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Worshipping Allah at the Jesus Christ Mosque

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 6, 2008 | 8:16 pm

In Israel, Jesus Christ had his tomb. On Broadway, his play. And now in Jordan, God’s son has his own mosque:

A mosque named after the central figure of Christianity is the latest milestone of interfaith coexistence in Jordan.

Both Muslim and Christian leaders expressed delight when the Jesus Christ Mosque opened a few months ago in the tranquil town of Madaba, 30 km south of the capital, Amman.

‘This is a message to the world that Muslims consider Jesus Christ their own messenger because he informed humanity beforehand that the Prophet Mohamed was coming,’ the mosque’s prayer leader, Belal Hanini, told DPA.

‘It also proves that Islam is a religion of tolerance and has nothing to do with extremism,’ he said.

Not really sure how naming a mosque after a figure whom Muslims consider their own prophet “proves” anything. But it’s still kind of interesting.

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