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now includes the Orthodox Christmas, on January 7, designated as “Milad Isa, a.s.” or “Sacred Birthday of Jesus, Peace Be Upon Him.” This is not a minor detail.

The birthdays of the prophets are a matter of controversy in Islam, with Sunni fundamentalists prohibiting it as an “impermissible innovation in religion.” Thus, for example, while Muhammad’s birthday is honored as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries and many with large Muslim minorities (including Russia and India), it is permitted only in private in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad’s birthplace, because of disapproval by Saudi Wahhabi clerics.

By including both the birthday of Muhammad, which begins on the evening of January 2, and that of Jesus, on January 7, in their calendar, the Bosnian Muslims have demonstrated their appreciation for the common Abrahamic tradition.

In addition, by adopting the Orthodox Christian holiday in remembrance of Jesus, they have demonstrated goodwill toward their Serbian neighbors.

Serbs are almost entirely Orthodox; Croats are mainly Catholic.

The Bosnian war pitted Muslims and Catholics, sometimes ambivalent about one another, against Serb aggression.

According to estimates commissioned in 2008 by the National Security Council of Turkey (Milli Güvenlik Kurulu) some 2,000,000 Turkish citizens are of Bosniak ancestry as mainly descended from Bosniak emigrants in the 19th and early 20th century.

Europe Austria · United Kingdom Germany · Sweden Switzerland · Slovenia Czech Republic · Slovakia Kosovo · Turkey North America United States · Canada South America Argentina · Bolivia · Brazil Chile · Colombia · Peru Oceania Australia · New Zealand; singular masculine: Bošnjak, feminine: Bošnjakinja) are a South Slavic nation and ethnic group inhabiting mainly the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Religious customs bring the differing Balkan communities together, if in a manner barely perceptible to the outside world.