Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims

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International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 2007 - Dialogue - 124 pages
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 Islam recognizes a plurality of religions and asks Muslims to respect other religions. The primary role of interfaith dialogue is to remove misunderstanding and accept difference, the aim being to generate a climate of peaceful coexistence and harmonious social relations. And this is perhaps more needed today than ever before, as mankind is increasingly called upon to exercise tolerance in a markedly volatile world, where living and working together in diversity is fast becoming the norm. Interfaith dialogue is by no means easy, defensive reaction; uncomfortable exchange and an overwhelming desire to avoid a perceived compromise of deeply held principles are some of the pitfalls that can easily cool commitment and the best of endeavors. It is here that this Guide makes an important contribution. The book is designed to guide Muslims who are interested and/or involved in building relations with those of the Jewish and Christian faiths.

 

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Page xi - O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than Allah.
Page 3 - If anyone desires A religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), Never will it be accepted Of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks Of those who have lost (All spiritual good).
Page 2 - It (is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to make it prevail over all religion, and enough is Allah for a witness.
Page xxii - The Fathers of the Church rightly saw in the various religions as it were so many reflections of the one truth, "seeds of the Word," attesting that, though the routes taken may be different, there is but a single goal to which is directed the deepest aspiration of the human spirit...

About the author (2007)

 Muhammad Shafiq is a visiting professor of Islamic and religious studies and the executive director of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. He is also executive director and imam of the Islamic Center of Rochester and an active participant in several interfaith forums. He has published over forty articles and several books, among them “The Growth of Islamic Thought in North America” (amana publications: 1994).

 

Mohammed Abu-Nimer is a professor at International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and the director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute, American University. He is also a co-founder and director of the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice. He has worked for over two decades on interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding in the United States and many parts of the Muslim world. His recent publications include “Unity and Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East” (USIP Press: 2007). (2011).

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