Think about green. Now add little three-leafed weeds, little men with pots of gold, and something called a ‘Blarney stone’. That’s what they call St. Patrick’s Day. The man whom this day is named after was born with the name Maewyn Succat. He was born a pagan. Raised in England, he was stolen by pirates when he was a teenager, and taken to Ireland as a slave. The country of Ireland was at this time almost entirely pagan, where the Celtic religion was prevailing. People call the Celtic ‘Stonehenge’ a wonder of the world, but it may really only be another pagan temple to some god or the other.
After Maewyn escaped from Irish slavery and got back to England, he studied Christianity in France and became a priest, or rather a monk. He took the name, when translated into English, Patrick.
He remembered the pagan Celts in Ireland, and felt inspired to return there to spread the message of Christianity. After another more educated bishop moved from Ireland to Scotland, Patrick was sent to Ireland to replace him in preaching Christianity. He was very successful in winning converts. He used a certain three-leafed weed, the shamrock, to demonstrate the Christian belief in a three-in-one God. He died on March 17, CE 461. Ever since then, that day has been called St. Patrick’s Day. Moreover, since that day, the shamrock has been worn by people to stand for God being three, in one. But all he did, really, was teach the Celts another form of shirk (worship in others beside Allah).
The Christians had become used to twisting their religion around to please the pagans they met with. That’s why they took the three-god concept, from the pagan Romans. They forgot the message of their prophet, Eesa (alahi salaam), who told them to pray to Allah alone. You can be sure that these strange symbols are borrowed from pagans. For example, when St. Patrick’s Day comes along, you see green clothing and leprechauns with pots of gold. Where do these things come from?
The leprechaun (the one with the pot of gold) is entirely from legend. Apparently, these guys always have some gold hidden somewhere, and the Irish legend says that you can get him to show you his gold if you beat him up. That’s not very nice! Of course, Leprechauns certainly don’t have anything to do with reality.
Maybe you’ve heard of the ‘Blarney’ stone. There is a castle in Ireland, in a place called Blarney which has on its wall in a strange place a stone. The stories say a witch put a spell on the stone. The people who travel there to kiss it hope to be able to talk in a way which will get them out of problems. In fact, it means that kissing the stone will make you a good liar! Alhamdulillah, as Muslims we know that lying is haraam, and that there is no benefit to lying. If you want help out of a problem, there is none other than Allah, the Lord of All, who can help you.
Allah is One, without any partner, and Allah is far beyond being compared to a weed. So, on his death, he left the pagans still worshipping others besides Allah. Moreover, the day of his death became a religious holiday. Now people wear the weed on their clothes to show that they believe that God is three-in-one. And Muslims, living in the west, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and decorate with shamrocks? No way!