Fringe Benefits – Part 7 – Celebrate different holidays December 17, 2014
I was in a nostalgic mood this morning so I put on some Christmas music and warmed some cinnamon on the stove. I haven’t celebrated Christmas or any other traditional American holiday for more than 14 years. Most Muslims know that celebrating any holiday outside of Eid is forbidden although many do it anyway. When I apostated I had to decide what I would do about the holiday issue.
After some research I decided that I would celebrate Christmas and other holidays if I wanted and that there was no real harm. I came to this decision because the history of Christmas started out as a pagan ritual and had nothing to do with Christ until Christians co-opted the holiday and made it about Christ’s mass. Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not originally “the reason for the season”. Christmas started out as celebration of the winter harvest and change of seasons which was a time of decorating trees, gift giving, community, wreath hanging, and food. There may also be some superstition about the wreath preventing demons from coming into one’s house(soot/coal in the stocking), I don’t remember. (more…)
I thought the devils were chained away this month… July 21, 2014
I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. The article states that the Muslims there tried to mete out shariah punishment for a man that was suspected of stealing. The imam tried to whack off his hand because it makes Allah happy to cut off limbs in his name. Maybe if you cut off body parts in Ramadan you get extra rewards in Jannah(sarcasm).
Jannah is boring February 8, 2014
The world can be an exciting place that can be a struggle for the Muslim to resist in an attempt to receive some fictitious reward in Jannah. I remember reading the Quran and hadith about Jannah and more than once the thought would jump in my head about how Jannah sounded so dull and boring. Being a woman all I had to look forward to was laying around for eternity waiting for my husband to come have sex with me. No television? No art shows? No roller skating? No swimming? No dancing?
No, just lie around and drink liquor out of gold cups and wait for the stallion to show up after porking his hur-al-ayn.
I would try to silence the thoughts with the standard “whispers of shaytaan” explanation but damn, Jannah sounded like one huge infinite snoozefest.
I’m glad I shook that belief system off and am back into the world with all its vitality and all it has to offer.