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Celebrating Any Prophet's Birthday
By:Tayo, USA
Date: Monday, 11 December 2017, 9:17 pm

Peace ,over the years I have seen some Muslims celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad,which is a kind of copying misguided Christians, in their celebration of Christmas purportedly the birthday of Jesus.
The Christmas celebration has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus ,but has its root in Paganism,so it can never be correctly said that it is of Christian origin.
Good examples ,(1)Jesus never celebrated his birthday,there are no references in the Gospels in the Bible that he did that.
(2)Jesus disciples never celebrated his birthday.
(3)It was not until the 4th century when the Christian Church adopted this Pagan festival ,claiming it was Jesus' birthday.
(4)According to the Bible Luke 2:8,the shepherds were in the field watching their sheep,when Jesus was born,so it definitely could not have been in winter or anywhere near to December.
(5)Pagan Saviors were supposed to be born on the 25th December.
(6)Before Jesus was born in BCE Christmas was called Yule day ,X -mas etc.,

Now let us take a look at ,"THE TWO BABYLONS" written by Rev.Alexander Hislop pages 91,92,93,94,97,
...And first, as to the festival in honour of the birth of Christ,or Christmas.How comes it that that festival
was connected with the 25th of December? There is not a word in the Scriptures about the precise day
of his birth,or the time of the year when he was born. What is recorded there ,implies that at what time
soever his birth took place ,it could not have been on the 25th of December.

At the time that the angel announced his birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem ,they were feeding their
flocks by night in the open fields . Now,no doubt, the climate of Palestine is not so severe as the climate
of this country(England);but even there ,though the heat of the day be considerable ,the cold of the night
,from December to February ,is very piercing ,and it was not the custom for the shepherds of Judea to
watch their flocks in the open fields later than the end of October. It is the last degree incredible ,the
that the birth of Christ could have taken place at the end of December...and that within the Christian Church
no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century,and not till the fourth century was far
advanced did it gain much observance. How,then ,did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as
Christmas-day.
Why,thus:Long before the fourth century ,and long before the Christian era itself ,a festival was celebrated
among the heathen ,at that precise time of the year,in honour of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen
of heaven:and it may fairly be presumed that,in order to conciliate the heathen,and swell the number of the
nominal adherents of Christianity,the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church ,giving it only the name
of Christ... That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival,is beyond all doubt. The time of the year ,and the
ceremonies with which it is still celebrated ,prove its origin.In Egypt,the son of Isis ,the Egyptian title for the
queen of heaven,was born at this very time,"about the time of the winter solstice."The very name by which
Christmas is popularly known among ourselves- Yule -day-proves at once its Pagan and Babylonian origin.
"Yule"is the Chaldee name for an "infant" or "little child"...Far and wide ,in the realms of Paganism was this
birthday observed...The Christmas tree,the lighting up,the revels,all have Pagan origins .

So there are no blessings in observing this Pagan festival and the Muslims are truly misguided who copy the misguided Christians, and are celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad,as that is also vanity and does nothing to promote Islam as revealed in the Qur'an,the same questions can be asked
(1)Did Prophet Muhammad celebrate his birthday?
(2)Did the Muslims of his time celebrate his birthday?
(3)Did his Companions celebrate his birthday in the time of Abu Bakr,Umar,Othman or Ali's Caliphate celebrate his birthday
(4)Is there any support from the Qur'an for celebrating his birthday?THE ANSWER TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS IS NO.

Muslims ,it is a far better idea to use that time ,money,energy ,zeal,and effort in promoting what the Qur'an teaches.Don't copy nonsense,as it is futile,the people who win each, and every year you and misguided Christians celebrate are "BIG BUSINESS",as they cater to your stupidity and get richer and richer at your expense.Take some of that money to help poor people all through the year.
In closing ,there are more vehicular accidents at Christmas season,which includes drunken driving,and other extremes. Sura33:2 Follow Allah's Revelation Sura2:170 Do not follow misguided ancestors and do not forget that the Qur'an condemns blind following,and if you follow the majority you will go astray. Tayo Pa