NEW YORK - A letter written by an American Muslim student thanking Santa Claus for spreading joy to children has gone viral on the Internet, raising questions about asking non-Christian students to participate in Christmas assignments.
Dear Santa, I know that I never wrote you a letter because I don't celebrate Christmas, the 4th grade student wrote in his assignment cited by The Global Post.But I am wrighting [sic] you this one to thank you for giving everyone presents.
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The story returns to a classroom assignment given to students at an American school, which was not identified, write to Santa to thank him for his Christmas gifts.
But the task was a problem for the Muslim student, who does not celebrate Christmas.
Instead of rejecting the homework, the Muslim student penned a heartfelt letter that started burning up social media sites like Gawker.
I want to ask you on one thing. Is it true that you go around the world in one night? the young Muslim student wrote.
If you do can you tell me how you did it?
She went even enthusiastic adding, "say hi to Mrs. Claus!"
The letter went viral on the internet after a Redditor posted a note Wednesday about the letter.
The letter has more than 1 million views on Reddit since being posted four days ago.
Santa Claus is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve.
Christians celebrate Christmas Day on December 25.
Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, giving, compassion, and quality family time.
But the letter raised questions about asking non-Christian students to participate in Christmas assignments.
But the teacher's daughter defended the task, saying the assignment was school homework, not a religious assignment.
To my mother's defense I don't think the assignment was meant to be a religious one, and the student was given other options, the woman posted on Reddit.
However, she chose to write a letter to Santa and did so adorably, so I wanted to share it with you guys, she added.
The letter has already drawn hundreds of comments.
Some of these comments recalled celebrating Christmas in schools despite the religious backgrounds of different students.
"When I was in school everyone wrote letters to Santa, wrote one commentator cited by UPI news agency.
Even the few Jewish and Muslim kids still celebrated Christmas. Wasn't really a religious thing just a get a lot of presents thing," he added.
Some Muslims celebrate Christmas as the birth of Prophet Jesus Christ same as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Qur'an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net