Epiphany service at Scottish cathedral includes singing of Koran verse denying Jesus' divinity

A cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland held an Epiphany service which included the singing of a passage from the Koran denying the divinity of Jesus Christ.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Kim Traynor)Interior of St Mary's Cathedral (Episcopal). 18 March 2014.

A video of a Eucharist service at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral shows a girl singing the passage from Surah 19 in the Islamic style during the feast of the Epiphany. The passage from the Koran declares that Jesus was not the Son of God and adds that He should not be worshipped, Breitbart notes.

In addition, the passage talks about Mary being "ashamed" after she gave birth to Jesus. It also includes the baby Jesus miraculously speaking and saying, "And lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him. That is the right path."

In a Facebook post, the cathedral praised the Epiphany service as a "wonderful event" which reminded Christians that they are not the only ones who honor Jesus. The same post revealed that members of two Muslim communities were present during the recital. However, both the Facebook post and the YouTube video have since been taken down and are no longer available online.

Responding to the singing of the Islamic passage at the Scottish cathedral, top British evangelical leader Michael Nazir-Ali issued a statement condemning the practice. He also called on authorities of the Scottish Episcopal Church to impose disciplinary action on those responsible for the "ill-advised invitation," Christian Today relays.

"Christians should know what their fellow citizens believe and this can include reading the Qur'an for themselves, whether in the original or in translation," said Nazir-Ali in his statement. "This is not, however, the same thing as having it read in Church in the context of public worship."

Moreover, Nazir-Ali described the act of reading a passage from the Koran in church and on the Feast of the Epiphany as insensitive. He explained that the event celebrates Jesus Christ's manifestation to the gentiles, his baptism, and his divinity.