Is it a sin for a Muslim to celebrate Christmas? – Footballer Asisat Oshoala asks netizens

Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Lamina Oshoala in a post on social media asks netizens if it is a sin for a Muslim to celebrate Christmas with Christians and by extension generated mixed reactions among netizens.

Yesterday, December 25th, 2022 was Christmas Dya and Nigerians most especially Christians joined other people all over the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the spiritual leader and founder of Christianity.

Reacting to this, Asisat Oshola, a Muslim who plays as a striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona seems to be curious about Christmas Day celebration asks if it is worthy for a muslim to celebrate Christmas.

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This reactions from Asisat Oshoala comes after Liverpool and Egyptian striker, Mo Salah shares Christmas-themed family pictures that featured a Christmas tree via his verified Twitter handle on Christmas Day.

The post generated mixed reactions among internet users, while some internet users shower praises on him for celebrating with Christians all over the world despite being a Muslim from an Arab country, others berated the two times African footballer of the year for the act.

However, taking to her official Twitter handle, Asisat Oshoala tweeted, “Is it a sin for a Muslim to celebrate Christmas ? #ChristmasDayConvo.”

See screenshot of her post below;

Asisat post 1

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See how social media users react to Asisat Oshoala question about Muslims celebrating Christmas with Christians below;

@DanielRegha: Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas (or holidays of other religions), but many of ’em honor the holiday by wishing Christians a happy religious festival; Many people don’t know the difference which is why they always criticize unjustly. Regardless our religions, we are still one.

@_AsiwajuLerry:  They celebrate with me during Sallah period, we celebrate together during Christmas too. I choose humanity first before any religion, let the almighty be the judge of that on Yaumu’l Qiyamah. 🫶🏽.

@_davyben:  I’m not entirely sure what the Quran states. But posing in Christmas outfits and wishing non-Muslims a Merry Christmas on social media isn’t wrong in my opinion. I think probably extreme bigots might beg to disagree🤷🏾‍♂️.

@belloridwana:Celebrate: No Rejoicing with them and sending wishes: Yes.

@OnonujuCh: That one concern you people, if you guys like join us to celebrate if you like don’t, we move.

@IdrisAOni1: A Muslim should not celebrate Christmas because: 1. It is a celebration on an understanding that negates the teaching of Islam on the Oneness of God – See Q112; 2. Xmas is a celebration of the birth of “God’s only begotten son” according to Christianity. See Q5: 17, 72 and 73.

@Kekksco:  Capital YES (HARAM)❌ With reference from the Holy Quran; “Qul huwa Allahu ahad. Allahu assamad. Lam yalid walam yoolad. Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad”.“Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One. Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born. Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”

@ReubenOshomagbe:  All religions champion the virtue of love, I think we can both tolerate each other. I mean I’m this life what is more than sharing happiness.

@ourt_destiny-  Humanity > Religion.

@Alaome22:  Base on the Quran and the hadith of the prophet (S.A.W) there’s no place where celebrating of Christmas was mentioned for we Muslim….

cbudgetfriendly_store:  I am a Muslim,a practicing one sef and I dey celebrate Christmas o! In fact I attend Christmas parties/carols…ko si big deal at all,we serve the same God! Christmas rice dey sweet pass anything😄.

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