I am a Muslim and I am of the West. When Haitham al-Haddad talks of ‘Muslims’ and ‘Western lifestyles’ as opposites he is not talking to me. I do not feel threatened in any way by Christmas. I should apologise for not introducing myself properly to readers of this blog, a little bit about me will follow soon.
Al-Haddad is not interested in interfaith dialogue. Why? Well the reason given is just plain ridiculous. Argh…..
See, this is one of the biggest problems of the Muslim ummah now, the Muslim ummah in the West in particular. When we talk about our identity as Muslims, we feel that we as Muslims have been stripping out our identity slowly, slowly. And we don’t realise that we are losing our identity, slowly, slowly, tayeb. By the grace of Allah (jalla wa ‘ala) Islam is on the rise now but still there are many elements of our identity as Muslims that have been lost through ignorance of many Muslims and through heavy involvement in the Western lifestyle. Christmas is one of those elements that are pushing Muslims, or pushing the second generation, the third generation of Muslims to lose their identity, slowly, slowly.
First of all my dearest respected brothers and sisters we all know that we as Muslims believe in all prophets, ‘Amanar-rasulu bima unzila ilayhi wal-muminun Kullun amana billahi wa mala ikatihi wa kutubihi wa rusulih La nufarriqu bayna ahadin min rusulih Wa qalu sami’na wa a-ta’na.’ All of us, we believe in all prophets. In fact, not only that, if we don’t believe in all prophets we have left the fold of al-Islam. If there’s a Muslim who says ‘I believe in Muhammad but I don’t believe in Isa’ then we say to him you have to believe in Isa otherwise you will be considered out of the fold of al-Islam. No other religion [is] like al-Islam. All the religions don’t believe in some prophets and all the religions don’t believe in Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as a prophet. That’s why when they talk about interfaith dialogue, we say to them one question, we believe in your prophets, you have to believe in our prophets to start with and then we can have interfaith. But if you don’t believe that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) the best of mankind is a prophet, then what is the basis for this dialogue? There is no basis for the dialogue.