David Powell says:
October 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm
I will try to start some discussion from both sides of the pond, by asking this question -How does your religion and culture encourage peace between people?
Zahra Karimi says:
January 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm
This comes from the Book “Jesus, Mary and Christianity Islamic Perspective”, By Mohammad Ali shomali. (Translated)
Islam like other Abrahamic faith believes in unity of God. God is ONE; He has no partner and there is nothing like Him. The obvious result of this conception of God is that the universe must be harmonious and consistent. This harmony and consistency in the divine creation extends to His revelations. Divine messages communicated to the people through His messengers are to be harmonious too. If they are revealed by the same God to the recipient (human beings) who have the same nature and the same fundamental needs in order to show them the path towards the best possible perfections and happiness, they must be similar in nature and identical in essence. Of course, depending on varying conditions and factors some details may change.
Thus, Muslims believe in conformity of all divine revelations and prophecies. They confirm and believe in all the Prophets and consider all believers in God to be members of the same community of faith. Unity of God manifests in unity of His revelations and must be echoed in unity of all believers in God.
One of the best means of achieving this unity and brotherhood is to know each other, to overcome historical prejudices that prevent objective understanding between each other and to build upon commonalities.
The Holly Qoran as Muslims’ book is a revelation from the Lord of the world. It has been protected through whole last FOURTEEN centuries and is considered as the reliable source for Muslims all over the world.
Some sentences from the Qoran put great emphasis on the unifying of the Prophets, their scriptures and their missions, such as:
“We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” (2:285)
Among Prophets, some are more outstanding. Jesus was one of the five greatest prophets. “Mary was chosen above women of the world.” (3:42)
From Islamic perspective Jesus and Mary are respected highly in Islam. On the other hand about Muslim-Christian relations, the Qoran shows great affections for the Christians because of their humility, their search for truth and their sympathy with the Muslims. For example, we read in the Qoran:
“…and you will find the nearest among men in love to the believers (to be) those who say: “We are Christians:” because they are not arrogant. When they listen to that which has been revealed unto the Messenger, [Mohammad] you see their eyes overflow with tears because of their recognition of the Truth.” (5:82&83)
It is clear now that Christians and Muslims are very close to each other; they share a lot and there is no reason why there can not be a strong sense of unity between them. Indeed, there are many reasons that call on them to come together and to work together for the betterment of mankind.