A Christian Response to Irresponsible Tweets from the WH purporting to show a Muslim attacking a statue of the Virgin Mary

By Dr. David D. Peck, WordForPeace.com

In 2004 I had the privilege of living in Egypt withe my wife. We visited the beautiful Sultan Hasan Mosque in Cairo, where I had the opportunity to converse for about an hour with the Imam, Sharif Muhammad bin Muhammad. When Imam Muhammad learned that I am Christian, he chose to share a reading from the Qur’an concerning Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We are seen reading that chapter together.

In light of recent irresponsible and unrepresentative tweets from the WH purporting to show a Muslim attacking a statue of the Virgin Mary, I thought that I would begin this Christmas Season by sharing this photo of my discussion with Imam Muhammad in Cairo while we read the words of the Qur’an: Surah Maryam (The Chapter Concerning Mary):

[Gabriel said to Mary] “I am but the messenger of your Lord, sent to give you tidings of a pure boy.” Mary said, “how can I bear a boy, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?” Gabriel said, “It will be as your Lord has decreed:” God said, “It is easy for Me. I will make the boy a Sign to the people, and a Mercy [to them] from Me. I have decreed it.” (Qur’an 19:19-21, my translation into what I consider to be readable English).

Mary’s purity and chastity, together with the miracle of the virgin birth, are both declared in this passage. I have spoken to hundreds of Muslims from around the globe about Mary, Jesus, and the virgin birth. Each conversation demonstrated the deep respect for Mary, and for the Jesus––the boy who was sent to mankind as a Divine Sign, and as a Mercy to all mankind.

I thought that my witness my be of more value than you-know-who’s witlessness. Know that Mary and Jesus are valued and respected in Christianity and Islam. Although both religious systems will differ in other ways, they agree in this.


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