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Muslims tell Christians: ‘Make peace with us or survival of world is at stake’; (Is this just a nicely put threat to infidels as any non-Muslim is considered to be?)

(Evening Standard) Prominent Muslim scholars are warning that the “survival of the world” is at stake if Muslims and Christians do not make peace with each other.

In an unprecedented open letter signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars from every sect of Islam, the Muslims plead with Christian leaders “to come together with us on the common essentials of our two religions.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Pope Benedict are believed to have been sent copies of the document which calls for greater understanding between the two faiths.

The letter also spells out the similarities between passages of the Bible and the Koran.

The Muslim scholars state: “As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them – so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes.”

The phrasing has similarities to the New Testament passage: “He that is not with me is against me” – a passage used by President George Bush when addressing a joint session of Congress nine days after 9/11.

The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, a non-governmental organisation based in Amman, Jordan, has organised the letter.

The Institute said: “This historic letter is intended by its 138 signatories as an open invitation to Christians to unite with Muslims over the most essential aspects of their respective faiths – the principles of love of one God and love of the neighbour.

“It is hoped that the recognition of this common ground will provide the followers of both faiths with a shared understanding that will serve to defuse tensions around the world.”

It continues: “Finding common ground between Muslims and Christians is not simply a matter for polite ecumenical dialogue between selected religious leaders.

“Together they (Muslims and Christians) make up more than 55 per cent of the population, making the relationship between these two religious communities the most important factor in contributing to meaningful peace around the world. If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace.”

Among those launching the letter in the UK will be David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, and Fellow of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and founding director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme.

Aref Ali Nayed, a leading theologian and senior adviser to the Inter-Faith Programme, will also take part at the event in central London.

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October 11, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

8 Comments »

  1. hi i read this article with some interest. I am NOT a religious person and the thought of a god presiding over things is quite frankly unbelievable to me. What i find remarkable is people who do not understand that fundamentally christianity and muslim are very similar you believe in the same god and the world being created in the same way. The only and main difference is that the muslims still practice their beliefs using the original translation of the bible and they also believe that jesus was not the son of god. This sort of headline to grab attention only does harm to world peace. If i had not taken the time to read your article i would have seen the headline and thought damn muslims starting again. But actually all they are saying is we need to find a common peace to survive in peace.

    Comment by rbno2 | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. Well,

    THe dingle berry above seems to ahem not no a damn thing about anything including theology and theological history which explains why he is not only a menace to himself, but also to society as he partakes in his blind assumption that somehow without knowledge, he has figured out his viewpoint on 2 religions that do not have much in common.Like myslef and this numb nut wacko. Totally cluless to reality and as ignorant as dirt.

    Comment by Toooldledoo | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. Well,

    Toooldedoo, you sure told him off in a completely unconstructive way. I am guilty of doing what you did, but in the end you just made yourself feel superior. So very pointless, don’t you think?

    Comment by pgwarner | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. THE MOSLEM SHOULD LEARN HOW TO TOLERATE PEOPLEOF THE OTHER RELIGION.THINK OF ANY BAD,UGLY AND STUPID ACT,THEY ARE ALWAYS THE PEPERTRATOR.
    CHRISTIAN TOO ALWAY BRACE UP FOR THEIR ATTACK AND COUNTER ATTACK.
    WESTERN NATIONS AND RUSSIAN SECRET ARMS AND TECHNOLOGY DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE SHOULD STOP.MOST OF THEM DON’T MANUFACTURE THESE WEAPONS.THERE IS NEED FOR CHECKS ON THE MOVEMENT OF THESE TWO THINGS.

    Comment by NICHOLAS OYENIYI | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. well toooldledoo these 2 religions have nothing in common?????????
    go check your facts before you open your mouth my friend

    Comment by rbno2 | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him). They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary). The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

    (Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God). He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be). God creates what He wills. If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:45-47)

    Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother. God has said:

    The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam. He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being. (Quran, 3:59)

    During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles. God tells us that Jesus said:

    “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission. I heal the blind from birth and the leper. And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission. And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses….” (Quran, 3:49)

    Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified. It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him. And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man. Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus. God has said:

    …They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)… (Quran, 4:157)

    Neither Muhammad nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.

    Comment by rbno2 | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  7. sound similar to any christian belief?????
    ha

    Comment by rbno2 | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  8. Creation
    The Quran: “Praise be to God, who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light.” Sura 6:1

    The Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen.1:1

    Good deeds
    The Quran: “If you declare your charities, they are still good. But if you keep them anonymous, and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and remits more of your sins.” Sura 2:271

    The Bible: “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matth.6:3-4

    Hell
    The Quran: “Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously.” Sura 4:56

    The Bible: “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Rev.20:15
    “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practise magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.” Rev.21:8

    Comment by rbno2 | October 14, 2007 | Reply


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