When a Swedish theologian considers the Messenger of Islam a Christian prophet!
The theologian and secretary of the Bishops of the Church of Sweden, Jacob Weren, sparked a wide controversy in his book (Making room for the other), when he saw in it that “it is entirely possible for Christians to see Muhammad – their new prophet,” considering that “there are prophets and prophets even after the resurrection of Christ. The least of which is in the New Testament, “describing the Prophet Muhammad as” the defender of monotheism, “after comparing it to the Old Testament prophets who testified that there is only one God, and this is consistent with Christian doctrine – as far as he described it -. Note that 60% of Swedes follow the Swedish Church, not to mention the followers of private churches over which the Swedish Church has no authority.
The findings of “Jacob Wiren” explain the extent of his defense of Islam, and his constant demand to change the ignorant and naive Swedish position of Islam as a religious belief – as far as he described – criticizing the public discourse that describes Islam as extremism and hatred. Whereas, in this positive view of Islam, he shares with “Wiren”, many followers of religions in Sweden.
Wiren’s positions are considered a picture of the religious rapprochement experienced by Sweden, which indicates the extent of the interconnection between the three monotheistic religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) – not only between Islam and Christianity – which he called the “Abrahamic religions,” whose one source is God Almighty, which goes back to the Prophet Abraham, who is the father of the three prophets, the owners of these religions. In Swedish schools, the term (Abrahamic religions) or (Abraham’s religions) is used as an illustrative model to show the relationship between Christianity, Judaism and Islam, which forms an early awareness of the child about the acceptance of the other side, and creates a spirit of teamwork and dialogue.
This affinity is also evident in the community; When a mosque, church, or synagogue is exposed to any attack; You see the owners of these religions rush to issue statements condemning; Rather, showing solidarity and sympathy for those affected. And here we mention when some extremists burned the Qur’an in Malmö several months ago; The Swedish Church and the Synagogue were quick to denounce this act. Also when (the Christchurch massacre) happened in New Zealand, and more than 50 Muslims were killed; The followers of these religions were quick to demand protection of the mosques, and they formed a human cordon around the Stockholm Grand Mosque in a message of solidarity with their Muslim citizens. Likewise, when the synagogue in Malmö was burned and vandalized; Muslims and Christians hurried to show solidarity with the Jews, and even participated in its protection. And measured on that many forms of solidarity and sympathy between the followers of these three religions, which make these three religions the basis for the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity that Sweden enjoys.
And based on the findings of “Jacob Weiren”; Sweden, these days, is in dire need of rapprochement between these religions and the intensification of religious dialogue among them. Especially after the growth of the extreme right, and the racist statements of its officials; The most recent of which was what the secretary of the Swedish Democratic Party described as “Islam is a disgusting religion.” Also, after the attacks on mosques, churches and synagogues have increased in recent times; All this requires the followers of these religions to search more for what unites them through dialogue, communication, solidarity and cooperation to confront this racist and extremist tide.