Welcome to the all new Chrislam-kumbaya-interfaith service @ St John's, Montclair

Allahu akbar!

This Sunday morning, May 22, at 10 a.m., the sounds of the adhan — the Muslim call to prayer — will ring out in St. John’s Episcopal Church Montclair.

New Jersey Episcopal church to feature Muslim call to prayer, Qur’an readings this Sunday


Why Sunday? Why not Friday? How Islamophobic!

“I’ve grown concerned about the demonization of Muslims. I want Montclair to develop an understanding of the religion,” said the Reverend Andrew Butler.

Here we go again. Do the Qur’an readings below constitute demonization of Christianity? Would the Reverend Andrew Butler care to explain why not? Will Montclair’s new understanding of Islam include explanations of these Qur’an verses?

Christians have forgotten part of the divine revelations they received: “From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done.” — Qur’an 5:14

Jesus is not the Son of God: “O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.” — Qur’an 4:171

“It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” — Qur’an 19:35

Those who believe that Jesus is God’s Son are accursed: “The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! ” — Qur’an 9:30

Jesus was not crucified: “And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.” — Qur’an 4:157

And when will the mosque in Montclair feature Bible readings?

“Interfaith Service at St. John’s Parish in Montclair,” by Megan Schaefer for Baristanet, May 19:

This Sunday morning, May 22, at 10 a.m., the sounds of the adhan — the Muslim call to prayer — will ring out in St. John’s Episcopal Church Montclair.While there’s no minaret at the church, the words of “Allahu akbar,” (God is greater) will none-the-less invite both Christians and Muslims to worship side by side.

Which god is greater? Than which other god? These tools don’t even know that the Islamic prayers that they will be hearing are direct repudiations of Christianity.

During the interfaith service, verses from the Holy Qur’an will complement readings from the Holy Bible, including during Communion, embracing the traditions of both religions.Reverend Andrew Butler, Rector of St. John’s parish since September 1, 2010, decided to have this service in order to demonstrate that both Islam and Christianity stem from Abrahamic roots, as well as to dispell negative stereotypes about the Muslim faith.

“I’ve grown concerned about the demonization of Muslims. I want Montclair to develop an understanding of the religion.” Reverend Butler stated.

In addition to Butler, speakers will include Anisa Mehdi, a scholar and journalist who will describe what it means to be a Muslim in America and Abdul-Alim Mubarak-Rowe, an assistant Imam at Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington, a media consultant to the American Muslim Alliance and a journalist.

The Reverend went on to say, “We are trying to find ways to blend our community through religion. It’s hard, but we can accomplish it through this organic event and working together through outreach and other ministries of compassion.”…


5 thoughts on “Welcome to the all new Chrislam-kumbaya-interfaith service @ St John's, Montclair”

  1. * “I’ve grown concerned about the demonization of Muslims.

    They follow doctrines of demons, and thus are already “demonized”.

    Try preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them, if you have any residual belief in it, “Reverend” Andrew Butler.

    “Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation is there between righteousness and lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

    Apostasy such as that of Andrew Butler is a necessary precursor of even worse things to come, including the revealing of Antichrist.


    [On Sunday, May 22, 2011, a worship service respecting and including both Christian and Muslim traditions takes place at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair. The service begins at 10am. Reverend Andrew Butler invited Anisa Mehdi to join him in creating a service that focused on inspiration and illumination.

    This groundbreaking morning will begin with the adhan, the call to prayer; “Allahu akbar,” (God is greater), ringing out in an Episcopal Church. During the service, verses from the Holy Qur’an will complement verses from the Holy Bible. Passages from Qur’an will be part of the Communion service as well. The music of the day includes all people and extols the Almighty One. ]

    * “Allahu akbar,”

    This allah?

    [4.171] O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.

  2. Perhaps the Saint John’s Episcopal “Church” might try celebrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ, instead of “diversity”…


    Saint John’s Episcopal Church: Where Diversity Is Celebrated

    [On one of Montclair’s loveliest streets, Montclair Avenue, sits a beautiful church at the corner of Christopher Street. Outside, flies a Rainbow Flag. Inside, sits Rev. Andrew Butler, who replaced Diana Clark as pastor in September.]

  3. Once again: bridges to Babylon.

    Many try to bridge the divide between disbelievers and Muslims.

    What these people don’t understand is that in order to built that particular bridge, you’d have to convert to Islam.

  4. This is why I keep saying that attachment to religion is not the answer. Your religious elites will sell you out to Islam so that they can stay in power … at least until the Mollusks lop their heads off. You can quote Bible verses till the cows come home, but that just gets you into religious arguments. Forget the “Islam is a wrong religion” thing, that’s irrelevant. Get into educating the dhimwits that Islam is a political/military/”legal” totalitarian ideology that seeks to only convert or conquer. We are way past the petty religious arguments, resolute, immovable, clear minds of stainless steel are the answer. Along with this, politics is not the answer either.

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