The Easter Jesus v The Islamic Fake

It was the weekend before Holy Week and I was on my way home across Meridian Square outside Stratford station. I was looking forward to the coming festivals: the commemoration of Jesus’ last supper on Maundy Thursday, the solemn reflection on his death on Good Friday and the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. For a Christian it’s the heart of the Gospel and highlight of the year.

HijackJesuspic2On the Square I was confronted by some Muslim men doing dawa (proselytism) at an Islamic book table. In principle there’s nothing wrong with this as freedom to promote your religion, and indeed your non-religion, is vital to our society.

But, deliberately courting controversy, they were trading upon our Christian festivals by wearing sweatshirts emblazoned with the words, “I love Jesus (peace be upon him) because I’m Muslim!

I was well aware that their “Jesus” is a fake. So I chatted with them briefly, took a picture with their consent and tweeted it with the caption, “@ Stratford #Newham this w/e: #Islam hijacks, demotes & discredits Founder of #Christianity”.

Immediately I was contacted by our local paper, the Newham Recorder. Would I write an article to reflect my views? 250 words; deadline 10.00am on Tuesday.

I did. I wrote:

The True Jesus

“We love the Wife of the Duke of Edinburgh as much as you Brits do,” said an imaginary American in my dream. 

Queen Elizabeth“If that’s so,” I retorted, “you wouldn’t downgrade her. Instead you’d acknowledge her role properly as Her Majesty, Elizabeth ll, Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth.” 

There was a bearded young man outside Stratford station last Saturday. “We Muslims love the prophet Jesus (pbuh) as much as you Christians do,” he declared. 

“If that’s so,” I reflected, “you wouldn’t demote Jesus and insult his self-sacrifice. Instead you’d acknowledge him as he truly is – the Son of God who for our sakes went willingly to his death on a cross on Good Friday 2,000 years ago.” 

Easter this weekend is the highlight of the Christian year, when Jesus’ followers commemorate both his death and resurrection. It’s a wonderful time of significance and celebration. Yet Islamic zealots like the bearded young man are trying to hijack Jesus, diminish his role and spoil the party… 

‘Jesus’ translated into Arabic is ‘Yesua’, but there is no such person mentioned in the Quran. Instead there is an inferior prophet called ‘Isa’ who ranks significantly below Muhammad. Isa wasn’t God’s Son and he didn’t die on a cross, but nonetheless some Muslims insist on misnaming him ‘Jesus’ after the Founder of Christianity. 

It’s simply a ploy or taqqiya (deception) to undermine the real Jesus. 

empty_tomb11However Christians don’t need to mind. It is Easter-time once again; Jesus is Jesus; and in Christ we are free to celebrate his life-giving resurrection from the dead.


However the Newham Recorder didn’t publish it!

It’s not the first time the paper has failed to publish my work. A few years ago I wanted to place a campaign advert against the proposed London Olympic mega-mosque at West Ham near my home. At the last moment they pulled the ad because they feared violence.

This time they say that they couldn’t find a Muslim writer to answer my points.

So it’s published here on my blog instead.

Would any Muslim like to respond to the piece and justify Islam’s ‘Jesus’? Avoid vulgarity and personal abuse and I will publish your comments unedited in the appropriate place below.

7 thoughts on “The Easter Jesus v The Islamic Fake

  1. Do the Newham Recorder pay you for your articles (as they righty should)? It’s just that having asked for you to write an article but not publish it, I think they should still have paid you for your time and effort. Their excuse for not publishing sounds more than a little dubious. Sounds like someone went wobbly. If publishing your articles about Islam is dependent upon a Muslim first viewing it to give instant rebuttal, it’s hardly likely they’ll bother rebutting when they know it will mean your article not being published. It says a lot about the Newham Recorder that they’ve given a de facto seat on their editorial board to a Muslim censor. It says a lot about Islam that it produces such fear.

  2. I still don’t understand what you meant by “inferior” version of Jesus? Jesus is the latised version of Isayas (in Hebrew) and Isa (in arabic) which LATER was pronounced as Jesus in English. Son of God should be the inferior version in my view since God should be free from lower animal functions ie. sex or bearing children. By saying “begotten son” its the same as calling God as somebody who needs a wife or son or daughter for biological reason. Islam is the only religion which believes in Jesus Christ (the superior version) who is one of the greatest prophets like Adam, Moses, Abraham.. they are all dear to the God almighty (who is one) and free from having any sort of biological relationships and the concept of it (since it raises questions of birth, death, creation, beginning, ending, sexual relation etc). God is far more superior than these concepts. Since He is by definition “uncreated” and free from death, birth, sleep, sex etc all we can think of.. Islam respects Jesus Christ by all means whereas Christians disrespects Him and misunderstood him as a God or Son of God. The God does not need a son or daughter.

  3. Aren’t you being as offensive to Muslims as the Muslims you claim are being offensive to Christians? Why do you think that what Muslims believe about Jesus is a ploy rather than genuine BELIEF? You’re entitled to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and we’re entitled to believe that he is a prophet. In your mind God having a son doesn’t diminish God, in our minds it does.

  4. I aim never to be offensive about Muslims, nor to be offensive to Muslims just because they are Muslims. As people they deserve respect like anyone else.

    However Islam the religion is a different matter. Muhammad came along six hundred years after Christianity and, instead of starting a new religion of his own like Jesus and Moses, he tried to take over and Islamise both Judaism and Christianity. He and his followers claimed that the Jewish prophets and Jesus the Son of God (renamed Isa) in fact had been Islamic prophets, and indeed were secondary to himself.

    The Son of God was thereby renamed, diminished and downgraded by Muhammad to merely an inferior Islamic prophet – and his followers want Christians to respect both Muhammad and his Isa…

  5. During the Christmas season, Christian families seek to maintain a focus on Jesus and his legacy.
    Many of our Christian brothers and sisters may be surprised to know that Muslims love and revere Jesus as one of God’s greatest messengers to mankind, just as we love and revere the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon them both.
    The Prophet Muhammad sought to erase any distinctions between the message he taught and that taught by Jesus, whom he called God’s “spirit and word.”
    Prophet Muhammad said: “Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.”
    “Behold! The angels said: ‘O Mary! God gives thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.'”
    The quote above is not from the New Testament. It is taken from the Quran, Islam’s revealed text. (3:45)
    Other verses in the Quran, regarded by Muslims as the direct word of God, state that Jesus was strengthened with the “Holy Spirit” (2:87) and is a “sign for the whole world.” (21:91) His virgin birth was confirmed when Mary is quoted as asking: “How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?” (3:47)
    An entire chapter of the Quran (Chapter 19) is named after Jesus’ mother Mary, “Maryam” in the Arabic of the Quran.
    The Quran shows Jesus speaking from the cradle and, with God’s permission, curing lepers and the blind. (5:110) God also states in the Quran: “We gave (Jesus) the Gospel and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers.” (57:27)
    Muslims believe Jesus will return to earth in the last days before the final judgment. Disrespect toward Jesus is very offensive to Muslims.
    The message of love, peace and forgiveness taught by Jesus, and accepted by both Christians and Muslims, can serve as a unifying force in a troubled world.
    It is the same message of unity expressed by another verse in the Quran:
    “Say ye: ‘We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.'” (2:136)
    Obviously, Muslims and Christians have differing interpretations of the details of the life and message of Jesus. But by focusing on what we have in common, Christians and Muslims of goodwill can help build bridges of interfaith understanding and serve as a counterweight to the voices of division and extremism.
    As the Quran tells us: “O humankind! We have created you male and female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.” (49:13)

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