Friday, December 24, 2004


Merry Christmas & happy new year to everybody. Let me say in Arabic (Ayamkum Sa’eida) which means (wishing you happy days).

Till I finished my 9th grade at school, I didn't know what it is meant exactly by Christmas. As an Islamic community, people here don't know much about such occasions.

Still, one of the basic tenets in Islam is to believe in Jesus the Christ as a prophet. Moreover, a Muslim should believe in all prophets before Mohammed of Islam. This includes Moses and his Pentateuch (The Torah) in its main version, Abraham who is considered in Islam as the father of all prophets, Noah, and up to Adam & Eve.

Islam does not consider Jesus (Issa in Arabic) as the son of God. He is God's miracle. According to Koran, Mary the Virgin is his only human parent. And to prove this miracle, Jesus was able to talk from the very first moment of birth.

The story of Koran, about his birth, says that Mary felt she would be ashamed and disgraced by having a baby without marriage. So she abandoned her people to the desert giving birth to Jesus near a palm tree. She was puzzled about the whole matter wishing that she had not been born. At this moment the baby spoke to her saying "Don't worry mom, shake the palm tree, dates will fall down so you can eat and look there, water is welling for you to drink".

The story says in another part that the baby told her to tell her people, by signs, that she had made a vow to God not to speak for three days according to a rite or liturgy in Judaism. So she followed the instructions and when her people saw the baby in her hands, they accused her as a sinner asking for an explanation. She referred them to the baby. They replied "How can a new born baby answer us?"

People gathered at the Temple of Jerusalem to see the sinner. At this point the baby spoke to the people saying "I am the slave of God. He ordered me to praise Him and to pray to Him. God ordered me to show piety to my mother".

In some other part of Koran there are words said by Jesus as a good omen of another prophet will follow him. This prophet's name is Mohammed (the prophet of Islam).

Koran says that Jesus was not killed, but a duplicated person of his image was crucified.

Anyhow, Islam is another ethical ideology presented as a religion. It shares the many good values and principles with other religions in the world.

For the second year Iraqi Christians can not celebrate Mass in peaceful surroundings because of violence and threats.

One last word, don't look at the Islamic radicals or fundamentalists to create a perspective about Islam.

Finally, I wish you all merry Christmas, happy New Year and prosperous life.


Blogger Cindy said...

And a Very Merry Christmas to you IBN.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this...I didn't know the Quran spoke of these "Christian" things!!

Are you familiar with Very interesting post re: Christmas in Iraq. It's obvious there's not nearly as much division between different "groups" as some would have us believe.

And thank you for the Christmas wishes....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all those you love.


3:35 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Two Rivers, we understand that Wahhabis don't speak for Sunnis but some times misguided Sunnis speak for Wahhabis. We also understand that there are different beliefs than just Shia, Sunni, and Wahhabi. Having said that, there has to be a way to separate those who would do wrong from those who are men and women of peace. Terrorists from true believers. May the peace of the season be with you.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes to you, Ibn and thank you for this great post. I don't think very many Christians know this.

Reflections in d minor

4:59 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

These blogs are great. It's so nice to see Arabs and Muslims and Westerners of whatever persuasion learning about each other and finding out that our differences are in the tiny details, not in the fundamentals.

I would love to hear more of the content of the Koran that is also in the Christian tradition. I'm sure the details are different, but the fact that the same characters and events are described in both holy books is something that many people who were formerly not aware are now beginning to learn.

Thank you Ibn Alrafidain. May tomorrow (Christmas) at least be peaceful for you, even if you don't personnaly celebrate the occasion.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Merry Christmas!

I've added your link to my Web site: Iraq Files
(located at I hope you'll take a look at Iraq Files and consider adding it to your link section as well.

Iraq Files offers news, opinion and personal accounts of the reconstruction of Iraq. We update our news links throughout the day to provide the latest information to our readers.

Thank you for all that you do.


7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas you,
Thank you for your very interesting posts.I am sorry about the anonymous, i don't yet have a password, but i read many blogs. I appriciate the opportunity to read and learn so many things that one would never just happen across in our MSM, no matter if it is Arab, or American or European, the MSM doesn't want us to "get to know each other". I would like to know more about the Eid celebration, is it still going on, and Happy Eid to you even if it is late. Pleas contiune to post your thoughts and feelings, and most of all, stay safe and enCOURAGE

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very nice discussion!

IBN, with thoughtful people like you in Iraq, I feel confident of your country's future.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings, Ibn

Again, wishing for your continued safety and good health. I hear all the bad news, and none of any good news.

Here is what <local Iraq reaction was reported by the media, if it is true and the majority feels this way, it makes me so angry, does this ring true to you? If so, it makes me even more angry than you can imagine.

If not is it just more main stream media shading and shaping the information from your country.

I understand that AP and others are anti-Bush, but if this is just selecvtive interviews, and not what everyone (Iraqis') actually think and believe, I would feel better and not so angry.

War is not fair to anyone involved. but you should know and others should know that media bias (shading, shaping or selecting bad news rather than good news) is a powerful weapon, and sometimes has more impact than what actually happened.

Give us media coverage, but give us coverage without the shading and shaping. It is unfortuate that we can not put some reporters or news editors in jail when they do not report JUST what happened.

Yea, I know all about the consitution. But I think if the guys that were here that wrote it, they would all vote to shoot all the reporters and shut down their news operations.

Political manipulation of news or the military should be classified as treason, and should be enforced. This is the first war and generation that is NOT cut off from the MSM coverage of the news. The coverage directly effects the attitude and feelings of our troops. I know all about this type of effect on our military. I was there. I felt the effects, I saw the effects on everyone.

Can the media get our soldiers killed? Yes...if they give confort and aid to our enemy..yes.

Call it liberal coverage or what ever. It needs to be stopped.

Too much..think about what is at stake, think about your children and your grandchildren. Think about your good life and what could happen and WILL happen if the extreamist Islamists are not stopped.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

5:31 AM  
Blogger Pat in NC said...

Merry Christmas my friend and may the New Year bring peace in your country.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Ibn, thank you for the post. I knew some of the things you posted, but I also learned from your post.

I wish the best for you and appreciate your wishes for me! May the Creator bless us both!

4:11 AM  
Blogger Lisa, New York said...

Ibn Alrafidain,

Thanks for the Christmas greetings and for the interesting info on how Islam views Jesus.

I love your blog. I check it every day for updates.
I read a lot of blogs every day and recently I decided to use a separate program (a "newsreader") that notifies me when the sites have been updated (so I don't have to constantly check them).

In order for this to work, the site needs to have a "feed" enabled. Yours doesn't yet so I have to check your site manually.

It's easy to set up a "feed" in blogger. Just go here:

It will show you how. Basically, you just go into "Settings" and then "Site Feed" and turn the option on.

Keep up the great work on your site!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings once again, Ibn

My wishes for your continued health and safety.

Here is a good news story about two Iraqi soldiers that I am sure will never get any coverage by the MSM.

But they have my admiration, blessings and thanks.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

5:28 AM  
Blogger Ibn_Alrafidain said...

Ladies& Gentlemen, once again merry Christmas…
It is a matter of wrestling with power, phone line, ISP, everyday personal worries…etc to post something on my blog. I have not lived a life of peace and luxury to compare how bad our life in Iraq is nowadays. I tell my friends, mocking Saddam, that one of Saddam's benefits is that he had trained us to live a very rough life, which helped the Americans to put the reconstruction process aside during this phase of occupation.
The past two days it was raining here in Baghdad (light rain). It means to expect number of failures in services. So the power step-down transformer of the block of houses, including mine, is out of order. Picking up the phone, I can hear many people talking mixed with a dial tone, busy line tone, and different kinds of noise.
I'm lucky if I manage to go through all these barriers and to access the internet through a very slow server (because of rain and bad connections it is down to 12000 bps).

Thank you Cindy, PamiC, Mike H, Lynn, Louise, Steve…
I'll do my best (keep in mind, till now I couldn't access Iraqi Files), Papa Ray…
I have so much to say but let me refer you first to previous posts of mine (Mistrust, Fallujah, and Media Fabrications)

And many thanks to Pat in NC, Rob, Lisa NY… I'll try to follow the instructions.

Wishing you all nice time.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Thank you for the information and I think it should be shared. Best wishes to you and yours!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings Ibn,

My continued hopes for your safety and health.

I am sure you will overcome any inconviences and hardships that you are enduring at this time.

I wanted to share with you the inconvience and hardship of one (just one of thousands) of our soldiers. He is going to be in your country, doing his duty, doing what he must for YOUR freedom, so you can have and live a better life.

Please click on audio to hear the story of his unit and his personal story. I have to say that this is a representive story of our troops that risk their lives and their families. Iraqis are supposed to have a very strong family orientation, so you should be able to identify strongly with this soldier's story.

I know I do. I left my family, years ago, to go to a far away place to try and help people have a life free from oppression and fear. My country failed, I failed, and it has haunted me ever since. My family suffered, I came back to being treated with dishonor, spit and jeers.

I am grateful that our Military does not return to the same now, but returns now, with admiration, gratitude and honor.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

6:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Naka said...

Cool blog you have going here, I will check in often! I have a similar site about womens health study
. It pretty much covers womens health study
related stuff.

12:06 PM  

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