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One of my most controversial posts ever: Easter in Islam.
To any Christian folk here at TI, I sincerely hope you read the post in the spirit it was intended. Happy Easter.
Few things I’ve written have attracted such hostility as my “Easter in Islam” essay last year. I admit that the title is provocative, but most of the muslim critics seemed to think I was accepting the Christian view in a bid to be “inclusive” and “tolerant”. In fact, as I replied in comments,
In the spirit of commonality I adopt the terminology but do not surrender our interpretation.
I frankly dont see where I have been “open minded” – if anything I am being quite conservative in stating explicitly the difference between Islam and Christianity on this matter.
Frankly, Easter is as good a time as any for muslims to honor the Prophet Jesus AS. But we should do so in knowledge of our own distinct beliefs.
Critics of the piece from the Christian side – such as most of the commentariat at Dean Esmay’s blog – were equally hostile, but more out of possessiveness. They thought I was trying to “Islamify” Easter and reacted with disgust at the icky islam all over their clean linen. (I ended up deleting the post because the last thing I wanted was to cause offense on their heoly day).
Here’s an Easter Celebration for you, Aziz:
Easter, 1916 by William Butler Yeats
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
Easter in Islam – indeed, he has risen.