... and therefore Muslims should allow the sign of the Cross to be hoisted in every Christian church in the Middle East!
|Shroud of Turin (Source: Wikipedia)|
“We decided to come as a sign, to say that we are citizens of this country and city. The Shroud draws Christians and Muslims, and in a world marked by division, it invites us to be brothers.”
The Holy Shroud of Turin is believed to be the original linen used to wrap the dead holy body of Jesus when he was condemned to die by Jewish leaders and elders "making himself equal with God" (John 5:18) and was severely tortured and executed by Roman soldiers-- dying a shameful death-- death on the Cross (Phil. 2:8).
Had the Muslims finally accepted the TRUTH about JESUS CHRIST (Eesa El-Mesih - يسوع المسيح ) who actually DIED and ROSE AGAIN as he foretold?
Had they gone directly in opposition to Muhammad, their prophet's prohibition to acknowledge the claim of Christians that Jesus DIED a HUMILIATED KIND OF DEATH and therefore nullifying the Doctrine of the Cross we Christians preached with our lives and that the Bible is a corrupted book, therefore unworthy of their reverence?
If that's the case then Alhamdulillah - الحمد الله (Thanks be to God!) Allahu Akhbar!
But the Quran claims otherwise...
That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”—but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not—nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.” (Qur’an, 4:157-158, Yusuf Ali)
[Read the Irony of Quran 4:157-158]
For that same reason, Muslims forbid Christians in the Middle East (thanks to Vatican State's diplomatic ties with some GCC countries) to hoist the symbol of the cross in all Churches although some Muslim states have approved the building of such Christian houses of worship.
|Roman Catholic Church in Doha, Qatar: Due to the laws in Islamic Qatar, the church displays no Christian symbols like crosses, bells, or a steeple on its exterior (Source: Wikipedia)|
|Roman Catholic church in Dubai (Jebel Ali Village) without bell tower or cross (Source: Wikipedia)|
|Proposed Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain without cross or bell tower (Source: HermitBrother blog)|
But the endless unanswered question remains: WHO REPRESENTS ISLAM? WHO IS THE MUSLIM? Are these Muslim delegation the official representation of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world? Why not the Grand Mufti of Makkah visit the Vatican? And why Saudi Arabia does not allow Christians to build churches in the Kingdom? Why majority of Muslims are still consider Christians as their enemies, KILLING them, RAPING their women, ENSLAVE their children, CONVERT their men, and force them to pay the JIZYA (as dhimmis) or DIE if they don't want to pay or convert?!