Christian Church Welcomes Muslim Worshippers

Christian Church Welcomes Muslim WorshippersOn a bitterly cold and snowing afternoon in Aberdeen, the doors of St John’s Episcopal Church are open to hundreds of Muslim worshippers, arriving for daily prayers.

The familiar sounds of Christian hymns have been replaced with Islamic prayer in the chapel this Friday lunchtime and the church priest with the imam from the neighbouring mosque. Muslims from the Syed Shah Mustafa Jame Masjid mosque next door share this church with Christian worshippers up to five times a day.

‘True to his faith’

The rector at St John’s has opened his doors to Muslims because there was not enough space for them to pray in their own mosque and many were forced to worship outside on the street.

The Reverend Isaac Poobalan, who grew up in Southern India surrounded by Islam, said he would not have been true to his faith if he did not help his neighbours.

Reverend Poobalan adds: ”I felt very distressed when I saw my neighbours praying out in the cold and I knew I needed to do something to help… I know I cannot solve the world’s problems, but when there is a problem I can solve, I will.”


‘Respect each other’

Reverend Poobalan asked his congregation for permission to open the church doors to Muslims. At first, Muslims were reluctant to accept the invite, but they have now settled in well into their new home.

Christians believe Jesus is the son of God, while Muslims regard him as a prophet. But despite these differences, there does not seem to be any tension in St John’s Church, with both faiths having learnt to respect each other.

What can you say about this prayer and worship setup between Christians and Muslims? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: Salam World

Agnieszka Radwanska Dropped As Catholic Spokesperson Over Nude Photoshoot

Agnieszka Radwanska Dropped As Catholic Spokesperson Over Nude PhotoshootWhile largely well-received in America, a particular ESPN The Magazine photo shoot is drawing overseas.  After appearing in a photo spread for the “Body Issue,” Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska has been dropped as spokesperson by a Catholic group in her home country.

‘Immoral behavior’

Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade) is not happy with Radwanska’s decision to go nude for the magazine, and according to Sports Illustrated‘s Ryan Glasspiegelhas relieved the No. 4 women’s tennis player in the world of her duties as an advocate for the organization. Via Agence France-Presse:

While not explicit, the nude has proven too much for [Youth Crusade], which runs a campaign with the slogan “I’m not ashamed of Jesus.” The young Catholics, who claim more than a million followers, dropped the 24-year-old tennis star last week for what they said was “immoral behavior” in the ESPN spread.


‘Nothing explicit’

The image that has the group miffed is the shot of the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist poolside, clutching tennis balls in a carefully positioned shot. As stated, nothing explicit is showing, but in a country where 90 percent of the population identifies themselves as Catholic, the image caused enough of an uproar.

The group released an announcement on its website explaining its decision to distance itself from Radwanska.

“Personally I am very sorry that someone declaring herself to be on the side of Jesus has at the same time played up to the mentality of those who treat people as just a thing to be looked at,” Father Marek Dziewiecki said in the group’s official statement.

What is your view regarding Agnieszka Radwanska’s nude photoshoot? Was Youth Crusade right in dropping her as their spokesperson?

Source: Dan Carson | Bleacher Report

Image: Swishost