Friday, July 21, 2017

UK: Adhan, Islamic call to prayer held inside Gloucester Cathedral causes outrage among Christians


'We are never to worship other Gods in a house built for our saviour.' A row has broken out after an Islamic call to prayer was held inside one of Britain's most historic cathedrals.

A row has broken out after an Islamic call to prayer was held inside the
historic cathedral (Photo: Express)
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By Daily Express | July 20, 2017

The traditional Muslim invocation to worship was performed in front of 1,000 people at the launch of a multi-cultural Faith Exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.

Imam Hassan of the local Masjid-e-Noor mosque was invited by church leaders to carry it out in the cathedral's 11th century Chapter House.

Many worshippers welcomed the "inclusive" act but some traditionalists questioned why a "different god" should be worshipped in such an iconic Christian house.

The Muslim invocation to worship was performed in front of 1,000 people at Gloucester Cathedral

A clip of the call to prayer was initially shared on the cathedral's Facebook page but then taken down as "inappropriate" as tensions rose.

We are never to worship other Gods in a house built for our saviour

One post on the removed thread by Isabel Farmer said: "It's wonderful to be multicultural, but faith is set apart.

"We are never to worship other gods in a house built for our Saviour.

"My ancestors built this cathedral and to allow a practising Muslim pray to another god is insanely naive. What did you think it would do? Encourage them to convert?

"This is why England is on the downslide. Culture and Race have nothing to do with the first commandment as God made all races and he cares about souls only.

"Stand firm Christians. Bring people to the faith by telling them the truth.

"God is the same yesterday, today, forever, so stop with the multicultural appeal and open a history book and a Bible for yourself."

The row spread as far as the USA and Twitter user 'Sir Anglo' tweeted: "Very disappointed that we are desecrating our gems. Gloucester Cathedral is magnificent."

Another Twitter user with the name '& drew' added: "Blasphemy at Gloucester Cathedral as Muslims abuse another 'interfaith' attempt'

Church leaders defended the call to prayer and said it was designed to promote religious tolerance and understanding.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: "The community event on Saturday was to launch an art exhibition, 'Faith'.

"The exhibition portrays a number of individuals' stories and gives a glimpse of who they are as people of faith.
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The incident is the second Muslim prayer row involving a British cathedral in as many weeks.

Last week, a verse from the Koran denying the divinity of Christ was read during a multi-faith event at Glasgow Cathedral.

The Queen's chaplain spoke out against the event and said cathedral should apologise to Christians "suffering dreadful persecution at the hands of Muslims".


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