The Lie of Santa Claus
Al-hamdulillah, All praise be to Allah alone, for making us Muslims and bestowing us the Deen of Islam to distinguish right and wrong. The holiday season is upon us again, and the ugly head of Satan is rising again to inspire people to indulge in innovation and shirk.
Christians Lying About Santa Claus
Sheikh Yusuf Estes deals out a few home truths about Christians, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Bible. As Yusuf Estes mentioned the bigger lie is that of associating partners with God.
The word ‘Christmas’ is not even present in the entire Bible. The Bible has closed lips on the entire feast of Christmas with one exception, the decoration of tree. Fortunately, for the Christians, the Bible does has a word or two to say on the decoration of the Christmas tree, but unfortunately for them, their own Bible criticizes the use of decorating tree
“The customs of the people are worthless, they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel, they adore it with silver and gold, they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter” [Jeremiah 10:3,4]
Pre-Christian pagans superstitiously believed that the evergreen tree has special power of protection. In fact, the use of Christmas tree began in the 17th century, in Strasbourg, France and from there it spread to Germany, Britain and then to the U.S. “Tree worship was a common feature of religion among the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe before their conversion to Christianity. German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom to the American colonies in the 17th century. By the 19th century its use was quite widespread.” [Compton’s Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition]
Neither the date 25th December nor any other date on Jesus’ birth is mentioned in the Bible. Not until the year 530 C.E., that a monk, Dionysus Exigus, fixed the date of the birth of Jesus on December 25th. “He wrongly dated the birth of Christ according to the Roman system (i.e., 754 years after the founding of Rome) as December 25, 753.” [Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 ed.] This date was chosen perhaps in keeping with the holidays already indoctrinated into pagans.
Roman pagans celebrated December 25th as the birth of their ‘god’ of light, Mithra. “In the 2nd century A.D., it (Mithraism) was more general in the Roman Empire than Christianity, to which it bore many similarities.” [The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, 1995 ed.]
“The reason why Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25 remains uncertain, but most probably the reason is that early Christians wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the “birthday of the unconquered sun” (Natalis Solis Invicti); this festival celebrated the winter solstice, when the days again begin to lengthen and the sun begins to climb higher in the sky.” [Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 Ed.]
What about Santa Claus?
Once again the word ‘Santa Claus’ appears nowhere in the bible. However Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was a real person, bishop, who was born 300 years after Jesus (Peace be upon him). According to legend he was extremely kind and went out at night to distribute presents to the needy. After his death on the 6th of Dec., school boys in Europe celebrated a feast day every year on the anniversary of his death. Queen Victoria later changed the celebration date from December 6th to December 24th eve.
Thus Christmas is an innovation (Bid’ah) in their religion, associating it with Santa Claus, and changing the original date of death anniversary of Saint Nicholas are further deviations.
Christians, I know it is the Christmas period but please offer yourself the BEST present you can offer yourself – the present of Islam.
One of the greatest errors is for people to act according to their own logic, or to the value judgments widespread in their society, which often is far from truth, and not to the logic prescribed by God. In other words, they approve of, ignore, or implement, comfortably and without thinking, the very behavior of which God disapproves and thus will punish in the Hereafter. Lying is the most prominent behavior of this type. Even though most people know that lying is a bad moral characteristic, some people merely pay lip service to this knowledge because so many people have turned this serious character defect into a habit.
Allah points out this fact in the following verses of the Quran:
“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie.” [Surah al-Anam, 6:116]
“And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth [i.e. Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah’s Messenger and his qualities are written in your Scriptures, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth).” [Surah al-Baqarah, 2:42]
“Say: “Verily, those who invent lie against Allah will never be successful”” [Surah Yunus, 10:69]
“It is only those who believe not in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are liars.” [Surah an-Nahl, 16:105]
“And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”” [Surah al-‘Isra, 17:81]
Truth comes, falsehood disappears; Islam came, now shirk must clear.
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