Haaz Sleiman, a Muslim actor who will portray Jesus in the upcoming film Killing Jesus, has said it’s an “honor” to play the role.
Sleiman is an American who grew up in Lebanon. According to Christian Today, the actor told reporters that though he practices Islam, he has been highly influenced by Jesus.
"In Islam, we believe Jesus is a prophet and respect him and follow his teachings and put him beside the Prophet Muhammad — a lot of people don't know that.
"As a person who was raised Muslim, it's an honour to play that...Personally, I've been heavily shaped by his teachings," he said.
As for the Christians that are questioning the use of a Muslim in the role of Jesus, Sleiman said, "I cannot speak for Jesus, but I can quote his teachings and he said, 'Love your neighbour as yourself'...How would he react to me playing Jesus? He wouldn't judge it. He wouldn't judge his own enemy...playing this part highlights his teaching in a very nice way."
Publication date: January 8, 2015