Dear Aleksandra, dear all,
Aleksandra, with respect. I perhaps shared your concerns about the
post of jalaludn@...
, but your assertion that
> The fact that at the beginning of Islam some holidays (new year,
> birthday) were not celebrated does not mean that they should be
> forbiden for the believers.
does not take into account the overwhelming importance that the life
and the example of Muhammad has for Muslims all over the world until
present days. His way of life is regarded as the plainly perfect one,
worth being copied in all details by pious believers. This is
sometimes difficult to understand for people with a Christian
background. (Though there were similar phenomenons in Christianity as
well. Thing of St. Francis' 'imitatio Christi'.)
And keep in mind that a few days ago Emmil in a posting to this list
pointed out that in the NIS and in Russia everybody who is following
the prescriptions of Islam is regarded a Wahhabite. This is true for
other states of the Islamic world too (though there they are called
Fundamentalists, integristes, islamists etc.). The governments in all
these countries are well aware of the fact that among the details of
the life of Muhammad that are considered worth copying there is also
the *political* organization Muhammad established in Yathrib/Madina
after 623. Since the emergence of political Islam in the middle of
the 20th century the return to the 'roots' of the first Umma lead by
Muhammad and his first successors has been a constant claim of the
islamists. So IMO jalaludn@...
's posting is as interesting as
> For example, first Christians did not celebrate the beginning of
> New Year or any birthday now they do and they do not see
> anything wrong in it.
They did not even celebrate Christmas until about 300. Christianity
as we know it if incredibly further away from the historical Jesus
than Islam is from Muhammad.
> Coming back to Chechnya, in spite of the fact that New Year was a
> holiday imposed by the Russians - observing my Chechen friends
> living in Poland I noticed that they like New Year celebrations.
> They also celebrate one's birthday and (typically Soviet holiday)
> 8th March - Women's Day. They do not seem to see those holidays as
> imposed by their opressors.
Don't think that Islamists care so very much about the opinion and of
the customs of the majority, though they certainly *can* win
majorities by peaceful means as they a few years ago did in Turkey
and in Algeria. But there are historical situations in which the
opinion of the majority is simply unimportant. It was not the
majority of the Chechens who intruded into Dagestan.
As far as I know, the Prophet used to add greetings to his letters
and used to sign them. I shall follow this praiseworthy example
accustoming it to the circumstances of the presence: