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 http://mypeace.com.au/ 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.