NORTH NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. –– Police are investigating the appearance of a large portrait of Jesus Christ found outside a Long Island mosque as a bias incident, cops said Sunday.
Detectives said an employee from the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park discovered the painting of Jesus on a cross around 5:40 p.m. Friday. The picture was found hanging from the property fence, police said.
PIX11 met members of the Islamic Center who said the person or people who did this may not understand what Jesus means to Muslims.
“As a Muslim, I love Jesus. We are told to love Jesus. He actually is a prophet of ours. And a lot of people don’t know this but he’s also our messiah,” Islamic Center member Eydid Ali said.
If true, then what is the problem? Sharia law, that’s the problem. via New York Mosque Calls Jesus Painting Placed on Property a Criminal Offense
In Islam, Jesus Christ is recognized as being a prophet of God, but not the Son of God. Further, the Quran denies that Jesus was crucified.
Hillside Islamic Center of New Hyde Park said a painting of a crucified Jesus Christ was left on the property fence early Friday morning. Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Hillside Islamic Center, told The Christian Post that whoever hung the painting on their property “did not have good intention.”
“He showed disrespect and violated our place of worship,” said Bhuiyan, who noted that this was the first time that something like this had happened at the Islamic Center.
Bhuiyan also told CP that the person should have visited them during regular hours and learned about what they believe about Jesus, as they “firmly believe that the message of love and peace is conveyed through direct engagement with each other.”
A picture of your messiah violated your place of worship? As is usually the case with Islam, something isn’t making much sense.