Imams and the Koran Do Not Belong in Church
Last Sunday 21st October, Imam Monawar Hussain was invited to give a Eucharist sermon in St Mary's University Church, Oxford.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Oxford said, '... his presence on Sunday reflects the strong commitment of the Church, University and other faith communities to interfaith engagement'.
Less thrilled was influential Christian blogger 'Archbishop Cranmer', who said the imam 'by his presence in the pulpit [denies] the very body and blood of Christ commemorated by the Eucharist...'.
Such invitations unfortunately aren't uncommon. In fact, church leaders across the country are bending over backwards (rather, bowing in submission) to accommodate Islam.
July 2004, Koran reading in Arabic at Worcester Cathedral
As part of a ceremony at Worcester Cathedral, Imam Hafiz Mohammed Tufaiz read from the Koran in Arabic. It was hailed by the local press as 'a new chapter in history', while the dhimmi Dean of Worcester, Reverend Peter Marshall, said the service was a way of 'asking for God's blessing on our civil life'.
March 2013, Muslims invited to worship in St John's Episcopal Church, Aberdeen
Reverend Isaac Poobalan invited an imam and hundreds of Muslims to conduct their five-times-a-day prayers inside St John's Church (below), 'because there was not enough space for them to pray in their own mosque'.
March 2015, vicar gives Islamic prayer in church
Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John's in Waterloo, London, opened up his church to Muslim prayers as part of an 'Inclusive Mosque Initiative'. He read from Psalm 139, and concluded: 'Allah, God, is always with us and always around us, and is within us. ... So let us celebrate our shared traditions by giving thanks to the God that we love, Allah, Amen.'
January 2017, recitation from the Koran at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow
On the Feast of the Epiphany, Muslim student Madinah Javed stood at the lecturn of St Mary's Cathedral and recited Surah 19, a part of the Koran that explicitly denies that Jesus was the Son of God:
January 2017, Islamic call to prayer at Gloucester Cathedral
Imam Hassan of Masjid-e-Noor mosque was invited by church leaders to deliver an Islamic call to prayer in the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral:
We are never to worship other gods in a house built for our Saviour. My ancestors built this cathedral and to allow a practising Muslim pray to another god is insanely naive.
Another described the event as 'blasphemy'.
Gloucester is around 1% Muslim.
Now the good news...
Fortunately, there are still some clergy prepared to defend Christianity against the predations of secularism and Islam.
Gavin Ashenden, a Chaplain to the Queen, resigned in disgust after the Koran reading in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, calling it 'one more step' to the destruction of Christianity in Britain. He commented:
All we have to do is to ask how many mosques have read out the claims of Jesus during their Friday prayers? The answer is none. Not a single one.
Some churchgoers are also fighting back against the Islamisation of the churches. German Heidi Mund for example, who, when she heard that an imam had been invited to deliver an Islamic call to prayer in the Memorial Church in Speyer, grabbed her German flag embellished with the words 'Jesus Christ is Lord' and headed off there.
She had no plan, but when the imam began wailing, she felt a 'holy anger' rise. What happened next can be seen in this video:
We should try to follow Heidi's courageous example.