A group plans to protest near a North Side billboard carrying messages about the Islamic faith.
Protesters are specifically opposed to the message “Jesus is Muslim” that some recently saw on the billboard on Cleveland Avenue. The message did not appear on the billboard this afternoon, however.
The messages placed by the Ask a Muslim organization also list the group’s website.
Members of several Christian churches say they will pray, preach, sing and carry signs on Saturday to promote their belief that Jesus is the son of God who rose from the dead.
“Jesus isn’t Muslim. To insinuate that he is, is a lie, an absurdity,” said the Rev. Bill Dunfee, pastor of New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw in Coshocton County. “Our motive is just simply to defend the church and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Muslims call Jesus a prophet and consider all prophets — including Abraham, Moses and Mohammed — to be Muslims.
“Muslims are Christians — if ‘Christian’ means someone following the teachings of Christ, so by learning about Islam, you are not disobeying Jesus,” according to the website of Ask a Muslim, based on the Northwest Side.
The billboards are a collaboration with the New Jersey-based Why Islam, where spokesman Ashfaq Parkar said the group also operates an information line seeking to “promote peaceful coexistence through dispelling misunderstanding about the faith.”
“There’s nothing wrong with having differences in terms of what to believe, and there’s nothing wrong with talking about them and getting know each other,” he said.
A billboard saying Jesus is Muslim might be “a little overboard” and could upset certain Christians, much like certain messages about Mohammed upset some Muslims, said Imran Malik, an advocate of interfaith relations and president of the board that oversees the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard.
The center is not associated with the billboard or with Ask a Muslim.
Another article pointed to other billboards and the curious timing of the billboards – right before Easter:
Controversial billboards in Columbus, Ohio, reading “Jesus is Muslim” and “Mohammed is in the Bible” are drawing protests from local Christians who say Muslims are “hijacking” the name of Jesus.
“During this most Holy Lenten Season we find the messages on the billboards to be insensitive, dishonest and deserving of a response from concerned Christians. We will be on the streets to proclaim Jesus is NOT Muslim but Jesus is Lord!!”
The man who created the billboard groups had this to say to Muslims about Jesus:
ICNA executive and original Director of the Why Islam campaign – Sabeel Ahmed has written:
“…showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work. Indeed Islam came to tear down the pillars of kufr and replace them with the pillars of Islam”
“Armed with facts on Christmas and eloquent words of Islam, the door of Dawah to the Christians should be wisely open. When the Christians see us restraining from observing Christmas, they will curiously ask us for the reason. This opportunity should be used by each single Muslim to discuss Islam and invite non-Muslims to Islam…a Muslim can’t enjoin in any aspect of Christmas in the disguise that Jesus is our Prophet too.”
Meanwhile, Christians Are Warned Against ‘Slandering’ Allah in Jesus’ hometown and in Africa, Muslims announced in a recent video that they “will enter churches and slaughter Christians” (to spread sharia).
Note: A reader sent in this sermon from an imam in Ohio: The crucifixion is emphatically rejected by the Qur’an.
Islam categorically refutes the idea that Jesus was killed. And, therefore, the idea of Easter is in turn rejected – it does not exist in Islam.
And then there is this: 50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet (in Under Five Minutes)
About 100 stout hearts battled the elements to stand up for Jesus. There is a lot of good info on my Facebook page. We have posted some great moments from the rally…vids of the powerful speakers. It is worth your time to visit and read the reports. Go here.
But the bottom line is that the Muslims took down the “Jesus Is Muslim” billboard. You read that right…THEY TOOK DOWN THE SIGN!!
I don’t think you understand the significance of that statement. We are not some powerful media outlet…we used social media to draw a crowd. We didn’t ask them to take the sign down. We didn’t whine and complain about how they dishonored Jesus. We didn’t beg them to be nice.
We just showed up. That’s it. We showed up on the streets and called them liars. They took down the sign.
It didn’t take a court order. It didn’t require us burning down any building. It didn’t require months of negotiations. We simply showed up. We told them their sign was a lie. They made a weak attempt to defend it. They said “anyone who submits to God is a Muslim.” That was all they had.
We never once asked them to take the billboard down. We believe in free-speech. We made them blink. They took the sign down. Light always causes darkness to flee.