Originally Published in The Telegraph
As an Ahmadi Muslim, I revere and love Jesus just as my Christian brothers and sisters do. This is because the Quran states, “Oh Mary, God gives thee glad tidings of a word from him; his name shall be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, honored in this world and in the next and of those who are granted nearness to God. (3:46).
To express my Christmas spirit, I follow the compassionate example of Jesus which is reaffirmed by the Quran when it states, “….do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is stranger, the companion by your side.”
Christians and Muslims alike interpret their scriptures differently, but there is no denying that the messages found within are the same. We must find a common ground to work towards a common good, which can very well be our mutual love for Christ. And so, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!