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2.62: Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

2.195: And spend in the way of Allah and cast not yourselves to perdition with your own hands, and do good (to others); surely Allah loves the doers of good.

4.93: And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement.

5.77: Say, O followers of the Book! be not unduly immoderate in your religion, and do not follow the low desires of people who went astray before and led many astray and went astray from the right path.

5.98: Know that Allah is severe in requiting (evil) and that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
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The word "Allah" is the Arabic word for "God." Muslims use this word to refer to the "God of Abraham." Arabic Christians use this word to refer to God- "Allāh al-ʼAb" means "God the Father", and that construction is used to distinguish Christian from Muslim.

I don't know this because I am some great scholar. I looked up "Allah" on Wikipedia, that's all.

I am posting this because every time I hear someone say, "They don't worship God, they pray to Allah!", I want to slap the taste out of that person's mouth.

There is plenty of room for doubt and mystery in pondering what god, goddess, or whomever there might be. If you are an atheist, a pagan, or whatever, good on you. But I never again want to have to sit through a conversation with my ignorant neighbor, who thinks that to refer to God in a language he doesn't speak is to refer to a different God.

Jesus Christ.
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Merry Christmas!

If you'd prefer a different expression of goodwill, such as "Happy Hanukkah" or "Joyous Yule", please consider the above to incorporate that. I say "Merry Christmas" because I'm into the whole Christmas thing. (For two days a year. It gets old fast, yo.) I don't assume you are.

If you're not into the whole Christmas thing, well, you have that in common with the Puritans and the "Framers" of the Constitution. All the people who assume "this is a Christian nation" and so forth usually get this one wrong wrong wrong. The Puritans hated Christmas because it was a party, and the Framers disdained it because it was English. (As with most sweeping statements of this kind, there are some nuances I am eliding. In my case, it's because I'm trying to be funny.) Christmas was first proclaimed a national holiday after the Civil War.

Don't ask me why veneration is sometimes offered to "the baby Jesus" as though the baby version is a different person than the adult version. I have never managed to puzzle that one out.

This is from The Onion. As usual, it's completely made up and yet surprisingly accurate.

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