Why not use the same concept for Christmas also? Living in the West (and even if you don’t nowadays) the pressure to celebrate or mark Christmas with the usual tree and gifts is very strong. So why not celebrate… but in more of an Islamic way, as opposed to the Christmas tree and baubles and things very much associated with another religion?
I came across this article called The Little Known Story of the Islamic Christmas Tree which I thought was so interesting, suggesting that an Islamic tree would actually be much closer to a true marking of the birth of Jesus (no matter what date!) than the actual Christmas tree.
It says: “According to the Quran the tree is a date palm, which has both Mary and baby Jesus resting beneath it. The tree has ripe dates as it is bearing fruit at the time of Jesus’ birth. It also features spring water towards its base, which (in the story) miraculously appears for Mary to drink from.”
A date palm Eid tree was actually the original idea – but until we can get one, why not try the alternative (as suggested in the blog posts cited above)?
Happy celebrating Prophet Isa’s birthday 🙂
We are marking the Prophet’s birthday with our school, Inshallah! As we had done the Ramadan Activity day not so long ago, we decided to spread the joy in another way 🙂
The timing of Christmas was perfect, and so we decided to do a double celebration of the birthday of Prophet Isa as well…
With our Kidzz cardzz, we added a a hadith from the Prophet (you can download and use what we did here), added some sweets (the healthy kind!), some ribbon to make it festive and voila!
The children are looking forward to giving them out tomorrow, Inshallah!