish people, some atheists, and even some Christians (trust me, I googled it…)! 

Now I’m going to tell you WHY MUSLIMS DON’T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, with due respect and no offence intended my friend. : )

In Islam, the MOST IMPORTANT belief is that of Islamic monotheism. That is, we are commanded to submit to and believe in Allah (The One True God), and attribute complete Oneness to Allah as He deserves in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

Consequently, as a Muslim, i.e. one who submits to Allah (The One True God), we believe that we must abandon and turn away from anything that contradicts the principles of Islamic monotheism. Polytheism, idolatry and ascribing partners to Allah are MAJOR SINS! The biggest sin which Allah will not forgive, is ascribing partners to Him !

 

‘Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.’ [Qur’an, chapter 4, verse 48- English interpretation]

Allah is so self-sufficient, it does not befit His Majesty to take a son or wife, or to beget or be begotten. He does not resemble His creation, for He is the uncreated Creator, and there is no similitude to Him.

In fact, a remarkably concise description of Allah can be found in chapter 112 of The Noble Qur’an, which is the verbatim words of Allah, and Allah’s final revealed book to mankind.

Have a listen to this chapter here:

Regarding Jesus (peace be upon him), in Islam we believe he was a mighty messenger of Allah. Jesus, or Isa in Arabic, was born a miraculous birth, from the virgin Mary. We refer to Jesus as ‘Isa ibnu Maryam, which means Jesus son of Mary. Jesus did not have a father, and he is not the son of God/Allah, because as we mentioned earlier, it does not befit the majesty of Allah to beget. Allah decreed that Jesus would be born miraculously without a father from the pure chaste virgin Mary. We respect them very much and we know that Jesus never claimed divinity, rather Jesus called his people to worship Allah alone, the same message each prophet and messenger of Allah called to. Jesus’ (peace be upon him) story can be found in the Qur’an in numerous places. (for more information, please see the upcoming post on chapter 19 of the Qur’an entitled Maryam!)

Incidentally, Paganism supports polytheism. Polytheism means worshipping multiple deities. Therefore, the Christian Trinity is essentially polytheism. And as previously mentioned in this blog, Islam means submission to the One True God, Allah, and our purpose in life is to acknowledge Allah’s complete Oneness, to uphold Islamic monotheism, and to attribute absolute Oneness to Allah in His Lordship, names and attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

handshak

I hope you understand now, why we don’t celebrate Christmas, why we don’t exchange Christmas greetings and why we don’t give or take cards and gifts on this occasion. It’s nothing to do with you personally, so please don’t take it personally! Because the truth is, as Muslims, the most important One to us is Allah, and the only reason we are alive is for Allah, to serve Him, to worship Him, because we need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us to do that. Whether or not we worship Him, it does not detract or add to His majesty at all. Rather He is The Self-Sufficient, The Majestic, The Rich, Free of all needs. The Lord of all that exists, He is Allah.

Besides, our kind behaviour and gifts to you is not supposed to be limited to a certain day of the year, as Muslims we are required to deal with everyone in a just manner at all times, exhibiting the best character.  If we have fallen short in fulfilling our rights towards you as our neighbours, please do forgive us. We make mistakes, after all we are human. Although, we endeavour to follow the best example of excellent moral conduct,as taught to us by Allah’s final prophet and messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him.

I’ll leave you with a verse from the Qur’an to get you thinking.

‘Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I am only a man like you. It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God – i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” ‘

[Qur’an, chapter 18: v110, english interpretation]

Thanks for reading.

Peace.

Thurrock Muslims

 

 

WORLD FAITHS -ISLAM presentation for Thurrock Scouts

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WORLD FAITHS -ISLAM presentation for Thurrock Scouts

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In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

 

This presentation has been prepared for Thurrock Scouts group on behalf of the Thurrock Muslim community. We appreciate this opportunity and thank you for reaching out to us.

We are delighted to present our faith to you and hope this will be an opportunity to foster peace and prosperity in the community.

peace in the sand

 

We’re going to start with a simple summary of our religion, Islam. Then we’ll talk about the relationship between Islam, Muslims and the wider community. And we’ll finish with a summary and an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

 

So what is Islam? Islam is a major world religion, practiced by an estimated 1.6bn people worldwide. Islam means submission to The One True God worthy of worship, called “Allah” in the Arabic language. Allah is The Creator and Lord of all that exists. A Muslim worships Allah.

 

Islam is the faith of absolute monotheism, meaning Muslims acknowledge the complete Oneness of God/Allah (see chapter 112 The Qur’an). Muslims believe that Allah (The One True God) is the only One worthy of worship. Allah has no partners, no children, no family and no need for anything, as He is Self-Sufficient.

 

Allah sent prophets and messengers and books of revelation to guide mankind. We believe in many prophets, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and the final prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). We believe in the original versions of the previous scriptures revealed to the previous generations, such as the Torah, Psalms and Gospel. We believe in and implement the final revelation, The Qur’an.

 

Muslims believe the purpose in life is to worship Allah alone, by following the Qur’an (the final revealed book from Allah to mankind) and the Sunnah (the guidance of His final prophet and Messenger Muhammad peace be upon him.)

 

shahadah

 

The Qur’an and the Sunnah teach us how to worship Allah, how to conduct ourselves, our rights and obligations, how to perfect our manners, how to eat, drink, dress, and how to conduct our relationships and interactions with others (including with humans, animals and the environment at large).

 

Unfortunately, Islam is regularly misrepresented in the mainstream media. A few criminals who commit acts of injustice, terror and oppression do not and cannot represent true Islam! Every human being makes mistakes, so we cannot judge Islam by Muslims.

 

It’s important to learn the true facts to dispel ignorance, stereotyping and discrimination. Knowledge about any topic is best obtained from the original source, in this case, for Islam the original source is the Qur’an and the collection of Hadith (narrations mentioning the ‘Sunnah’/traditions & teachings of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him).

sand heart

 

Islam teaches Muslims to perfect their characters and morals. For example, Islam emphasizes the spread of truth, peace, mercy, justice and security for every society. Islam promotes justice and good manners with everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds and beliefs.

 

In summary:

 

  • The main message of Islam is submission to the One True God,
  • Muslims worship Allah by implementing the Qur’an and following the traditions of the final prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
  • The final prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught Muslims to perfect their manners and benefit their communities, and to spread truth, peace and justice, in obedience to Allah.

 

The prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

‘The merciful ones are granted mercy by the Most Merciful (Allah) . Show mercy to those who are on Earth, and the One above the heavens (Allah) will show mercy to you.’

 

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear from you! You can get back to us with any questions at our blog www.thurrockmuslims.wordpress.com

Sign up for free and stay in touch with us or contact us here.

 

With love and on behalf of

The Thurrock Muslim Community : )

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Do Muslims celebrate Christmas?

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

Peace y’all! Hope your all well.

It’s December.

giftbx

You know what that means?

Think Britain, national holiday, Christmas, Jesus…

You can argue all you want that it’s been commercialised and it’s no longer a religious thing, but my friend, that’s not the point.

Christmas day, i.e 25th December is attributed to the Christian faith, yet did you know it has its roots in PAGANISM?

 

Let’s have a look at the history of Christmas:

According to Britannica Encyclopaedia, Christmas has become a Christian festival where Christians believe they are celebrating the birth of Christ, or Jesus. Historically, however, the date coincides with pagan Roman festivals which celebrated the winter solstice. It is believed that early Christians wanted to celebrate the 25th to coincide with the pagan festival. There is no clear statement in the New testament supporting the celebration of Jesus’ birth on the 25th. Nevertheless, it is still widely celebrated in that manner.

So basically in a nutshell, Christmas day has pagan origins!

Well,  DO MUSLIMS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? 

In all honesty and with due respect, the answer is -they don’t.

Choosing not to celebrate Christmas is NOT a personal attack on those who wish to celebrate it. It’s a personal decision deeply rooted in our internal religious beliefs.

As Muslims, we believe there’s no compulsion in religion. Just as you’re not compelled to believe, we aren’t compelled to disbelieve.  : )

“There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in taghoot (false gods) and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.” [QUR’AN CHAPTER 2:256]  

“Say: ‘O you mankind! Now truth (i.e. the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad), has come to you from your Lord. So whosoever receives guidance, he does so for the good of his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he does so to his own loss; and I am not (set) over you as a Wakeel (disposer of affairs to oblige you for guidance).’”[QUR’AN CHAPTER 10:108] 

“Whosoever does righteous good deeds, it is for (the benefit of) his ownself; and whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself. And your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves.[QUR’AN CHAPTER 41:46] 

We highly encourage you to look into Islam though, because we want you to share the delight and happiness, we want the best for all. : D

As Muslims, our life mission is to serve Allah (The One True God) without ascribing any partners/rivals to Him. We are completely MONOTHEISTIC. Anything that opposes the principles of Islamic monotheism is a no-go for us.

Islamic monotheism  entails belief in and submission to Allah (The One True God), by attributing complete Oneness to Allah as He deserves in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

And a Muslim, i.e. one who submits to Allah (The One True God), relentlessly steers away from anything that contradicts the principles of Islamic monotheism. Polytheism, idolatry and ascribing partners to Allah are MAJOR SINS! The biggest sin which Allah will not forgive, is ascribing partners to Him !

 

‘Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.’ [Qur’an, chapter 4, verse 48- English interpretation]

Allah is so self-sufficient, it does not befit His Majesty to take a son or wife, or to beget or be begotten. He does not resemble His creation, for He is the uncreated Creator, and there is no similitude to Him.

In fact, a remarkably concise description of Allah can be found in chapter 112 of The Noble Qur’an, which is the verbatim words of Allah, and Allah’s final revealed book to mankind.

Have a listen to this chapter here:

Regarding Jesus (peace be upon him), in Islam we believe he was a mighty messenger of Allah. Jesus, or Isa in Arabic, was born a miraculous birth, from the virgin Mary. We refer to Jesus as ‘Isa ibnu Maryam, which means Jesus son of Mary. Jesus did not have a father, and he is not the son of God/Allah, because as we mentioned earlier, it does not befit the majesty of Allah to beget. Allah decreed that Jesus would be born miraculously without a father from the pure, chaste, virgin Mary. We respect them very much and we know that Jesus never claimed divinity, rather Jesus called his people to worship Allah alone, the same message each prophet and messenger of Allah called to. Jesus’ (peace be upon him) story can be found in the Qur’an in numerous places. (for more information, please see the post on chapter 19 of the Qur’an entitled Maryam!)

Incidentally, Paganism supports polytheism. Polytheism means worshipping multiple deities. Therefore, the Christian Trinity is essentially polytheism. And as previously mentioned in this blog, Islam means submission to the One True God, Allah, and our purpose in life is to acknowledge Allah’s complete Oneness, to uphold Islamic monotheism, and to attribute absolute Oneness to Allah in His Lordship, names and attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

handshak

Not celebrating Christmas, is not contrary to British values, it’s contrary to polytheistic & pagan values. That’s it.

It would be hypocritical and contradictory to be a monotheist, but continue to indulge in polytheistic & pagan traditions. Don’t you think?

I hope you understand now, why we don’t celebrate Christmas, why we don’t exchange Christmas greetings and why we don’t give or take cards and gifts on this occasion. It’s nothing to do with you personally, so please don’t take it personally! Because the truth is, as Muslims, the most important One to us is Allah, and the only reason we are alive is for Allah, to serve Him, to worship Him, because we need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us to do that. Whether or not we worship Him, it does not detract or add to His majesty at all. Rather He is The Self-Sufficient, The Majestic, The Rich, Free of all needs. The Lord of all that exists.

Besides, our kind behaviour and gifts to you is not supposed to be limited to a certain day of the year, as Muslims we are required to deal with everyone in a just manner at all times, exhibiting the best character.  If we have fallen short in fulfilling our rights towards you as our neighbours, please do forgive us. We make mistakes, after all we are human. Although, we endeavour to follow the best example of excellent moral conduct,as taught to us by Allah’s final prophet and messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him.

I’ll leave you with a verse from the Qur’an to get you thinking.

‘Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I am only a man like you. It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God – i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” ‘

[Qur’an, chapter 18: v110, english interpretation]

Thanks for reading.

Peace.

Thurrock Muslims

 

 

Why don’t Muslims celebrate Christmas?

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

Peace people!

Guess what, it’s December again and we’re fast approaching the holiday period.

So we’re all dazzled by the funky lights, surrounded by lofty pine trees, bombarded with special offers and advertisements and perhaps even, confronted by some big old man in a red hat and suit… and ho, ho, how has this got anything to do with this post? Well, I’m getting to it : ]

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Now since we are in Britain, and it has traditionally been known as a Christian country, Christmas day, i.e. 25 December is considered a national holiday. You can argue all you want that its been commercialised and it’s no longer a religious thing, but my friend, that’s not the point.

Let’s have a look at the history of Christmas:

According to Britannica Encyclopaedia, Christmas has become a Christian festival where Christians believe they are celebrating the birth of Christ, or Jesus. Historically, however, the date coincides with pagan Roman festivals which celebrated the winter solstice. It is believed that early Christians wanted to celebrate the 25th to coincide with the pagan festival. There is no clear statement in the New testament supporting the celebration of Jesus’ birth on the 25th. Nevertheless, it is still widely celebrated in that manner.

So basically in a nutshell, Christmas day has pagan origins!

Now I’m going to tell you WHY MUSLIMS DON’T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, with due respect and no offence intended my friend. : )

In Islam, the MOST IMPORTANT belief is that of Islamic monotheism. That is, we are commanded to submit to and believe in Allah (The One True God), and attribute complete Oneness to Allah as He deserves in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

Consequently, as a Muslim, i.e. one who submits to Allah (The One True God), we believe that we must abandon and turn away from anything that contradicts the principles of Islamic monotheism. Polytheism, idolatry and ascribing partners to Allah are MAJOR SINS! The biggest sin which Allah will not forgive, is ascribing partners to Him !

 

‘Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.’ [Qur’an, chapter 4, verse 48- English interpretation]

Allah is so self-sufficient, it does not befit His Majesty to take a son or wife, or to beget or be begotten. He does not resemble His creation, for He is the uncreated Creator, and there is no similitude to Him.

In fact, a remarkably concise description of Allah can be found in chapter 112 of The Noble Qur’an, which is the verbatim words of Allah, and Allah’s final revealed book to mankind.

Have a listen to this chapter here:

Regarding Jesus (peace be upon him), in Islam we believe he was a mighty messenger of Allah. Jesus, or Isa in Arabic, was born a miraculous birth, from the virgin Mary. We refer to Jesus as ‘Isa ibnu Maryam, which means Jesus son of Mary. Jesus did not have a father, and he is not the son of God/Allah, because as we mentioned earlier, it does not befit the majesty of Allah to beget. Allah decreed that Jesus would be born miraculously without a father from the pure chaste virgin Mary. We respect them very much and we know that Jesus never claimed divinity, rather Jesus called his people to worship Allah alone, the same message each prophet and messenger of Allah called to. Jesus’ (peace be upon him) story can be found in the Qur’an in numerous places. (for more information, please see the upcoming post on chapter 19 of the Qur’an entitled Maryam!)

Incidentally, Paganism supports polytheism. Polytheism means worshipping multiple deities. Therefore, the Christian Trinity is essentially polytheism. And as previously mentioned in this blog, Islam means submission to the One True God, Allah, and our purpose in life is to acknowledge Allah’s complete Oneness, to uphold Islamic monotheism, and to attribute absolute Oneness to Allah in His Lordship, names and attributes and right to be worshipped alone.

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I hope you understand now, why we don’t celebrate Christmas, why we don’t exchange Christmas greetings and why we don’t give or take cards and gifts on this occasion. It’s nothing to do with you personally, so please don’t take it personally! Because the truth is, as Muslims, the most important One to us is Allah, and the only reason we are alive is for Allah, to serve Him, to worship Him, because we need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us to do that. Whether or not we worship Him, it does not detract or add to His majesty at all. Rather He is The Self-Sufficient, The Majestic, The Rich, Free of all needs. The Lord of all that exists, He is Allah.

Besides, our kind behaviour and gifts to you is not supposed to be limited to a certain day of the year, as Muslims we are required to deal with everyone in a just manner at all times, exhibiting the best character.  If we have fallen short in fulfilling our rights towards you as our neighbours, please do forgive us. We make mistakes, after all we are human. Although, we endeavour to follow the best example of excellent moral conduct,as taught to us by Allah’s final prophet and messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him.

I’ll leave you with a verse from the Qur’an to get you thinking.

‘Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I am only a man like you. It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God – i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” ‘

[Qur’an, chapter 18: v110, english interpretation]

Thanks for reading.

Peace.

Thurrock Muslims