The Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission (AIM) wishes its friends from the Christian faith a Happy Christmas and sends a letter to various Churches of different denominations.
The letter is available below:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful,
To our friends from the Christian faith,
May God’s peace and blessings be upon you,
As Christmas fast approaches, we as Muslims from around the world extend our warm wishes to our Christian friends during the festive period and remember the great legacy of Jesus, son of Mary.
As you know, we hold both Jesus and Mary in the highest of reverence and pray that God helps us to walk their path in our own lives. We have an entire chapter in the Quran dedicated to Mary and numerous passages that shed light on the great life of Jesus. We consider him of the greatest Prophets who was chosen by the Almighty to embark on a divine mission to save mankind from itself.
At a time when oppression is plaguing the world, it is more important than ever to reflect on the teachings of Jesus who safeguarded the weak and stood up against injustice. We remember those downtrodden around the world, particularly in Yemen, Myanmar and Palestine, both Muslim and Christian, who are being relentlessly oppressed.
The disastrous famine in Yemen is a huge concern for us all as the UN is reporting that over 8 million people are on the verge of starvation and disease, all the while Saudi forces are pounding the country with Western-made weapons.
In Myanmar, a genocide is taking place before the eyes of the world stage with very little intervention. Numerous reports of mass murder, rape and exile of the Rohingya Muslims are being ignored and Myanmar leaders are not being questioned on their horrific actions.
In Palestine, the birthplace of Jesus; occupation remains prevalent; heinous crimes are perpetrated against an innocent people on this sacred land for over a millennium. Recently, the reckless statements made by US President Trump on the ‘capital of Israel’ has pushed the region into yet another violent conflict whilst the voices of reason are stifled by right-wing media and political persuasions.
Today, we remember all those oppressed anywhere in the world and look to help them in their hour of need. We take heed from the verse in the Bible:
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. [Isaiah 1:17]
We as Muslims in Britain also have our challenges. We are often maligned and pushed aside as pariahs, all the while Islamophobia is at an all-time high. We are labelled as extremists by a media that often portrays us as being filled with hate, intolerance, bigotry and contempt. That is unfortunately the world we live in.
We feel that religion is being sidelined by immoral politicians and an atheist agenda that pushes man away from God and closer to materialism and egotism. We, as people of faith are often pitched against each other stifling the message of love, peace and unity.
Dialogue and understanding have been neglected, leaving us to fall prey to the agendas of those who do not have our religion’s best interest at heart.
When we look at the world around us and ponder about faith, religion and the divine plan, many questions arise. Do we collectively follow the great examples of the people sent to us from God? Would Jesus stay silent to the world powers of today that have brought us to this state of affairs?
The principles that Jesus lived by are what unite us as Christians and Muslims today. With the grace of God, the faithful will not be broken by these challenges. We urge that together we as people of faith can be strong and united in our belief in the one true God.
We pray that the Almighty God guides us to His path and provides us with the light to uphold His message.
May God bless you with a peaceful, loving and reflective Christmas and may you have a wonderful 2018.
Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission (AIM)
15th December 2017