KARAITE ISRAELITE MOSQUE OF ASCENSION
AND THE TEMPLE OF KEDAR MINISTRIES
(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)
QARAY - KARAITES قريظة
THE FIRST ANNUAL CLAIMING OF CHRISTMAS CEREMONY:
(A KORANIC CHRISTMAS WITH A SUPERIOR CLAIM TO JESUS)
The Karaite Israelite Mosque of Ascension will be observing the Claiming of Christmas Ceremony on December 25th in accordance with the Sunnah or example of how the Prophet Muhammad claimed Ashura from those who professed to be the People of Moses:
ASHURA: CLAIMING ASHURA AS A SUPERIOR CLAIM TO MOSES THAN THE CLAIM OF THE JEWS:
When the Prophet Muhammad arrived in Medina he witnessed the Jews observing a Fast called Ashura. In regards to this Holy observance the Prophet Muhammad asked the Jews the meaning or reason that they were fasting. Their response was that the fast was done in honor of Moses delivering the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. In turn the Prophet Muhammad immediately claimed the Fast by stating that Muslims had a greater claim to Moses than they did. In fact the Prophet Muhammad declared Ashura to be a practice incumbent upon all Muslims.
Bukhari Volume 3, Book 31, Number 222:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
The Prophet came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that. They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." The Prophet said, "WE HAVE MORE CLAIM OVER MOSES THAN YOU." So, the Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day).
A SUPERIOR CLAIM TO MOSES AND A MORE FERVENT ASHURA:
In order to demonstrate that Muslims had a greater claim to Moses and right to Ashura the Prophet Muhammad declared Ashura a two day fast instead of one. He commanded Muslims to add a day before or a day after.
Ibn abbas says the prophet (pbuh) said fast on the day of Ashura and do other than what Jews do, (so) fast a day before or after it (as well Ahmad 2154)
THE ITINERARY FOR CLAIMING CHRISTMAS:
ROLE PLAY THE QUESTION AND ANSWER EXCHANGE WITH A TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN OR SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATIVE:
1. MUSLIM QUESTION:
WHY DO YOU OBSERVE CHRISTMAS?
TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN ANSWER:
IT IS THE DAY WE HONOR THE BIRTH OF JESUS.
WE HAVE MORE CLAIM OVER JESUS THAN YOU AND IN THAT REGARD WE ARE CLAIMING CHRISTMAS FOR ALL MUSLIMS.
2. TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN QUESTION:
HOW DO YOU AS MUSLIMS HAVE MORE OF A CLAIM TO JESUS THAN CHRISTIANS?
THE KORAN REVEALS THE FACT THAT JESUS WAS NOT THE LITERAL SON OF GOD, THAT JESUS WAS NOT PART OF A TRINITARIAN GOD, WAS NOT A BLOOD SACRIFICE FOR PERSONAL SINS AND DID NOT DIE AT CRUCIFIXION. THEREFORE THE KORANIC CHRIST IS THE TRUE JESUS GIVING MUSLIMS THE GREATER CLAIM TO JESUS.
3. TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN QUESTION:
HOW WILL YOU CLAIM CHRISTMAS?:
WHEN THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD CAME TO MEDINA HE CLAIMED A SACRED FAST OF MOSES CALLED ASHURA FROM THOSE WHO CLAIMED TO BE THE PEOPLE OF MOSES (JEWS, ISRAELITES). HOWEVER IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A DISTINCTION FROM THE JEWS THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD ADDED A SECOND DAY OF FASTING THEREFORE A GREATER OBSERVANCE ACCOMPANIED THE GREATER CLAIM TO MOSES.
Ibn abbas says the prophet (pbuh) said fast on the day of Ashura and do other than what Jews do, (so) fast a day before or after it (as well).( Ahmad 2154)
4.TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN QUESTION:
HOW WILL YOU IMPLEMENT A GREATER OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS TO MATCH YOUR GREATER CLAIM TO JESUS?
CHRISTIANS DO NOT FAST ON CHRISTMAS. HOWEVER THE KORAN INFORMS US THAT JESUS' MOTHER MARY DECLARED A FAST ON THE DAY JESUS WAS BORN. THEREFORE AS MUSLIMS WE WILL FAST ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
5.TRINITARIAN CHRISTIAN QUESTION:
WILL YOU HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE?
THE KORAN IS THE ONLY SCRIPTURE IN EXISTENCE THAT GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF A MIRACULOUS TREE BEING ASSOCIATED WITH JESUS' BIRTH:: THEREFORE WE ARE THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND WILL HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE AS A SYMBOL OF CLAIMING CHRISTMAS.
THEREFORE ON CHRISTMAS DAY WE WILL FAST AND WEAR WHITE GARMENTS OF PURITY. AFTER THE FAST IS CONCLUDED WE WILL GATHER AROUND THE TREE AND BREAK THE FAST BY EATING DATES AND DRINKING WATER THERE WE WILL READ THE KORANIC ACCOUNT OF JESUS'BIRTH :
The Koran states that at the time Jesus was to be born his mother Mary found refuge under a TREE. She was then instructed to shake the TRUNK OF THE TREE and was to eat dates that fell from the TREE. Therefore the Miracle of Jesus birth is undeniably associated with a miraculously decreed TREE of sustenance.
SURAH 19:19 - 26
He said: I am only a messenger of your Lord: That I will give you a pure boy.She said: When shall I have a boy and no mortal has yet touched me, nor have I been unchaste?He said: Even so; your Lord says: It is easy to Me: and that We may make him a sign to men and a mercy from Us, and it is a matter which has been decreed. So she conceived him; then withdrew herself with him to a remote place
And the throes (of childbirth) compelled her to betake herself to the TRUNK OF A PALM TREE. She said: Oh, would that I had died before this, and had been a thing quite forgotten!Then (the child) called out to her from beneath her: Grieve not, surely your Lord has made a stream to flow beneath you; And shake towards you the TRUNK OF THE PALM TREE, it will drop on you fresh ripe dates:So eat and drink and refresh the eye. Then if you see any mortal, say: Surely I HAVE VOWED A FAST to the Beneficent Allah, so I shall not speak to any man today.
WITH A SUPERIOR CLAIM OVER JESUS IN RELATION TO TRINITARIAN CHRISTIANS AND THE ONLY SCRIPTURE THAT EQUATES THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF JESUS WITH A TREE IT IS ONLY LOGICAL THAT MUSLIMS CLAIM CHRISTMAS AS THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD CLAIMED ASHURA