Sunday, 25 December 2016
Christmas was Not a Pagan Holiday
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Every year, we have the same situation where some Muslim will say that Christians celebrating Christmas on the 25th of December is wrong because it was the date of a pagan festival. There are so many levels of idiocy in this statement.
Firstly, there will likely always have been some pagan festival on any one date. Humanity has been around a long time.
Secondly, the festival of Saturnalia and the winter solstice was actually celebrated on the 21st December, not the 25th.
And finally, the 25th of December was chosen because the early Church believed in the integral doctrine, that Jesus (a.s.) was conceived on the day he was crucified. Taking its lead from Tertullian, they traditionally ascribed the date of the Crucifixion to the 25th March. Based on the integral doctrine, the date of conception must have been on the same date; nine months from that date is the 25th December. And that was how they got the date for Christmas.