Sunday, April 4, 2010
People think that because I live in a Muslim country that Easter isn't recognized here or even worse, forbidden. The opposite is actually true. While I don't know the specific significance of Easter in Islam, I do know that Jesus considered one of the prophets. I asked a Muslim co-worker of mine feelings his feelings about Easter as well as the Muslim beliefs. He told me that Muslims believe that Jesus is alive along with the other prophets such as Mohammed, Moses, and Abrahim. He said that in the Torah it teaches that a few days before Jesus was crucified, God changed hi with a double of some sort and the man that was crucified was not actually Jesus.
While the idea of what actually happened to Jesus is quite different, the basic belief that he was holy is the same. I would imagine that most people in the U.S. would be surprised to learn how closely tied to each other Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are to each other. The longer I'm here, the stranger it seems that the leaders of countries in which these three religions are prominent are working to create a divide.
As I said, I don't really know the actual significance of Easter in Islam, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't involve colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, and peeps. Happy Easter everyone.