Muslims push Jesus in Sydney

Jesus as A Prophet of Islam that is. A few billboards have appeared around Sydney in the past couple of weeks stating this. One billboard was vandalised the day after it appeared. Posters will soon be on the backs of HillsBus buses, the buses that go through the so-called Bible Belt of Sydney the Hills district – home of Hillsong Church, St Paul’s Castle Hill a large Anglican church, among others. Television commercials have also been promised.

He’s not the son of God, just the support act
CHRISTIANS in Sydney will have their core beliefs challenged by provocative advertisements due to appear on billboards and buses in the next month. The ads, paid for by an Islamic group called MyPeace, will carry slogans such as ”Jesus: a prophet of Islam”, ”Holy Quran: the final testament” and ”Muhammad: mercy to mankind”. A phone number urges people to call to receive a free Koran and other Islamic literature.

The organiser of MyPeace, Diaa Mohamed, said the campaign was intended to educate non-Muslims about Islam. He said Jesus was a prophet of Islam, who was to come before Muhammad. ”The only difference is we say he was a prophet of God, and they say he is God,” Mr Mohamed said. ”Is it thought-provoking? Yes, it is. We want to raise awareness that Islam believes in Jesus Christ,” he said. Mr Mohamed said he hoped the billboards would encourage Christians and Muslims to find common ground. They were not intended to downgrade the significance of Jesus. ”We embrace him and say that he was one of the mightiest prophets of God.”

The website tries to be very Western friendly by referring to God rather than Allah, and Jesus rather than Isa. Not to downgrade the significance of Jesus? Well, the website states that Jesus is not the Son of God, which is what Muslims believe. And the website has far more information on Muhammad than Jesus. Using Jesus to push Islam is just a marketing tool.

That this campaign is happening in Sydney shows what a great democracy Australia is. There is freedom of expression. Something we don’t want to lose.

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5 Replies to “Muslims push Jesus in Sydney”

  1. There should, however, be some honesty in the campaign. In the article the campaign organiser states the only difference between Jesus in Islam and Christianity is his divinity. A religion that denies Jesus was crucified isn’t too similar to the proclamation that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures…”

    Then their online promoters. Videos by Khalid Yasin, the guy that attempted to scam the Australian Muslim community with a phony television network (and also in the UK), the same guy that preached while in Sydney that Muslims should not associate with non-Muslims, the guy that accused Christian missionaries of spreading AIDS in Africa, etc.

    The PR campaign needs some better representatives

  2. Sort of related … I have heard Keysar Trad interviewed at length, and he came across as a reasonable guy at the time. He had potential to be a proper leader in the Muslim community. But his long-term role as mouth piece and ‘translator’ for serial foot-in-mouth Sheik al-Hilaly leaves him with considerable baggage, and Trad has now become pretty much irrelevant.

    And … The current push by some Muslims in Australia to introduce Sharia Law into the Family Court system is a concern. Not that there is any chance of it happening any time soon. But I will check what the Greens policy is for that.

  3. Andrew Bolt and Miranda Divine have both mentioned in their columns that The Greens support Sharia Family Law. Nothing on the Greens website, but they have removed some of their more extreme policies from their website.

    1. Family law is ridiculous as it is. A discussion would revolve around various aspects of Sharia family law. In terms of marriage breakdown, the legislation here emphasises out of court resolution which could practically involve Sharia principles if the parties agreed to such. In terms of polyamy, the previous NSW government with its extended definition of quasi-marriage relationships isn’t much of a stretch.

      When I was studying family law the lecturer was more interested in same sex marriage, gender and abortion so I know surprisingly little.

  4. I dearly hope that the Christians in Australia react well to this. When someone pushes a challenge in your face, how you react shows a great deal about your character. I have been ashamed by how some Christians have reacted to such things, using inflammatory and abusive speech. However, I have been very proud of how some Christians have handled such things, with wisdom and temperance. I pray that they use God’s words to combat this, and not their own.

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