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Muslims love Jesus. So why does everyone think we hate Christmas?

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24.12.2018

It’s Christmas time and so it hasn’t taken long for a national newspaper to run a feature implying British Muslims are poorly integrated for “refusing to celebrate a Christian holiday”. The irony of this pernicious Islamophobia, feebly hiding behind the banner of defending the Judeo-Christian values of our country, is that it is bereft of any meaningful understanding of Islam.

You see, the thing is, Muslims love Jesus.

In fact, the Prophet Muhammad said, “The dearest person to me in friendship and in love, in this world and the next is Jesus, the son of Mary.”

It may come as a surprise to many to learn that Jesus is mentioned in the Qur’an over 100 times, while the Prophet Muhammad, by contrast, is mentioned just five times. Described as the best woman ever to have set foot on earth, there is a whole chapter in the Qur’an named “Mary” and she is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Book.

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It’s not just that Muslims love Jesus – we believe him to be one of the greatest messengers of God. We believe in his miraculous birth. We believe that God........

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