Season’s Greetings, but actually, from the looks of this article, only one greeting. “Muslim group places ‘Seasons Greetings’ ad in press,” from KUNA (thanks to Twostellas):
LONDON, Dec 18 (KUNA) — British Muslims were placing a special multi-faith “Season’s Greetings” advertisement in the UK national press as part of a campaign to promote peaceful Islam, it was announced here Tuesday.
Children from Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds were being pictured opening presents in the advertisement designed to coincide with Christmas, the Jewish festival Hanukkah and Eid-ul-Adha, marking the end of the Hajj, or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
“On the occasion of the completion of the Hajj, Muslims across Britain would like to wish everyone a Happy Eid”, the advertisement said.
Thank you. But not a Happy Hanukkah or a Merry Christmas?
“During this time of peaceful festivities and goodwill, with Christmas, Hanukkah and Eid celebrations all in the same month, this is a time to reflect on all of our shared values”, it added.
The advertisement has been placed by the “Islam is Peace” movement, aimed at highlighting the positive contribution of Muslims to Britain and has the backing of Muslim community organisations across the UK.
Islam is Peace project co-ordinator Ifhat Shaheen Smith said “This is an opportunity that could not be missed”.
“It isn’t often that the festivals of the three Abrahamic faiths coincide so closely to each other and British Muslims across the country felt that we should celebrate and share that goodwill with people of all faiths and no faith”.
How wonderful. Here’s an invitation to Ifhat Shaheen Smith not to miss another opportunity: you could increase confidence immensely in the Islam Is Peace campaign by addressing the concerns about that campaign that I’ve raised in this video series: