Amazon chose to highlight a moment of friendship between a Christian and a Muslim in their Christmas advertisement this year ― and it’s exactly the kind of interfaith solidarity the world needs to focus on right now.
Amidst reports that Islamophobia is on the rise in the United Kingdom and the United States, the online retail giant launched an advertising campaign on Wednesday that promotes the message that you don’t need to follow the same religion to be a good friend to your neighbor.
In the ad, an imam pays a visit to his pal, who happens to be a priest. The pair catch up and joke about the aches and pains of old age. At the end of the visit, both coincidentally decide to purchase the same gift online for each other ― kneepads that help them kneel while they pray.
Although the ad is scripted, its stars are real religious leaders from the U.K. The priest is Rev. Gary Bradley, vicar of a church in London, and the imam is Zubeir Hassam, principal of the Muslim School Oadby, in Leicester. .. see more