Originally posted on theskinnyjeanrant:
For the past week, I have been seeing a lot of offensive comments regarding Christmas by Muslims on various social media sites. One of such said “stay away from the festivals of the enemies of Allah” and another blatantly mocked the holiday and Christians in general. These are just two of the many examples I witnessed. For some reason they have stayed in my memory and it is for this reason I will focus on them to make my point clear. Although I started out on this harangue with the intention to defend Christmas and all of its glory, I came to realize that the root of my anger went deeper than a religious holiday. Not only is the subject of “Christmas is halal versus Christmas is haram” tired and frustrating but we are not making progress. For those who disagree that Christmas has merely become a secular commercial festival I will never change their mind, and it is not my job to do so. Then, what is my problem? I will tell you. We, as respectable Muslims, are commanded in the Quran and through the example of the Prophet (SWS) to show respect to the people of the book, as well as every living thing on earth. So my problem is the lack of respect toward these holidays along with wrongly naming someone an “enemy of Allah” or a Kafir. And I am not talking about the salty yoghurt drink from Lebanon!
So, where should I start? Oh I know! How about the one where you do not arbitrarily pick and choose who to call an enemy of Allah or kafir?! Yes, this sounds about right. So perhaps we can have a little class on etymology; shall we? Kafir (كافر ), is a word that is often times mistranslated as meaning infidel or non-Muslim; but is this the true meaning of the word? In fact it is not. Infidel is a word that is found in the Christian Bible however it is not in the Quran. It is a word that has been wrongfully ascribed to our wonderful religion by non-Muslims. The word kafir appears in the Quran six times in five different verses and the meaning presented is not “infidel.”
“Not equal is the good response and the bad response. You shall resort to the nicest possible response. Thus, the one who used to be your enemy, may become your best friend.” [41:34]