CAIR-LA: MUSLIM-AMERICANS SHARE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, REVERE JESUS, REJECT MATERIALISM
A number of religious celebrations are converging yet again this month, adding to the festive holiday atmosphere, and allowing Americans an opportunity to ponder and change things for the better.
For the past five years, the fact that the end of Muslim religious observances, Ramadan or the Hajj, coincided with Christmas made this period more memorable for my family (this year, the Hajj season started Thursday, and Hajj activities begin around Dec. 29). We immersed ourselves in remembering God's blessings and mercy and will do the same on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps to the surprise of some Americans, Jesus holds a special place in both the Christian and Islamic faiths. (MORE)
Hussam Ayloush is executive director of the Anaheim-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, Southern California.