In our attempt to assimilate we're subconsciously diluting Islam for future generations. The generations that YOU'RE responsible for.
Maybe the rule of thumb is:
If the tradition we're creating in our homes is somehow tied to another religion, its risky.
Best to avoid since it would be part of a legacy we leave behind but no longer have control over the rationale.
Take a look at your children. Now imagine you've long passed away.
Imagine the next generation. What careers will they have? What lifestyle will they lead? Will they be worshippers of Allah?
What we do today WILL have an impact on the legacy we leave behind. Our values are all that will be left behind.
We appreciate the struggle our parents endured just to give us a better life. We're seeking opportunities to grow in our careers and build financial security for the next generation.
BUT, while we're on this path. Let's not lose our identity- our faith. The purpose of our being. The very thing we'll be questioned about in the grave.
The trend of Christmas trees in Muslim homes is alarming.
As Muslims, its our duty to be good to our neighbors, the community we live in. We respect everyone's culture and religious occasions. We even gift them during the holiday season to spread joy.
The intention of having a tree may be innocent and "for fun" but you will not be around to explain this to the next generation. Your children's children will only believe that, we too, celebrate Christmas.
How do we then stop them from not engaging in other holidays like Easter? You won't be there to explain.
I had to remind my daughter last week that we don't celebrate Xmas "But remember Eid? Where you got tons of presents and we had decorations and fun activities with family? That's our holiday. Its coming soon"
We all want joy this holiday season. Especially this year. But is a tree giving us any real happiness? The kids get over the excitement of the lights so quick.
Instead, we could've bought fun activities, board games, string lights (to drown out the gloomy weather), & over indulge in chocolates maybe. Anything really that brings family joy.
May Allah (swt) give us the strength to raise children that become leaders of the righteous.
If I offended anyone, I apologize. We're all ultimately learning and relearning to reach one goal: Jannah
P.s- For converts, this topic is different
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