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Azhar University professor encourages Muslims to celebrate the spirit of Christmas

SHAFAQNA - A professor of Comparative Fiqh at Al-Azhar University, Saad al-Helaly, encouraged the universal celebration of Christmas, saying Muslims can celebrate the festivity without following its religious elements, encouraging a sense of…

Little Santas flock onto Aleppo streets at Christmas, 1 year after liberation

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of children dressed in red-and-white Santa Claus costumes danced around a fir tree as Christians in Syria’s Aleppo celebrated Christmas, a scene unimaginable a year ago under Islamist occupation. Two-thirds of Aleppo’s…

In the age of Trump, a Muslim’s Christmas Message

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SHAFAQNA - Not long ago, President Trump retweeted anti-Islam propaganda videos from a far right British hate group - Britain First - to millions of his followers. The videos were meant to promote fear of Muslims around the world. One particular…

Reading the Quran in Christmas Led Me to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- I grew up in the rural South USA as a Christian in the Baptist denomination.   As a freshman in college, I became a member of the Church of Christ as a result of a Bible study group in the dormitory led by a resident…

America: Muslims help with church's homeless over Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - When a group of Oak Lawn Christians mentioned they needed a hand, a group of Bridgeview Muslims offered theirs. With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, Steve Hoerger, pastor of Salem United Church of Christ, had a dilemma. Like…

Everyone Thinks Muslims Shouldn’t Celebrate Christmas

SHAFAQNA - I’m doing it anyway. By Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer  This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on Facebook. This…

How did Victorian Muslims celebrate Christmas?

SHAFAQNA - At 6am on December 25, 1888, the winter sun was yet to rise over the English city of Liverpool. A Victorian terrace house was feverish with activity. The soft glow of candlelight emanating from 8 Brougham Terrace revealed men…

1 in 5 Brits Don't Know Christmas Is Celebration of Jesus' Birth: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - A recently released survey has found that about 20 percent of Britons do not know that Christmas Day is a celebration of Jesus' birth. The History Channel and Onepoll.com surveyed 2,000 British adults and found that one in five…

Calgary Muslim Group Clears Snow, Spreads Christmas Cheer

SHAFAQNA- "Oh my goodness, I was emotional," Russell told CBC News. "They are just so humble and kind." Members of the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary hit the streets every Christmas to shovel sidewalks and driveways and handout…

Islamic organisation sends Christmas message to Churches in UK

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SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH WILAYAH - A UK-based Muslim organisation has produced Christmas cards and delivered a message to the Church wishing them a happy festive season. The letter which was published by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission…

How Egyptian Muslims celebrate the birth of Jesus

SHAFAQNA - Streets decorated with lights, trees with garlands and ornaments in most malls and city centres, people taking pictures with the tree while Christmas songs play in the background—this is the Christmas spirit in Egypt. Despite…

Iraq's Muslims celebrate Christmas in solidarity with Christians

SHAFAQNA - A tall, glittering tree erected outside a shopping centre in Baghdad could be considered an incongruous display of Christmas festivity in mainly-Muslim Iraq. But the 7-metre-high tree at Sama Mall in the south east of the capital,…

Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Al-Modarressi 's Christmas message

SHAFAQNA - Watch | #Christmas message from a Muslim! #MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/hewnqthnRB — Sayed M. Modarresi (@SayedModarresi) December 25, 2016 Watch | #Christmas message from a Muslim! #MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/hewnqthnRB —…

Nativity scenes in Lebanon show harmony between Christians and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation…

His eminence Sayyed Fadlallah (ra) on how we can celebrate the occasion of Christmas:

SHAFAQNA - "Dear loved ones, I want to say to all our brothers that it is not wrong to celebrate the birth of Christ. On the contrary, we encourage you to do so, for he is one of Allah's Messengers, but we have to observe our traditions in…

Muslims in London Donate Food in Charity Drive for Homeless at Christmas

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SHAFAQNA- The charity drive, organized by Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, saw hundreds of congregants arrive to Friday prayers bringing food donations The food will be given to homeless charity Crisis, with more than…

London Muslims donate 10 tonnes of food for homeless at Christmas

SHAFAQNA - Muslims have donated 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless across London at Christmas, religious and charity leaders said. Hundreds of Muslims flocked to the East London Mosque on Friday in a drive to feed London's homeless during…

Muslims in Italy are celebrating Christmas - Here's why

SHAFAQNA - ITALY’S MUSLIM REFUGEES ARE JOINING IN ON CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES TO ASSIMILATE INTO THE CULTURE. In a country where 95 percent of the population is Catholic, any other religious group is clearly a minority. However, the population…

Muslim restaurant offers free Christmas meal

SHAFAQNA - The London restaurant’s offer started with a simple note, handwritten on a sheet of white paper. “No one eats alone on a Christmas Day!” it read, with the exclamation point modified so that it included a heart. “We are…

Muslims forced to leave Christmas market in German town

SHAFAQNA - It’s a popular tourist destination and hundreds flock to it at this time of year for its famed Christmas market. But locals in the town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine in Germany have been criticised after they allegedly ordered…

A very Syrian Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - If Syria continues to be at war  - a war which has claimed too many of its sons and daughters not to remain an open scar on the region, Syrians as a whole have remained hopeful, united in their prayer that peace will soon heal their…

What American Muslims Do On Christmas: New Traditions Emerge

SHAFAQNA - For many American Jews, Christmas Day means Chinese food and movies. But how do American Muslims spend their time on Christmas? Jesus is also revered as a prophet in Islam. "Muslims and Christians believe that Jesus is the only…

Muslims ‘spread joy’ on Christmas Eve in Canada

SHAFAQNA - A multi-faith, multicultural gathering in Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday was meant to show that, despite hate crimes against Muslims, the best way to respond was with love. For Farheen Khan, Christmas Eve this year was about…

Christmas in Damascus

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SHAFAQNA - Syria has endured another year of devastating civil war and strife. However, thousands of civilians in Damascus have been trying to live as normal a life as possible, celebrating Christmas and giving them some respite from the chaos. Things…

Nigerian Muslims preach unity, understanding at Xmas

SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian Muslims, yesterday, called for more understanding, unity and love among Muslims and Christian faithful in Nigeria to move the nation and humanity forward. In a Christmas massage by the President-General of the Nigerian…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: My Very Muslim Christmas

SHAFAQNA - 'The campaign against Muslim Americans spits in the face of everything Christmas stands for' Although I am Muslim, I have a deep affection and respect for Christmas. Affection because I was raised Catholic and the holiday season…

A Most Unique Christmas in 2015

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Christmas time every year is always slightly different: the weather is different, the cultural context is different, and even the political climate is different.…

Oxford Faith Leaders to Mark Both Christmas, Holy Prophet's (PBUH) Birthday

SHAFAQNA- Oxford faith leaders plan special service as Christmas Eve coincides with Muslim Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) birthday. Faith leaders are to host a joint ceremony on December 24 to mark the "happy coincidence" of Christmas Eve…