South Woodford community centre sends Islamic Christmas card to Queen
PUBLISHED: 13:51 29 December 2014 | UPDATED: 18:07 29 December 2014
A Muslim community centre chairman has sent an Islamic Christmas card to the Queen.
Dr Mohammed Fahim of Qur’ani Murkuz Trust in South Woodford has been spreading the word about the significance of Jesus in Islam by giving out cards to everyone from the Pope and to Her Majesty.
Two card designs by the Mulberry Way community centre chairman depict scenes of Jerusalem and quote verses about Jesus’s miracles and Mary’s virgin birth from the Quran.
The community centre leader is in his seventh year of sending Christmas cards to community leaders and councillors – a method which he believes can bring about understanding and tolerance of the religion.
Dr Fahim said: “Even some Muslims aren’t aware that Jesus is a prophet, and it’s a golden opportunity to get the message across through Christmas. We want to make young people more aware of Jesus’s role in Islam.”
He added: “I have even sent it to the Queen and the Pope and they have written back to me, which is great.”
The chairman hopes the cards will help change perceptions of the religion.
He said: “Islam has been ridiculed by radical Muslims who failed in delivering the message of Islam and we want to show people it’s a religion of peace and tolerance.”
Dr Fahim said of Jesus in Islam: “We believe in Jesus as a prophet of God who came with no father in the same way he created Adam without a father. We believe in his miracles and we believe in his second coming.
“We like to celebrate by reading and talking about the birth of Jesus – telling his story and the difficulties Mary had gone through and her bravery.”
He added: “We want to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a happy New Year.”
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