26th of June 2010 she came to the City Hall in the Italian city of Siena, to be blessed in Church by Archbishop Antonio Buoncristiani.

The Muslim version of Catholic Mary, with verses from the Koran, in the Italian city of Siena.

This is the “Virgin Mary’s face”, in Arabic. The title is from the 19th chapter of the Koran, which is dedicated to the Madonna. In her crown, an Arab crescent, the symbol of Islam, is placed on one side of the cross. The Star of David, the symbol of Judaism, is on the other side.

The Italian artist Alì Hassoun, (46) was born in Lebanon, but moved to Italy in 1982, where he gained citizenship.

Banner to be blessed in Church

The banner was presented at City Hall of Siena on June 26, more than six months after its design was commissioned by the local administration.

Antonio Buoncristiani is the Archbishop of Siena

The banner is made for the Palio, a horse race held on July 2. The name of the race is Palio di Provenzano, in honour of Madonna di Provenzano, who has a church in Siena.

The archbishop of Siena, Colle Val d’Elsa and Montalcino, Msgr. Antonio Buoncristiani, noted that the representation had to resemble the face of the Madonna of Provenzano, to whom this July’s race is dedicated.

Monsignor Buoncristiani said he appreciated Mr. Hassoun’s banner in its entirety, but asked that in the future his office be shown the preliminary sketch so it could give an opinion on its religious aspects because it is blessed and shown in church.

Source: The New York Times.

My comment:

Catholic and Muslim “Virgin Mary” born without sin.

From EWTN, Global Catholic TV-Network.

Nevertheless, in a famous Hadith attributed to the Prophet, it is affirmed that: “Every child is touched by the devil as soon as he is born and this contact makes him cry. Excepted are Mary and her Son”. From this Hadith and from verses 35-37 of Sura III, Moslem commentators have deduced and affirmed the principle of Mary’s original purity.

God, in fact, according to the Koranic text, granted the wish of Anna who consecrated to him Mary, about to be born, and the One to whom she would give birth (III, 37). God predestined Mary and purified her, raising her above all women (III, 45).

To the radical opposite of this interfaith message, The Bible says all human beings are sinners:

The Bible warns us not to make anyone the “Queen of Heaven”.The crown exposes the great prostitute.

1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

But not the great prostitute. She was without sin, and has been elevated. She also has a “son”, a false Messiah. A copy-cat.

What does the Bible say about the great prostitute?

Revelation 17:1

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.

Revelation 17:5


Revelation 19:2

for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

Read more about the Catholic-Islamic interfaith agreement on Catholic Mary.

First published: 12.07.2010.

Written by Ivar