Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Light Shone Through Jesus

Every day is a good day to remember Jesus, son of Mary (peace and blessings upon them both).

Jesus came into a dark world and brought light.  He was a kind of window to seeing clearly.  Through that window people became in touch with the reality of the world.  They came to believe in his words that there was One True God worthy of worship. 

Over time, people forgot that the window was a way out of the darkness.  They began to focus their energies on the window itself.  They dressed it up with fancy drapes.  They blocked out the light.  They began to admire the golden embroidery on the heavy fabrics; forgetting that the utilitarian window behind it was simple and plain.  They forgot to open the window to let in the fresh, clean air.

None of that changed who Jesus was.  He was a Prophet who brought the message of God's Merciful Love.  He reminded us to forgive and love one another.  His example of praying to Our Creator was what we were told to follow.  Never once did he ask to be worshipped.

Muslims remember Jesus (peace be upon him) as one of the best of men the world has ever known.  We acknowledge that his mother Mary (peace be upon her) was among the best of all women.  We take joy in his virgin birth.  We marvel at his miracles which God granted.  We feel sadness that he was not believed by all and was treated badly, as were so many of the prophets (peace be upon them all).  We believe that he is not dead and that we will see him again, God willing, if we are admitted to Paradise.

Muslims respect Jesus.  We do not allow for any depictions of him.  There are no statues in our religion.  We do not bow down to stone or wood.  We do not kiss pictures of a man.  We also do not make jokes about him.  We do not use him in advertising.  We do not curse using his name.  There are no movies we make hiring an actor to play him.  There was only one Jesus, son of Mary and we honor him---often times above the level of his worshippers.

We do not worship Jesus.  We do not pray to Jesus.  We do not pray to anyone but God; or in Arabic Allah.  We do not place Muhammad (peace be upon him) above Jesus.  They are to be side-by-side on the Day of Judgement and remain in our minds as equals.

On this day, when so many are thinking about Christmas, I want to remember Jesus, son of Mary (peace and blessings upon them both).


Neeberz said...

This was a really good post, and a great reminder, Alhumduilillah! :)

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom Neeberz,

I'm really glad you took the time to write your comment. Often, I write and wonder how it's been received. Until somebody writeas a comment, I really have no idea.

Alhumdulillah, when reverts come to Islam we don't have to stop loving Jesus (peace be upon him).

Keep reading and commenting!

Love and Light :)

MarieHarmony said...

Thank you so much for an enlightening post Yosra. Many people do not know Jesus (PBUH) is also a prophet in Islam.
I like the way you presented him. I think as Christians we often tend to forget Jesus (PBUH)came as the Light in a dark world and he is more than the statues we have in our church or the images we keep in our wallets. I never really understood this aspect of the religion, as the ancient scriptures always remind us not to make any representation of the Prophets, Saints,..... but this is another story.
Take care.

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom Marie,

The adjective "enlightening" was put to great :) I loved seeing that!

I'm glad you see what I was getting at. The Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is actually diminished when we think of his face and his body. His spirit was so much greater. We all need to focus on spirit more, right?

I love your spirit! Thanks, as always, for being a kindred spirit :)