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For Muslims, saying “Merry Christmas” has been a particular sticking point for a long time. Every year at December, a dread falls over the western ummah. The Xmas Police are out in force, and the sincerely devout left confused and exasperated. Of course, for many such a mundane issue will sound absurd, and from the outside it certainly is. As time has gone by, for most Muslims this has become a non-issue. But misappropriating certain hadiths, along with interpreting proscriptions made by medieval scholars in a particular way has led to a lack of clarity.
My intent here is to unpick the contentions and conflations whilst analysing variant reasonings people employ. Like with most masa’il, I think it’s a good case study to analyse religious reasoning (the main reason I’ve written this). And as usual, I speak in the context of the UK, although I suspect this post will be relevant to most western believers.