Pro-Jesus ads published by Muslim group

By staff writers
March 24, 2004

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"Pro-Jesus" advertisements are appearing in local newspapers as part of an "Islam in America" advertising campaign.

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is publishing the ads to highlight Muslim respect for Jesus, CAIR-LA said in a press release.

The ad, headlined "More In Common Than You Think," features a photograph of the Old City of Jerusalem with a mosque dome and a Christian cross both visible.

The ad says that more than 1.3 billion Muslims - like Christians - "strive to live by [Jesus'] teachings of love, peace, and forgiveness. Those teachings, which have become universal values, remind us that all of us, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and all others have more in common than we think."

"Like Christians, Muslims respect and revere Jesus," the ad also says. "Islam teaches that Jesus is one of the greatest of God's prophets and messengers to humankind."

The ad includes the following text from the Quran: 'Behold (O Mary!)' The Angel said, 'God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Christ (Masih or Messiah), Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God.' (Holy Qur'an, 3:45)

CAIR-LA said the ad is being published in five community newspapers in Orange County, the Los Angeles area, and northern California.

CAIR describes itself as America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with headquarters in Washington and 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide.

-24/3/04

"Pro-Jesus" advertisements are appearing in local newspapers as part of an "Islam in America" advertising campaign.

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is publishing the ads to highlight Muslim respect for Jesus, CAIR-LA said in a press release.

The ad, headlined "More In Common Than You Think," features a photograph of the Old City of Jerusalem with a mosque dome and a Christian cross both visible.

The ad says that more than 1.3 billion Muslims - like Christians - "strive to live by [Jesus'] teachings of love, peace, and forgiveness. Those teachings, which have become universal values, remind us that all of us, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and all others have more in common than we think."

"Like Christians, Muslims respect and revere Jesus," the ad also says. "Islam teaches that Jesus is one of the greatest of God's prophets and messengers to humankind."

The ad includes the following text from the Quran: 'Behold (O Mary!)' The Angel said, 'God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Christ (Masih or Messiah), Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God.' (Holy Qur'an, 3:45)

CAIR-LA said the ad is being published in five community newspapers in Orange County, the Los Angeles area, and northern California.

CAIR describes itself as America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with headquarters in Washington and 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide.

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