May 30, 2006 § Leave a comment
As it turns out I received many emails where people wrote that they had no prior knowledge of the things being discussed here at “Wa Salaam”. This lets me know that “Wa Salaam” is servicing the community in a positive way.
Their emails also mentioned a discussion that I had online with a reader named Lawrence*. The following text is a response to a comment from Lawrence on a previous post entitled “The Jesus Theory (Part I)“,
which has been by far the most popular post on this blog.
“Please indulge me in another thought because what we are talking about is absolutely critical to understanding the current world conflicts, especially those between Eastern Muslims and Western Christians” (Lawrence).This understanding will come more quickly when the question is of Muslims and Christians or Easterners and Westerners for I am a Western Muslim (as Millions of others throughout the West).
“Christians believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. With Jesus Christ (who claims to be God incarnate) as the Messianic fulfillment of God’s covenant. Muslims believe in the God of Abraham, Ishmael, (Ishmael’s descendants)” (Lawrence).
I think that again there is a misunderstanding here and what this blog intends to do is exactly what it is titled. With that said, I will point you to the following ayah (sign) in Al-Quran.
Say: “We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam).” (3:84)
I will also note that by your own admission these three traditions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) are Abrahamic, therefore with this ayah another misunderstanding will be cleared for you insha Allah (God willing).
Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah. (3:67)
*Lawrence should be commended for his sincere questions and concern.