I know that under Sharia non-Muslims are allowed to worship and celebrate their religious holidays in peace (although there are some stipulations that I’m not going to go into), and that Christians were unjustly oppressed under Saddam. At the same time Iraq is not, has not, and won’t be under proper and fair Sharia anytime soon. It’s been hundreds of years since that existed. However this article below, and especially the quote I highlighted, is somewhat bothering. It discusses how Baghdad has celebrated its first public Christmas. Although I obviously don’t agree with the celebration and major shirk associated with it myself, I do believe that Islamically the Christians have the right to peacefully enjoy Christmas amongst themselves even in a predominantly Muslim country.
At the same time, this brought questions to my mind about the true intentions of the “liberation” of Iraq over the past few years and the continuation of the massive problems being caused by these new “freedoms”. Honeslty, the first thing I thought about after reading the article was the ayat from Surah Baqarah which states:
And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say, “Surely Allah’s guidance, that is the (true) guidance”. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper (2:120).
I’m not surprised in the least bit to see the results of evangelical, right wing, Christians sending troops into a Muslim country being Santa and his helpers standing under palm trees at Baghdad’s first public Christmas festival, large poster of Jesus (as) being hung, and Iraqi children dressing like Santa’s elves for the Christmas party. Yea those little ‘elves’ were probably from Christian families to begin with, but who knows what will happen in 5, 10, or 20 years to the Muslim children and whether they will be riding with Rudolph The Red–Nosed Reindeer soon themselves.
“Even before I can ask Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf a question, he greets me with a big smile. “All Iraqis are Christian today!” he says”