Seasonal admiration


Originally published in New Jersey Local News


Christmastime is here — a time when Christians come together, exchange gifts and spread joy.

People from all walks of life participate in this event, if not by the ideology then just by having some good old fun such as, for example, playing Secret Santa with co-workers.

Similarly, as a Muslim-American, I think about Jesus more than usual around this time of year.

Why? The answer lies in the Quran: “When the angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah gives thee glad tidings of a son through 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).’ ”

So although I don’t celebrate Christmas, I do have someone to admire on the day — Jesus.

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