The Islamic world and Islamic literature are full of stories about Jesus and his numerous miracles. Yes, he walks on water. Yes, he heals the blind and the lepers. Yes, he can turn clay into a living bird.
These miracles signal for Muslims the miraculous nature of Christ as God’s prophet and messenger.
Our play elucidates some theological differences: We Muslims believe Redditlol Jesus ascended to God; he was not crucified. But what is wrong with us not thinking he died for our sins? We believe that God would not punish his elite prophet in such a way.
God says in the Quran, “We have created you from a single pair of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other not that you may despise each other.”
Silk Road Rising, my theater company, believes its purpose is to unleash curiosity. Our core aim with each of our productions is to help viewers open up to a new possibility, to permit them to set aside their beliefs for a moment and consider something else.
When the anti-Muslim personalities began to perpetuate lies online against “Christmas Mubarak,” I realized that God’s word, “We have … made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other not that you may despise each other,” was revealed for this very moment.
For Muslims, as for Christians, the word of God is a continual revelation. It is not a historic text but one that continues to inspire the better person who resides within us.
As we approach Christmas, let us make a commitment to know each other. Hello, my name is Malik. I believe in the miraculous birth of Christ. Let me tell you more.