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Muslim – Christian Dialogue: Where do we start?

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by Rasheed,

Do Muslims and Christians need to enhance their understanding of each other? If your answer is yes, then, how best can this be achieved?

The obvious answer is, by listening to each other. There is just no better way.

The keywords here are “each other”. If all we do is to listen to what we, and our co-religionists think about the other faith, then this is not listening to each other.

When I learn about Christianity, I consult Christian sources, ask Christian people, and read books written by Christians. I try to expose myself to a broad spectrum of opinion from within Christianity. I do not claim to be completely unbiased, but I try not to think about others in terms that they find alien to themselves.

Other questions might arise here including: What can this dialogue achieve? Which topics will be discussed, and who will decide on them?

I do not have ready answers to all the above questions. My own answer to the question about what can be achieved, is “better understanding“. I have no illusion that we will iron all our differences, or come to an agreement on any topic of discussion. My aim is simple, let us know our differences as best as we can, understand each other’s point of view, and maybe world will be a better place as a result; for It is my opinion that, Abrahamic faiths had a positive contribution on the history of Mankind.

When my friend Andrew asked me about Islamic scriptures, I promised him to share a few thoughts on the subject. This, I hope, will give him, and other readers, a better idea of what Muslims think of their faith.

Obviously these are questions that can take a lot of effort to answer, and of course, you can find various opinions and different answers to them. All I can promise, is to be candid, and frank.

I have finished writing my first post on Islam Sources. It is now undergoing final revision, and will appear here shortly.

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Written by Rasheed Gadir

November 17, 2007 at 1:01 am

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  1. Rasheed,
    I am eagerly awaiting this post, my friend. This should be great insight into Islam for outsiders. You have obviously read my thoughts/theories on Islam’s foundations, but I do think a better understanding will be beneficial. I greatly admire your quest for understanding. Perhaps I can respond on my blog with the Christian side of what you post here.

    Andrew

    http://seekingtheface.wordpress.com

    Andrew

    November 17, 2007 at 4:33 am

  2. Salam Rasheed

    you may be interested to know that I am having an ongoing discussion of the claim that the Bible is ‘God’s inerrant Word’ on Andrew’s blog. You are of course welcome to join in…

    Paul

    Paul Williams

    December 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm

  3. Don’t Lose Your Head!

    Four Reasons For the Early Spread Of Islam

    Muslims often cite the early spread of Islam as evidence of its divine origin. While history shows that Islam spread rapidly, Muslims have a distorted picture of why it spread rapidly. For instance, in a popular Islamic apologetic, Mawdudi claims that Islam spread because of Muhammad’s eloquence and conviction:

    When [Muhammad] began preaching his Message, all of Arabia stood in awe and wonder and was bewitched by his wonderful eloquence and oratory. It was so impressive and captivating that his worst enemies were afraid of hearing it, lest it should penetrate deep into the recesses of their hearts and carry them off their feet making them forsake their old religion and culture. . . . He came before them as an illustrious politician, a great leader, a judge of the highest eminence, and an incomparable general. . . . A nation which for centuries had produced not one single great man worthy of that name now gave birth, under his influence and guidance, to thousands of noble souls who were to travel to far-off corners of the earth to preach and teach the principles of religion, morality and civilization. He accomplished this feat not through any lure, oppression or cruelty, but by his captivating manner, his winsome personality, and the conviction of his teachings. With his noble and gentle behavior, he befriended even his enemies. He captured the hearts of the people with his boundless sympathy and human kindness. . . . By his forceful personality, he made a permanent impression on the hearts of thousands of his disciples and molded them according to his liking. . . . Can anyone cite another example of a maker of history of such distinction, another revolutionary of such brilliance and splendor?[1]

    Mawdudi apparently finds it impressive that early Muslims converted to Islam because of Muhammad’s “eloquence and oratory,” “his captivating manner,” and “the conviction of his teachings.” Yet these are feeble motives for conversion: many Germans committed themselves to Adolf Hitler’s political movement for the exact same reasons. Nevertheless, even if these grounds were entirely justified, Mawdudi still presents us with an incomplete picture. There are many other reasons for the rapid spread of Islam, but Muslims are understandably ashamed of acknowledging them. Let us briefly discuss four such reasons. [comment truncated by blog admin because it is plagiarized].

    Leonardo

    October 30, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    • Dear Leonardo,

      I am very disappointed that you submitted a very long comment that you copied and pasted from another website without mentioning the source. This dishonest behaviour is not acceptable on my blog.

      Rasheed

      November 6, 2009 at 12:34 am


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