Christian Leader Prevents Muslim From Trolling Christians

Last Sunday (18.12.16), I must have been one of very few people who attended a mosque (to worship) and went to a church (not to worship) in the space of 5 hours.

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The mosque’s morning prayer was what it always is. Spiritual. Providing out-of-this-world experiences. It was more sombre and emotional as it included a moving supplication for the Muslims in Syria and Burma (the Rohingya people) given the recent news of suffering, persecution and fear subjected to our brothers and sisters over there.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the church service at a local historic church I visit from time to time. I listened to the Reverend’s sermon with interest.

The sermon was about Mary (perhaps surprising for a Protestant church) – an attempt to draw inspiration from Mary’s life and reinvigorate the status of Mary. Inevitably Christmas was mentioned followed by a push-back against materialism in this holiday period. The Reverend spoke of his own household being one that actively limits materialism and debt at this time of the year to one present each via a secret Santa.

What struck me was the mention of Christmas and the condemnation of consumerism simultaneously. It struck me because I had a thought for a blog recently. A thought that I am not proud of. A thought to post about Christmas and go tit-for-tat with the insensitivity of a I-want-you-to-look-at-me Christian polemicist, David Wood.

He mocked Muslims and Ramadan by labelling it a month of gluttony. My thought was to talk about the gluttony during the festive period here in the West. The Christmas festive period! Surely it would be easy for me to cobble together some stats showing how the consumption of food and drink increases during the month of December along with the amount of money spent. That post would really get David’s followers thinking.

But no! The Reverend saved me from being a bigot hurting people’s religious sentiments like that. He spoke against consumerism and impressed on us all that this period is not about gluttony, greed or individualism.

Whether I had a serious intention of making such a bigoted and hurtful post against my Christian friends is unknown as I get a number of ideas for blog posts and the majority of them never materialise. Perhaps the idea would have been lost to brain dust without the words of the Reverend. God knows best. But I needed to hear that Reverend say what he said.

So let’s say it together: Christmas and Ramadan are not about gluttony, greed, excess or consumerist culture. They are not about gluttony. They are real religious events for real religious people. They will continue to be so despite the efforts to commercialise them.

David Wood’s comments on Ramadan are included in this video which I made a few months ago:



Categories: Islam

7 replies

  1. In Islam, gluttony and excess are never encouraged nor preferred as they are considered to be hindrances in the spiritual development of a person. Some people do go to excesses during holidays, how many times have we seen Christians who ate too much turkey on Christmas day and pass out afterwards. And how many articles have been written on, “how to lose the holiday weight gain.” In the same way, there are Muslims that find it hard to resist the holiday foods and treats and over indulge as well. However, this clearly goes against the teachings of the Prophet, who called for moderation in all things, including eating.

    `Umar Ibn ul-Khattab said: “Whoever eats a lot finds no pleasure in the remembrance of Allah.”

    Like the Christian preacher at the Church speaking against consumerism, and Materialism, many Imams also lecture regularly against gluttony and excess. Those who eat too much during Ramadan, ignore the true purpose of fasting and dull the spiritual experience. By eating just enough, or even less than usual, the spiritual experience of Ramadan is heightened and the rewarding full benefits are received.

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    • Alcohol, Drug abuse and chronic heart disease are the biggest killers in the world by orders of magnitude world wide. It happens to be A pandemic in the west.

      The irony is that Christmas is a a celebration of that excess

      As usual Allah will expose the hypocrites, the more they lie the more he will disgrace them.

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  2. You’re an honest man!
    BTW according to Halacha (Jewish Law) one is prohibited from entering a Christian church even in times of danger for it is a house of idol worship. What is the Islamic take on this?

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    • It depends on the school of law that you follow and other factors such as whether the church has images and idols or not, your purpose for entering, …etc.

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  3. Indeed, overeating is bad for your health.

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