St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, is under fire after allowing a Muslim girl recite a Quranic verse that denies Jesus as the son of God during a church service earlier this year.
The service was meant to celebrate Christ’s virgin birth, an event that is important to both Muslims and Christians.
Church leaders tried to promote interfaith understanding by allowing 19-year-old Madinah Javed recite the Quran’s Surah number 19 – Surah Maryam (Mary), a passage that tells the Islamic version of the virgin birth but explicitly denies Jesus as the son of God.
The passage says:
“It befitteth not the Majesty of Allah that He should take unto Himself a son,” and then verse 36, which has the infant Jesus saying:
“And lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him. That is the right path.”
While the cathedral called the reading a “wonderful event” in a Facebook post, others call it blasphemous.
Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, strongly condemned the reading.
“The authorities of the Scottish Episcopal Church should immediately repudiate this ill-advised invitation,” he told Christian Today.
Muslims will say this is how Allah (God Almighty)’s decree works by making the impossible possible.
On top of the Quranic verses, one can also read the Bible itself to know whether Jesus was really a divine son of God Almighty or was this interpolated. It is said in Acts 2:22
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.,”