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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Ho! Ho! Ho!!!

We use to have a Christmas tree in our house around Christmas time. My daughter, then age 7 years old, was flabagasted with the beauty of the tree and the thrill of decorating it. She watched too many episodes of Art Attack during her childhood and creativity was in overdrive mode at that time. I remember her creating cobwebs on the dining room lampshade that earned the maid 20 seconds of lecture as I thought that she did not clean the house.

Come to think of it, she spent too much time watching Astro so much so, she spoke in an American accent until about 10 years old. One of my new neighbor spoke to us and out of curiosity asked me how long we were in the United States. I looked at her bewildered and when she pointed out that it was how my daughter spoke that got her to think that, I laughed instantaneously and explained to her that my daughter grew up in front of the TV from the age of 1 till 6!!). Funny how you don't really notice silly stuff when it happens to your own daughter. I'd smile a sinister smile when I hear Malaysians speak in a heavy non-Malaysian English accent. In fact I made fun of the whole ordeal in "Da Foreign Accent Syndrome yawlll".

Of course being a Malay (if you insist on branding me one, as far as I'm concern I'm a Malaysian; if you think I'm being mengada ngada, I suggest you deal with that), one cannot run from the raised eyebrows and fatwas that sounded more like fart-was, like arrows shot straight towards you, as though trying to save your soul from the wretched hell fire. (wow, apparently it is easier going into hell then into heaven as there are too many don'ts and too little do-s.....hmm...Dr Do-Little comes to mind suddenly). I prepared my daughter with a simple answer, "Isa was one of our prophets, why not celebrate his birthday too?". That actually shut some kepoh-chee mouths, perhaps because it came from a child. I used the same line and beyond. Rest of my immediate family was cool with it though. If it makes your child happy and occupied with a simple thing like a Christmas tree, I don't see why not. It helps with children creativity too and it's a fun family thing to do.

Yes, I use to have a Christmas tree, until one fine day, my daughter outgrew it. Basically, we just got lazy crawling into the small then crowded and unorganized store room to take the tree out and decorate it. My daughter found something else more intriguing to decorate at the age of 9...... herself. Frankly, I miss having her going crazy decorating the Christmas tree instead, because at least my jewelry, high heels and make up and brassieres do not go missing in action back then.

As for Santa Claus, well, telling the kids that Santa does not exist is as good as telling most adults today, that the Al Gore's Global Warming is a hoax. Try telling them and see what happens;

Of course whilst Santa comes in many forms;
There's the Smeagol kinda Santa (excuse him he's having an intense debate with himself whether to keep or to distribute "his precious"....)

The Merry Santa
The Gay Santa; (apparently gay is no longer happy being just happy, they want to be gay)
Sexy Santa;

Santa in trouble;
Santa with imaginary enemies with imaginary weapon of mass destruction (the uuuuuuugliest kind)

And the good ol' conventional Santa, filled with goodness, not just in his bag, but in his belly too....

Whichever Santa it is, there's a Santa in everyone. It's the spirit of giving that makes Christmas special....

Have a Merry little Christmas everyone !!!
(or perhaps a big one)


Planet of the Monyets said...


Ocean Girl said...

I just learned that we do not do what the Prophet, sallallahualaihiwassalam did not do. And that includes celebrating his own birthday. Even his sahabats did not celebrate the Prophet's birthday, during his time or after he was gone.

PahNur said...

Thanx planet of the monyets.

Ocean Girl....thank you for pointing that out, but.........I mean...really? I bet even Muhammad do not know about what you've just told me. I mean, after all, most of the stories from the hadith, came about 400 years after his death, not to mention after 3/4 of his descendants were brutally murdered, slaughtered (including his grandsons hassan and hussain)and basically those who actually know what is going in Muhammad's household did not live to tell the actual story of Muhammad....

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to insult anyone here...just voicing out my boggled mind....I hope I managed to boggle yours too, because frankly, we've let our ulama' tell us how and what to think for tooooooo long. The Quran is sent to us, specifically for mankind as a manual, don't you think God would want to send a manual that can be easily understood by all?

[41:3] A Book of which the verses are made plain, an Arabic Quran for a people who know:

And furthermore He said that it's complete:

[6:38] There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.

(If you are about to say "how to pray is not written there", now, to explain that need a posting by me when I say the rabbit hole goes deeper from this point onwards.....only those who open their minds to sincerely look for the answer, WILL find it)

I think we should all go back to the basics and the basics emphasizes on spreading love. So why not? Celebrating prophets birthdays is harmless, as compared to say, bombing oneself justifying it in the name of God senselessly thinking that there would be 72 virgins waiting on the other side to greed jihadists. Wonder what is in it for women jihadists though...i mean, i'd curse myself when i learn that blowing myself up earned me 72 male virgins (we women prefer non virgins...more experience maaah), or worst, 72 female virgins!!!!(what am i going to do with 72 virgins, male or female?!!!).

Don't you think THAT hadith warrants us to rethink of how we chose to believe what Islam is?

Ocean Girl said...

The Quran was not sent to us. It was sent to the Prophet.

The basic of all basics is to Obey Allah and His Messenger. I do not see anything about "spreading love". And how do we obey the Prophet if we do not know his hadith and sunnah.

PahNur said...

Ocean Girl, I posted my response to your comment, as it had become too long to post it here. I hope we can all benefit from this discussion. Thank you.