Islamic billboard benefits from Australia’s freedoms

Imagine a large billboard in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan saying, ‘Jesus Christ, greater than Mohammad’. Not going to happen.

Happily, Australia is a land of freedom of speech and religion which is why the Islamic group, MyPeace, is able to display a billboard on one of Sydney’s busiest roads, declaring, ‘Jesus A prophet of Islam’.

My Peace also plans other advertisements to join the first on Victoria Road, with slogans such as ‘Holy Quran – the final testament’ and ‘Muhummad: mercy to mankind’

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the organiser of MyPeace, Diaa Mohamed, as saying the campaign was intended to educate non-Muslims about Islam. He said Jesus was a prophet of Islam, who was to come before Muhammad. ”The only difference is we say he was a prophet of God, and they say he is God,” Mr Mohamed said. ”Is it thought-provoking? Yes, it is. We want to raise awareness that Islam believes in Jesus Christ,” he said.

Interestingly, many Christians use the same tactic (referring to Jesus as part of Islamic tradition) in communicating with people of Islamic faith, but with the reverse conclusion. The pivotal issue being not if you believe in Jesus, but who you believe him to be.

Bishop of South Sydney Rob Forsyth, also quoted by the SMH, rightly points out that the Islamic group is free to express their views and if he could afford it, he would put up billboards countering those of MyPeace and suggested atheists put some up as well, in the spirit of engendering discussion. At some point, we all need to make a decision as to whether Jesus is God or just another man.

Another important discussion would be the relative freedoms of people of different faiths in Islamic countries…

Read the full SMH report
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6 thoughts on “Islamic billboard benefits from Australia’s freedoms

  1. I think your article starts off a little unfair. Jesus a prophet of islam is not as provocative as Jesus greater than Muhammad. An equal would be perhaps ,Jesus not the son but a prophet of God. So i think you start off a little baised.
    Secondly,why do people always run to compare “freedoms” of australia to the “limits” of pakistan. Pakistan and Saudi are both very conservative and theocratic states. Why not compare with Turkey,Dubai or Indonesia or Malayasia.

    Besides limits and freedoms of both set ups are unique so why this attempts to compare them by similar parameters?For instance a woman in pakistan can put on a burqa and do everything from sitting into senate to running a business. Whereas in australia it is virtually impossible. But i wouldnt hastily draw the conclusion of women being oppressed in australia.Also christians in pakistan can build several schools in any locality where as in australia regardless of the cries of assimilation every time there is a mosque or islamic school project there is a media circus accompanied by court battles.

    Thirdly this is obviously an attempt to let people know of common values, the belief that muslims too believe in Jesus being the messenger of Allah.It isn’t intented to provoke rather to ponder upon similarities.And the values that are similar one of which is the status of Jesus as the messenger of Allah. Lets just look at it a little rationally rather than sensationally.

  2. Thanks for your comment, there are some interesting points.
    You are right that there are countries with greater and lesser freedoms but I think, if you are honest, you would agree that the likelihood of a billboard promoting the Christian faith in any of the countries you mention is very remote. Christians in all of those countries are under pressure in a way that people of any faith do not experience in Australia. If you are serious about intellectual honesty in this debate you have to confront the issue that for a Christian or Buddhist or Hindu seeking to openly practice their faith in many, if not most, Islamic countries, they are taking their life or freedom into their hands.
    In a country such as Australia, where freedom of expression and religion are practiced, Muslim people may face some racism, some backlash to their development plans, but they do not risk being killed or imprisoned.
    I want people of Islamic faith to be free to practice their religion and share it freely, because that right is the same for people of other faiths. But for an Islamic person to take advantage of that freedom here, and to complain if it is threatened, but to not protest the imprisonment and violence towards Christians in Islamic countries, is hypocrisy at best and morally indefensible.

    • hmm its a delight that you are willing to discuss that matter. so lets get into it.
      you are right about the safety offered by australia to its minority is far better than the situation in lets say ,pakistan. Unfortunately that is true. However, there are two parts to this equation one is that Pakistan is an idealogicial state,its an islamic republic rather than a secular state. So the model of govt is different.It would be like comparing apples and oranges. Secondly the general level of law in order in pakistan is regretable.Its govt fails to provide a secure environment to even its muslim citizens.So the crimes are generally more violent in nature. For instance a redneck here might feel like getting voilent but he will fear the authorities.Where as in pakistan a prejudiced person would fear the authorities far less. Crimes are generally more prevalent their and implementation of law is in worse situation.For an average joe to persue justice is virtually impossible.

      As for the muslim community here not protesting against the injustices going on back home against minorities. I think your conclusion is against a little coloured by emotions. The entire point of the practising muslims migrating to australia is that they have gotten fed up with the governments back home. Contrary to the popular belief the practising muslim migrate here because of the security and peace prevalent in this country.The desire is to co exist,not swap one set of belief for another.The governments back home for most of these muslims are a sore point.They are unhappy,let down and frustrated by what going on back home that includes the situation of minorities and majorities.
      So while i support a secular australia that i migrated to,i donot support a secular pakistan. I want to them practise what their consitution says.I dont think you should consider it hypocrisy. Because most australians donot wish to see a christian australia so its not like i am supporting a drastic change to the australia i moved into.Rather i want it to stay as it is. As for why not a secular pakistan?Because i believe if pakistan became the proper islamic republic that it was obtained for (and please dont confuse that with saudi regime or iranian one either) than that would be a an excellent thing. That would mean that the majority of pakistanis will live in a society that they actively selected for themselves.

  3. Regardless of Mr Diaa Mohameds desires about having interfaith, there is no faith that can claim salvation other than that which can show a living saviour.
    All other faiths aside from that which profess Jesus Christ as Almighty God/Lord/King of Kings..etel have a dead faith ie no living Saviour.
    Simply put… Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose again on the third day, He now resides beside the Father in heaven. Jesus will not be coming for those that have not given their life to Him, and have acknowledged Him as their Lord and Saviour.
    There will be no Jesus as prophet for the muslems nor any other pagan religions.
    Mr Diaa Mohamed you too can recieve eternal life, just do as is written above and this will prevent you from the fire of hell which is reserved for all the unsaved.

  4. the sinister comment sets the tone of expansionism. hmm its a delight that you are willing to discuss that matter. so lets get into it.

    getting into means divulging a core belief in the koran that being that all those who do not believe must be made to believe.

    if this conversation were for example in a pre existing islamic nation then the subtext of such would be appropriate.

    muslims have contributed nothing to the australian ethos, yet are asking this nation to forsake its culture with the assistance of multicultural groups, which it (islam) has no intention of supporting unless islamic. it is asking this nation to give up it’s culture within two generations and believing that it can be done peacefully and with acceptance, is as absurd as the notion that the billboards are not incendiary messages of division.

    as muslims will cry insult for every little slur it is banal tactics by its power brokers all the way to islam’s militant wing to accept that these comments could be ‘taken in the aussie spirit’. australian’s are happy to joke with anyone it would seem, but have been caught napping on such a vile, sinister and insidious religion as is the ‘exportable wing of islam’.


  5. how long does it take to moderate a comment, time for the revolution to come and go and all of us must wake at 4:53 for morning prayers. i published my comments elsewhere because the matter is serious enough to contemplate having opinion heard, rather than just having muslims speak of how engaging it is for us to ‘accept’ as new law the islamic point of view.
    let’s put it into perspective the banner..the banning of traditional australian foods, the ability of islamic women to parade selfishly and arrogantly in attire that is offensive to local people…we’re talking usurpation…and my comments are still being ‘moderated’….this is the trouble with christian values it seems in a world that is at the brink of a totalitarian revolution….too much time ‘contemplating the intrinsic good’ without thinking of the dire straits of the need to have vox populi.

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