This is another holiday that has its origins in pagan rituals.
The following is an excerpt from a lecture given by Sheikh ABDULLAH HAKIM QUICK
THE HISTORY OF EASTER
Ancient pagan fertility celebration
- Spring = death returning to life, rebirth, resurrection
- 1st Sunday after the full moon
- Northern European god Austern believed to cause fertility and rebirth on
Rabbits, chickens and Easter eggs
Pagan symbols of fertility and rebirth
Death and Resurrection of Jesus (pbuh)
Christians combined this Christian concept of Jesus' death and resurrection
with the pagan celebration of the rebirth of nature in Spring and
The cross was an ancient Egyptian symbol adopted by pagan Europeans as a
symbol of eternal life. The crosses used for crucifixion at Jesus' time
looked more like a "T" than the modern Christian symbol.
- We should take no part in holidays with pagan origins, created to worship
false gods and call on them to return life or cause fertility, powers held
by Allah alone.
- Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified and killed and the
resurrected, so we have no reason to celebrate this aspect of the holiday
(Qur'an 4:157-159) "And their saying ‘Surely we have killed the Messiah,
Jesus son of Mary, the apostle of Allah', and they did not kill him nor did
they crucify him, but it appeared to them so and most surely those who differ
therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it,
but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. Nay!
Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise. And there is not one
of the followers of the Book but most certainly believes in this before his
death, and on the day of resurrection he (Jesus) shall be a witness against