A Muslim's Christmas wish

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May this Christmas
open our hearts and minds to each other and let there be peace on earth. One of the
most frequently used words during Christmas season is peace. Indeed, it is a
reflection of the innermost desire within each one of us, whether we are
Christians or not. Christmas is an annual milestone that intensifies the desire
to have peace for oneself and for the world.

evokes kindness, empathy and goodness toward fellow beings; it’s a euphoric feeling
of renewal that Jesus taught to the world, it is a sense of completion one
feels when he or she finds in tune with humanity. Jesus showed the way by
embracing the whole humanity regardless of who they were. He is my hero, he is
my mentor, and he is the first known pluralist on the earth. Christmas is a
celebration of that refreshed feeling.
holds a special place in every one’s heart, but particularly among Christians
and Muslims, comprising over half the population of the world.
The Muslims call him Isa-Masih, the one who heals and one who brought life
to the dead. The name of Jesus appears 27 times in Quran and one of the 114
Chapters is dedicated to Marryam, Mother Mary and the virgin birth.

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“Festivals of the World” is an educational series that I have been
writing for the last 20 years. When we live in a community as neighbors and work
together as colleagues, we might as well learn about each other. The best way
to build cohesive societies is to participate in festivities as well as
commemorations of each other, or at least understand each other’s’ joys and
sorrows. A cohesive society, neighborhood or a community shapes up when no one
lives in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other.

Essence of Christmas

is about celebrating the message of Jesus, which each one of us can appreciate
in our own way. The spirit of Christmas is encapsulated in the acts of kindness
to fellow beings.

First of
all, it has become a season of peace, where every human becomes super conscious
of his or her responsibility towards fellow human beings, and is encouraged to
bring joy to their lives. If you don’t stand up for others, why should anyone
stand up for you?
we cannot remain invincible forever; there comes a time in every one’s life
when he or she becomes vulnerable and needs help. When we were born, we simply
did not walk out of our mother’s womb and say: “Hi, world. I am here, and
have made it on my own, and I am ready to roll!” Similarly, we cannot bury
or cremate ourselves, we need others’ help to enter, as we depart from, and
live in, the world.
the entire Christian world gears up to bring the joy in the lives of children
who may not have a toy or parents to give them that joy. This is one big event
of the world where you see hopes on the faces of children. It’s not too late;
you can still deliver a toy through your local church or store, and see the
difference you can make on the face of that unknown child.
Interfaith Christmas:
Making God Boundless | Mike Ghouse
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of a
man who taught us how to build a cohesive society, which he called the kingdom
of heaven. Whether we are Christians, or even believe in God, it simply means
building a society that is free from arrogance, hate, malice, prejudice and
insecurities, firmly built with love and forgiveness, the panacea to the
conflicts we face today.


Thank you
Mike Ghouse

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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism
at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity,
food and foreign policy. He is a staunch defender of human rights and his
book standing up for others will be out soon, and a movie “Americans
together” is in the making.  He is a frequent guest commentator
on Fox News and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers
including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post. All about him is listed in
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building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the

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