How can we work together for peace?

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?

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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.

Zahra

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4 Responses to How can we work together for peace?

  1. Zahra says:

    Thank you Mr Powell
    Keep up the good job!

  2. David Powell says:

    Dear Ms. Karimi,

    I appreciate very much this writing that you have shared. The last paragraph is stating much of the purpose of this Blog, to learn about each other’s faiths, our commonalities, and how we can work together to make this a better world for all. This article does indeed help answer the question of how Islam encourages peace.

    Islam and Christianity have stories of some of the same prophets, Elijah and Elisha to name two. I appreciate that Islam gives high regard to Jesus, because as you already know, we see Jesus as not only prophet and messenger, but as God himself who came to the earth and lived among us. He lived as a human on earth to show God’s great love for all of us. Many rejected him, as many now reject God. But God had such a deep desire for reconciliation with all on earth who rejected him that he chose (through the bodily form of Jesus) to live and die as all humans do.

    The life, teachings, actions, and death of Jesus all point to a need for reconciliation of all to God and to each other. The early Christian Church seemed to more closely follow these teachings of peace and reconciliation, but as more Christians gave in to the teachings of their own nationalities, too much of this has unfortunately become lost. However, I want you to know that there are still many Christians who still believe that our faith teaches peace and reconciliation and that everyone in the world is considered to be “children of God.”

    There are many common leaders and ideas in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. I have come to see us as related, with Christians as being like my immediate family, but Muslims and Jews like my first cousins. While we (Christians and Muslims) will not agree on everything, we can still claim the same heritage (from Abraham) and learn to be good cousins. Thanks again. I would be glad to hear again from you or others on this subject.

    • ecopow says:

      Since both of our faiths teach peace in some way, what are some specific things that we can do as individuals and as groups within our countries to work toward peace between our countries? What would persons in Iran say that we as individual Americans and groups (churches?) could be doing to promote build peace between us? Anyone can respond to this.

  3. Mahmoud Ghadimi says:

    How can we work together for peace?
    I really liked the idea of working together for peace to have a safe and pleasant nation
    I’m here to confirm what u think about the media. you have no idea how Iranians like Americans and that they don’t have problems with each other; the only problem is the political issues that runs between the two governments. I believe both Americans and Iranians have a distinguished culture in which they resemble in most aspects.
    hope one day we’re all live together with no racism, discrimination and fears.

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