London church hosts Muslim service; vicar joins in, invoking ‘love for Allah’

London church hosts Muslim service; vicar joins in, invoking ‘love for Allah’

Church traditionalists have reacted with shock to a full Islamic service being held in a major London church, with the Church of England vicar proclaiming his love for Allah. …

[T]his is thought to be the first time a full Muslim service has been held inside an active church in England.

The event, which was held to celebrate International Women’s day, was organised through the ‘Inclusive Mosque Initiative’, and has been criticised not only for breaking canon law but for insulting the struggle of persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. Proceedings were kicked off with the Islamic call to prayer, followed by talks and worships, with the ordinary church furniture cleared away to make space for prayer rugs.

The priests of neighbouring parishes in the diocese fear the church has been ‘taken over’ by liberal interests, with the charge led by super-progressive parish priest the Reverend Canon Giles Goddard. When questioned on the service, he insisted he didn’t foresee any problems, or that hosting Islamic prayer in his church could be controversial, reports the Daily Telegraph. Taking part in the Muslim service, Canon Goddard was recorded saying: “Allah, God, is always with us and always around us, and is within us.

“This is from the Hebrew scripture, so it is our shared, we all share, these great traditions. So let us celebrate our shared traditions to the God that we love, Allah, Amen”. …

In the section of Anglican canon law giving ministers licence to exercise discretion in performing services, the law reads: “all forms of service used under this Canon shall be reverent and seemly and shall be neither contrary to, nor indicative of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter”. …

The church involved [is] St John the Evangelist…

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