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The Truth About Holidays – Abdullah Hakim Quick

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1) Seeking the Truth
2) Stereotyping: Muslims Are the Target
3) Monotheism: Common to All Cultures and Times
4) The Struggle Between Monotheists and Polytheists
5) The Origins of Christmas
6) The Origins of New Year’s
7) The Origins of St. Valentines Day
8) The Origins of Easter
9) The Origins of Halloween
10) Conclusion: Advice to Muslims
11) Clarification About Jesus Being Born in the Warm Weather
12) What About Thanksgiving?
13) What About Kwanzaa?
14) What is the Difference Between Saturday and the Sunday Sabbath?
15) Dealing With Holidays in the Public School System / Celebrating Birthdays
16) What Are the Roots of the Hajj?
17) Why Can’t Muslims Take Non-Muslims as Protectors?
18) We Have to Understand Beliefs and Cultures From the Source

With many non-Muslims present at this “Islam Awareness Week” lecture in Miami, Abdullah Hakim Quick delivers an enlightening talk about the origins of the major holidays celebrated today. He explains that throughout time there has been a constant struggle between those who believe in one God and those who believe in many gods. And with these struggles, many compromises were made by those who would ultimately influence and shape the major modern day holidays celebrated throughout the world. The result today are rituals not sanctioned by the prophets or scriptures of God, but rather mixed-up beliefs and practices that, essentially, can be attributed to ancient pagan culture. An intellectual analysis of this controversial subject by a well-known Muslim-American historian. The major celebrations analyzed are Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween. Other topics discussed: Muslim holidays, Thanksgiving, Kwanza, the Sabbath, celebrating birthdays, the origins of the Hajj, having non-Muslims as friends, dealing with holidays in public school, and pork being served at the school cafeteria. (Duration: 1 hour, 25 min) Abdullah Hakim Quick was born in the U.S. and accepted Islam in 1970. He received an ijaza from the College of Da’wah and Islamic Sciences in 1979.