At the Victoria Park Carol Service at St Chrysostom’s we are delighted to welcome a huge variety of people and we are so pleased to welcome people of differing world faiths. This year was no exception. We were pleased that among Muslim friends present was local Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar who told us, in the service, a little about Jesus in the Qu’ran, and the importance of celebrating diversity.
Here is an extract from what Rabnawaz said at the service:
The ‘Qu’ran talks a great amount about Jesus. In the
Qur’an, Jesus is referred to in over 90 verses in 15 chapters.
Islam corroborates that Jesus was born to a virgin, was sinless and performed
For example… Chapter 3 Verse 46: He (Jesus) will speak to the people in the cradle and
in maturity and will be of the righteous
Chapter 3 Verse 59: Indeed, the example of Jesus to God is like that of
Adam. He created him from dust; then he said to him, “Be,” and he was
The Qu’ran instructs Muslims to be acquainted with other nations and have good relations.
Chapter 49 Verse 13: O Mankind, indeed We have created you from male and
female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.
Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of
According to this verse it is imperative to know other cultures and
communicate with them. This verse establishes an important concept: that it
is God Himself who “made us into nations and tribes” and so it is the will
of God to have diversity. We as humans have to celebrate this diversity and
see it as flowers of different colours. Each one adds more beauty and
compliments the others.