Christmas Under Islam

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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More telling, however, are the attacks that specifically targeted or revolved around Christmas:

December 25, 2011 was “Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever”: in a number of coordinated jihadi attacks, several church were bombed, killing over 40 people, “the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.” As expected, the New York Times all but apologized for the terrorists.

Christmas Eve in Uganda saw Muslims throw acid on a church leader, leaving him with severe burns, blinding one eye and threatening sight in the other.  The pastor was on his way to a church party when a man pretending to be a Christian approached him from behind, yelling, “Pastor, pastor.” When he turned, the Muslim threw acid in his face while others poured it on his back, all running away while screaming Islam’s victory cry, “Allahu Akbar!”

In Muslim-majority Tajikistan, “a young man dressed as Father Frost—the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas—was stabbed to death” while visiting relatives and bringing gifts.  Considering that the crowd beating and stabbing him were shouting “you infidel!” police cited “religious hatred” as motivation.

These are among the more violent and illegal attacks on Christians around Christmas time, undertaken by Muslim mobs and terrorists.  In their own way, however, Muslim governments—many deemed “friends” of America—also make Christmas a very “un-merry” time for celebrants.

For example, if “vandals” in Indonesia decapitated the statue of the Virgin Mary in a small grotto days before Christmas, Indonesian officials have been shutting down churches; one “embattled church” fighting for survival was forced to move its Christmas prayers to a member’s house.

This pattern of treating Christian minorities as dhimmis—Sharia’s legal term for non-Muslims under Islam forced to live as despised, second-class citizens—is business as usual in the Muslim world.  Some more Christmas-related examples follow:

Malaysia:  Parish priests and church youth leaders had to get “caroling permits”—requiring them to submit their full names and ID numbers at police stations, an eerie practice for any non-Muslim under Islam—simply to “visit their fellow church members and belt out ‘Joy to the World,’ [or] ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’”

Iran: While celebrating Christmas, a church was raided by State Security. All those present, including Sunday school children, were arrested and interrogated. Hundreds of Christian books were seized. The detained Christians suffered “considerable verbal abuses.”

Pakistan: Intelligence reports warned of threats of terrorist attacks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christians also lamented that “extreme power outages have become routine during Christmas and Easter seasons.”

In closing, if people in the West think Christmas is a time of “peace on earth, good will toward man”—to the point of compromising this Christian holiday to appease their “fellow [Muslim] man”—they should know that, increasingly, it is neither a time of “peace” nor “goodwill” for Christians under Islam.

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  • matt

    Yes islam the "religion of peace". wake up people

  • findalis

    Just think of this. If Barack Hussein Obama receives a second-term every reference to Christ and Christianity will be forbidden within the US. Non-Muslims will be forced to convert or become Dhimmis, and the violence you see in the world towards Christians will be government policy.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    FORTUNATELY, Muslims who can't handle Christmas displays have taken the heat off of JEWS who can't handle Christmas displays. In other news, people who celebrate Christmas still have to tolerate a group of Semites who won't let them enjoy their holiday in peace.

    • Ghostwriter

      Still attacking Jews,aren't you,Flipside? "Mein Kampf" must be your favorite book,given all the venomous things it says about Jews. Is it any wonder that you're called a Jew hater,Flipside?

    • Boston

      I'm Jewish and I'm fine with Christmas displays. I enjoy seeing the houses all lit up with Christmas lights while I go to a menorah lighting. Freedom of religon is one of the high points of living in this country. And the freedom of stupidity that you espouse is definitely one of the low points of living here. So why don't you go to Iran or Iraq wearing a cross and see what happens to you.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Oh, you’re overhearing the point. I like menorahs too. Who doesn’t like candelabras? Even Liberace had one.

    • RoguePatriot6

      Flibpside, the difference is, if Jews are offended by Christmas nativity scenes, they won't blow it up or kill the family who created it. I honestly wish that people like you could live in Saudi Arabia. I would challenge you to talk the same noise that you do here in the land of the free.

  • tagalog

    Some preacher actually read from the Qur'an in church during a Christmas service? Wow. In an earlier time, that might have gotten him burned at the stake.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Flipside and other Christians

    might like to know that

    Jesus was a "very orthodox" Jew and a Master Kabbalist in Healing.

    John the Baptist was also a "very orthodox" Jew and a Master Kabbalist in Mikveh or Baptism.