Muslim Religion and Celebration of Christmas
The Koran has many passages that accept that Jesus was a prophet. The passages also accept that Mary had a virginal birth. Though Islam accepts Jesus as a prophet, yet it is a dichotomy that Muslims as a rule do not celebrate Christmas or mark the day with any form of religious service. It is just treated as another day like the 365 days of the year.
The situation has come to such an impasse that in Muslim countries the day of Christmas is ignored and in hard line Muslim states like Saudi Arabia any overt celebration is not allowed. What could be the reason for this? The reason lies in the inherent nature of Islam which spread by the sword and the fact that there are records that show that that who the Muslims consider as their opponents are slaughtered, like during the time of Mohammed the massacres of Quays and Badr testify.
How do the Muslims consider the Christians a threat, after the Koran refers to them as ‘Children of god’? This is again difficult to comprehend for a non-Muslim, but to Muslims there is no ambiguity. Though Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, yet they do not consider Jesus the son of god. For Muslims God is pure and holy and has no traits of any desire or human needs. As such that he could have a son is preposterous and goes against the grain of Islam. They believe that God only had a messenger and that was Mohammed as such the claim that Jesus was the son of god is false.
Another reason is that Muslims do not believe that Jesus was born on 25 December. They also do not believe that he died on the cross. These are fundamental differences and no Muslim can accept these facts about Jesus. Though Christians themselves may do research on these aspects, Muslims reject any notion that Jesus was more than a holy prophet. Despite accepting Jesus as a prophet, Christmas is not celebrated. Even if the Muslims do not recognize 25 December as his day of birth, they still do not accept any other day when he was born or mark it with any prayer or celebration.
In fact the belief that Mohammed was the only messenger of God is so ingrained in Muslim psyche that no other prophet can be celebrated. This applies to Jesus and generally a hardline Islam does not allow free celebration to even Christians during Christmas. Examples abound of this phenomenon.
Islam is a one god religion and any other thought is thought of as a threat. The Koran nowhere mentions anything about not celebrating Christmas, but the interpretation that as Jesus was not the son of god no celebration is allowed as it could weaken the Muslim faith.