Muslim View of Jesus on British TV

British public service network ITV will air on Sunday, a documentary about how Muslims view Jesus and the story of his crucifixion from an Islamic perspective.

Muslim View of Jesus on British TV

British public service network ITV will air on Sunday, August 19, a documentary about how Muslims view Jesus and the story of his crucifixion from an Islamic perspective.

"Jesus was such a prominent figure in Islam but most people don't know that," Melvyn Bragg, who commissioned and narrated the one-hour documentary, told the Guardian on Saturday, August 18.

"I was fascinated by the idea ...," added Lord Bragg, who was raised up as Anglican.

The documentary will feature interviews with scholars and historians about Muslims' view of Jesus.

Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.

In the Noble Qur'an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).

As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.

Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.

The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.

Spiritual Side

Director and producer Irshad Ashraf said the documentary is an attempt to highlight the spiritual side of Islam.

"Jesus is loved and respected by Muslims and he's one of the most important prophets in our religion," he said.

Ashraf has tried to bring in representatives of the mainstream Anglican and Catholic groups to take part in the footage.

But nobody was available, he said.

Philip Lewis, the Bishop of Bradford's aide on inter-faith issues, urged both Muslims and Christians to take advantage of a "worthwhile contribution to understanding a complex issue".

But the documentary has drawn fire from some British Anglican leaders.

Patrick Sookhdeo, an Anglican canon and spokesman for the Barnabas Fund, said the Muslim denial of Jesus's divinity was "unacceptable".

"On the last day the Qur'an says Jesus will destroy all the crosses. How can we praise that," he said.

The Anglican leader accused the documentary broadcasters of double standards.

"How would the Muslim community respond if ITV made a program challenging Muhammad as the last prophet?" he asked.

According to the Noble Qur'an, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the "Last Prophet".

This means that prophethood has come to an end by the last and final Prophet and there will be no other Prophet to come after him.


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