A Common Word – Muslim and Christian Peace and Understanding

October 15, 2007

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A friend and darvish in Europe sent me the link to “A Common Word,”
the letter drafted and signed by many influential Muslim scholars addressed to the leaders of the Christian churches.

The website allows visitors to endorse this statement about the most basic common ground between the two religions. Unfortunately, fewer than 500 people have done so to date.

It is very important that as many people as possible – Muslims and
non-Muslims alike – signify their agreement to this statement and
encourage the scholars who drafted it to continue their efforts in
finding common ground with other religions and forming a common voice for the overwhelming majority of the Ummah.

From the A Common Word website:

Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.

The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity. The following are only a few examples:

Of God’s Unity, God says in the Holy Qur’an: Say: He is God, the One! / God, the Self-Sufficient Besought of all! (Al-Ikhlas, 112:1-2). Of the necessity of love for God, God says in the Holy Qur’an: So invoke the Name of thy Lord and devote thyself to Him with a complete devotion (Al-Muzzammil, 73:8). Of the necessity of love for the neighbour, the Prophet Muhammad r said: “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself.”

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ u said: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. / And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. / And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)

Please go to http://www.acommonword.com, read the statement and, inshallah, add your endorsement. God willing, it will contribute to a deeper mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims, and a more tolerant world for all.

Spread the word, inshallah.

Ya Haqq!