Christmas, Santa Claus and Islam - Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick
Children are taught that Santa Claus is the person who performs miracles and wonders every Christmas Eve. He is able to create and deliver virtually any present any child can imagine. He can fly through the sky and deliver these gifts to millions of children all over the world - all during one night. And not just any old presents but exactly the ones desired by each individual child. To accomplish this mission, he must have the ability to be present almost everywhere at once. Theologians call this the power of omnipresence - an attribute of God. But Santa Claus is not just omnipresent; he is also all-seeing and all-knowing. He has the divine power of omniscience, and this not only on Christmas Eve but all through the year. Listen to the songs of Santa Claus that every Christian knows by heart:
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you're been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
In addition, children are taught that Santa Claus is all-good and all-just; He rewards the good children and leaves the bad ones empty handed. Perfect goodness and justice are also attributes of God. In other words, Santa is not just a saint but a real god who performs miracles by his own powers. It has been said that children from 2 to 8 - the Santa Claus years - cannot grasp the concept of the True God; they can only relate to a material being. Santa is such a god-in-the-flesh - a deity tailor-made for children. If one attempts to explain the facts about Santa Claus, someone may say �We can�t take Santa Claus away from children.� Others may say �As long as it makes children happy, what difference does it make?� Is belief in Santa Claus harmful to children? Yes, because you are predisposing children to the irrational belief system.
The belief in Christmas, Easter and Santa Claus indicates the general liberal Christian mind that can accept pagan concepts to justify promoting Christianity. On the other hand, Islam is a rigorous monotheistic religion that forbids any association with God. It requires constant relationship with God: frequent daily proclamation of the Oneness of God, five times daily prayers at specified times, fasting one month every year from sunrise to sunset, mandatory charity to the poor from every Muslim who has at the end of the year in his or her possession certain minimum prescribed assets, and pilgrimage to Mecca if one have the financial means to do so. This is what one expects from a religion that maintains the central role of God in the human life.