Easter is a Christian religious holiday where we celebrate, according to Christian dogma, the resurrection of Jesus. In Islam, Easter is not celebrated, it is even in contradiction with Muslim beliefs. To sum up, no Easter in Islam.
Jesus in Islam
To talk about Easter we have to talk about Jesus and how he is seen in Islam. Jesus is a prophet who was created by God without a father (like Adam). Islam specifies that Jesus (Issa) was not crucified, God said ”and they say:“ We have truly killed Christ, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah ”… However, they do not. neither killed nor crucified; but it was only a pretense! And those who have argued about it are really in doubt: they have no certain knowledge of it, they are just guessing and they certainly did not kill it. »Verse 157 of Sura Annissa.
So Jesus was not killed, nor crucified and he will be resuscitated before the end of the World as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says.
What do Christians celebrate at Easter?
Christians celebrate Easter on the last Sunday after the first full moon following March 21 of each year based on the lunar calendar. This feast closes 40 days of Lent, a kind of light youngster who represents the 40 days of Jesus’ crossing of the desert.
Easter encompasses three feasts:
- The resurrection of Jesus: three days after his alleged crucified death.
- The Passion of Christ: all the events related to the death of Jesus (also called Good Friday)
- And the Last Supper instituting the Eucharist: Christ’s last supper with his apostles.
Nowadays Easter remains the most famous Christian religious holiday and the first in the calendar. However and like many other holidays this holiday became very commercial with the sale of 30% of the chocolate production the week before Easter.