Christmas decorations are up around our nation. Malls are filled with lines of children taking pictures with Santa as Christmas carols reverberate in the air. Lighted Christmas trees glisten within many homes and schoolchildren are coloring Rudolph's nose, as the story of old St. Nick is told by the fireplace in anticipation of the sound of wrapping paper being torn open on Christmas Day.
At its core, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and for the millions of American Muslims, Christmas time can become one of "those" areas where it is either celebrated, in the secular sense, or completely prohibited. Refraining from choosing sides, my wish is to highlight what I believe is the spirit and celebration of Christ's message, in which Muslims share with their fellow followers of Christianity.
For Muslims, Jesus Christ is considered one of the five leading prophets of God, and is revered 93 times in the Koran and holds various titles as the Messiah, the Son of Mary, the Word and the Spirit of God. His mother, Mary, has not only a Koran chapter entitled after her, but she is also considered one of the four women chosen above all women in existence.