Assir follower Fadel Shaker releases song about Jesus

Fadel shaker jesus Christ song

Just a week before Christmas, a former Lebanese pop star and heartthrob turned Islamist fugitive has released a song about Jesus.

Once adored by women across the Arab world for his warm voice and good looks, Fadel Shaker gave up pop music in 2011, when he became a follower of a radical Sunni Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.

He grew his beard and publicly renounced pop music as haram, or forbidden, in Islam.

The duo have been on the run from since the summer, when 18 soldiers died in clashes with Assir’s supporters.

From somewhere in the shadows, Shaker released a new audio track Wednesday on his YouTube account.

The song, entitled ” Christ is Blessed ,” has already received more than 50,000 hits.

“Christ is blessed and we are all his beloved. He is the bringer of the true faith,” Shaker sings softly, in a style akin to traditional Islamic chant.

fadel Shaker with AssirAccompanied by a chorus that repeats the refrain throughout the four-and-a-half minute clip, he tells of the conception by Jesus’ mother Mary.

“She gave birth to him, she was pregnant from the Creator of the universe, without the sperm of a man.”

Unlike Christians, Muslims do not believe Jesus is the son of God. However, they do believe in the virgin birth, after a miraculous conception.

Jesus is highly revered in Islam as a prophet, and Mary is deeply hallowed, with a sura [collection of verses] in the Quran dedicated to her.

In the song, Shaker also makes reference to the belief that Jesus spoke in his cradle.

Accompanying the link to his latest track, Shaker tweeted: “One is not a true Muslim if one doesn’t believe in Christ, peace be upon him.”

The song was met with mixed reactions, ranging from harsh criticism to praise.

“Christ that you are singing for preached peace and Love not killing… Whether you are doped up, or you are trying to make a move back to normal society by using a great figure like Jesus. Which is a cheap shot. Go rot in hell,” said one YouTube user.

But another said: “God bless you. We are with you.”

Described by musicians in his former entourage as an extremely sensitive and gullible person, Shaker was one of the Arab world’s best loved pop stars in the 1990s and 2000s.

But after a revolt broke out in Syria in March 2011 against President Bashar al-Assad, Shaker joined Assir’s inner circle in Sidon, southern Lebanon.

He adopted not only Assir’s anti-Assad discourse but also his radically sectarian position in opposition both to Assad and the Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, which backs Damascus.

In his mid-forties, Shaker was born to a Palestinian mother and Lebanese father in the country’s biggest Palestinian refugee camp, Ain al-Helweh.

AFP

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Talk about throwing a curve ball! I’m almost lost for words. Maybe they can hear in they’re hearts Jesus’ message of peace and humility instead of violence and pride.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Talk about throwing a curve ball! I’m almost lost for words. Maybe they can hear in they’re hearts Jesus’ message of peace and humility instead of violence and pride.

  • libnan1

    The last thing we need bunch of salafi singing to Jesus. Yeah the Koran mentioned Jesus in a positive way but salafi are far from practicing what the Quran said

  • libnan1

    The last thing we need bunch of salafi singing to Jesus. Yeah the Koran mentioned Jesus in a positive way but salafi are far from practicing what the Quran said

  • Hannibal

    Beautiful song… peaceful… I hope you follow what you preach and stop the violence and win by following the path of Jesus.
    “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev.13:10 KJV)
    Peter actually drew a physical sword and smote a servant’s ear, defending the Christ:
    “And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.” (Matthew 26:51 KJV)
    According to Luke, Jesus then restored the man’s ear: “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.” (Luke 22:51 KJV)

  • Hannibal

    Beautiful song… peaceful… I hope you follow what you preach and stop the violence and win by following the path of Jesus.
    “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev.13:10 KJV)
    Peter actually drew a physical sword and smote a servant’s ear, defending the Christ:
    “And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.” (Matthew 26:51 KJV)
    According to Luke, Jesus then restored the man’s ear: “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.” (Luke 22:51 KJV)

  • Constantin7

    All muslims are coming step by step closer to Christ because he is the ONLY solution, he is the only WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and nobody else. People are realizing the truth after 1400 years of ignorance and killing. Muslims in general love God and want to please him, but the tools that they have in their hands (kuran, Hadith, etc…) do not get them closer to God and do not create this personal relationship that TRUE christians have with God, through his only son Jesus Christ, who said: “Nobody comes to the Father but through Me”. Fadel you’re on your way to freedom….keep getting closer to the King of peace, you cannot but benefit from the ultimate GOOD. Merry Christmas to ALL (Muslims, Christians, Jews and ALL).

  • Constantin7

    All muslims are coming step by step closer to Christ because he is the ONLY solution, he is the only WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and nobody else. People are realizing the truth after 1400 years of ignorance and killing. Muslims in general love God and want to please him, but the tools that they have in their hands (kuran, Hadith, etc…) do not get them closer to God and do not create this personal relationship that TRUE christians have with God, through his only son Jesus Christ, who said: “Nobody comes to the Father but through Me”. Fadel you’re on your way to freedom….keep getting closer to the King of peace, you cannot but benefit from the ultimate GOOD. Merry Christmas to ALL (Muslims, Christians, Jews and ALL).