December saw iERA’s Jesus Exhibition travel to the historic city of Cambridge, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge. From Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th December the full exhibition was on display at the Central Library with visitors getting their hands on complimentary teas, coffees and delicious mince pies.
Situated in the central library with excellent foot traffic, the exhibition was seen by hundreds of people over the three days with our standalone dawah table with copies of the exhibition booklet as well as our publication, Jesus – Man, Messenger, Messiah having to be restocked multiple times a day.
As the exhibition took place in the central library in Cambridge, it attracted a range of people from a number of different religious and ethnic backgrounds. One Christian Pastor commented that “He’s happy to see this type of engagement from the Muslim community at this time of year.”
Being a University City, a number of the visitors to the exhibition were academics from a wide range of disciplines. One Italien academic with a Masters in theology spent almost an hour with us exploring every section of the exhibition. She also sat for 25 minutes, engrossed in listening to the 19th Chapter of the Qur’an – the chapter about Mary, Mother of Jesus. She remarked that from her study of all the Abrahamic faiths, only Muslims know about, and want to share the commonalities about their belief in Jesus. She was overwhelmed that we had created this platform to bring people together and left with multiple copies of all our materials, making sure to take extra to send to her son in Italy who was studying to be a priest.
Richard, who is a working-class Cambridge native born and bred said doesn’t normally come up to this level of the library, but after being invited to explore it, with the possibility of a free cuppa and mince pie, he was happy to come along. With tea in hand, his discussion with Murtaza here was long and varied: life, family, work, religion and other topics. He felt that there is a great amount of selfishness in the world. People don’t care or spend quality time with each other. In this regard, he was genuinely appreciative and spent almost an hour happily exploring the Jesus Exhibition and listening to a recitation of the Quran.
Another guest to our Jesus Exhibition in Cambridge was overjoyed with the exhibition, especially when learning about how Islam views Jesus. Before he left, he admitted that the exhibition will most probably keep him up tonight thinking about the message. He said, “I never normally come to the Library in the afternoon on Saturday, but something about your message drew me in.”
Would you like to arrange the Jesus Exhibition to come to your area? Get in touch via www.iera.org/request. You can also view the entire exhibition online at iera.org/jesus