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USA: Sharing the Blessed Joy this Holiday Season

As an Ahmadi Muslim American, I join Jews, Christians and followers of all faiths around the world in cheerful celebrations and remembrance of the Divine this blessed season!

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: Hartford Muslim Examiner
By Zahir Mannan | December 12, 2012

It’s truly “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” not only for Christians but for believers of diverse faiths! Although Christmas may not be observed similarly or even called the same throughout other religions, its essence is certainly shared by all this time of year. With Christmas and Hanukkah already illuminating December, Muslims also are commemorating the enlightening month of Muharram dawning the lunar Islamic New Year. Like Christmas in December, a very special holy day, ‘Ashuraa, is honored in Muharram but not by unwrapping presents, rather by fasting. What’s so special about Yawm al ‘Ashuraa, literally meaning the tenth day or epoch in Arabic? Well, this is the day of juncture when manifold milestones spanning almost every religion occurred in history. The noble Moses (p.b.u.h.) performed the Exodus by God’s command liberating the Israelites from the tyranny of Pharaoh. In thanksgiving of that sublime rescue, Moses (p.b.u.h.) fasted as did holy Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) in loving reverence of God’s grace on his law-bearing predecessor (Moses) and his people. This is also the fateful day when God saved Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) and his followers from the brutality of the Meccans known as the Hijrat or migration.
We are also told in Islam that the Messiah Jesus (p.b.u.h.) was delivered miraculously from the cross on ‘Ashuraa. Many joyous, others sorrowful, like the chivalrous martyrdom of Imam Husayn (G.p.w.h.) http://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/2012-11-23.html#summary-tab; all phenomenons nevertheless animate eye-opening Divine Messages.

Just as you invest wealth on loved ones in December, Muslims devote their energies in honor of their beloveds as well. Even down to the unique holiday deserts, we enjoy a delectable pudding on ‘Ashuraa fortified with the same ingredients you might use such as wheat, nuts, and raisins.

As an Ahmadi Muslim American, I join Jews, Christians and followers of all faiths around the world in cheerful celebrations and remembrance of the Divine this blessed season!

“Mankind were one community, then they differed among themselves, so Allah raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and sent down with them the Book containing the truth that He might judge between the people wherein they differed” (Holy Quran Ch. 2:214).

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