By: Fareed Ahmad
With the beautiful golden Christmas baubles and the oh-so-cute snowy Christmas trees, it is absolutely understandable to be attracted to all the glitz and shine of Christmas (and as a side note, it does make it worse not to be tempted and dragged into the excitement with all those gorgeous sale deals), but is it okay for Muslims to be a part of the festivities or is it a matter of religious do’s and don’t’s?
Meet Mr. Dexter who was part of the Baptist Church but after very deep contemplation about life and what he had been taught growing up as a child and wondering about “who do you pray to” Jesus, Holy Ghost or God. He then decided after meeting a Muslim and being so impressed with the Muslims kindness, character and humility that he would look into ISLAM. After looking into Islam he loved the clear and simple concept of only Worshiping the Creator alone and not any of His creations and it’s simple message of how to attain peace and purpose in life. He also loved that Islam was fact based and provided so much authentic evidence to prove that it was the truth.
My name is Katerina Caristan and I am Muslim. I have lived in USA for the past 19 years.
I was born in in Czech Republic, country that was under communist regime. Religion was never something to be talked about and if you were religious you were “different”. My parents and my older sister are Catholics. I was never baptized. I loved visiting the churches, not for the message but simply for the atmosphere you felt once inside. The coldness of the stone walls, and the smell of the potpourri.
By: Lilufa Uddin
Modesty is something many of us appreciate and aspire to, regardless of our religious and/or social backgrounds. It is often thought highly as a human attribute as well as activity. Those who show modesty are praised and looked up to. Unfortunately for some people, modesty is not inclusive in their vocabulary or lifestyle.