Chapter 9 – ISLAM IS SIMPLE Relationship between Christians Muslims and Jews

 

In the Quran, Christians and Jews are referred to as people of the Book, people who receive revelations.

God says that the Quran is a confirmation of the earlier revelations. The religion is the religion of Abraham. It is therefore not surprising that Abraham is revered by Jews Christians and Muslims alike. So are the other prophets Noah, Moses, Jesus, Joseph, Jacobs Ishmael, Isaac.

I believe the scriptures and revelations come from thTRe same God.

The Onus is on you to read

The earlier revelations Torah, zabur and Injil are the Books Muslims are expected to believe in. Unfortunately there are schools of thought which advocate that the earlier revelations have been tempered with, thus the fear of being misled discourage many from studying the earlier scriptures. Likewise there are Jews and Christians who discourage the followers to read the Quran, the Book written by Muhammad, they say.

I take a different view. The Quran is a revelation to all men. It is not meant for Muslims only.

Everyone is expected to read the Quran. It is your guide your source of wisdom. You are responsible to search for it and read it. You can be enlightened or you could consider it as just another book or those who do not believe.

Assume you are enlightened. With the understanding of the Quran, and a source of Guidance, it is pretty easy to study the other scriptures and calibrate it against your Quran. I use the term Quran Compliance.

Repeat and refinement of earler revelations

Reading the Old Testament, I see the tremendous similarities with The Quran. It strengthens my faith in the religion of Abraham.

I told my Christian friends that The Way to Righteousness in the Quran is a refinement and repeat of the Ten Commandments. I also tell my Muslim friends that I believe in the Christians Ten Commandments. Amongst the conservative ones, the funny looks tell the story.

The major difference is the relationship with Jesus and Mary. To Muslims Jesus and Mary are mere mortals. To Christians and Jews Muhammad was an impostor.

Under that special relationship with Jews and Christians, intermarriages are allowable. Kosher foods are kosher to Muslims.

The excess baggage

Unfortunately many Muslims, Christians and Jews inherit prejudices, untrue political brainwashing and propaganda, negative stereotyping and hatred. There are too many unfortunate incidents in history: the inquisition, the crusades, 9/11, holocausts, events that are allowed to shape our thoughts and actions.

Do you want to be in my fellowship? God ask. Be a lover of truth.

The desire to search for the truth should be the motive of every being. In my case, attaching my self to the religion of Abraham helped tremendously in being free from the excess baggage that many, Christians, Jews and Islamist inherit.

WE are friends

For someone who has many friends of Jewish and Christian faith, beside those of Islamic faith, I had some difficulty in reconciling one verse of the Quran which has been translated by some translators to mean “Do not take Jews and Christians as Friends in preference to fellow Muslims”. Take note of the word friends a translation of the Quranic word aawaliya.

A common God would not discourage men to become friends irrespective of religion! I contend. It took me some time and several translations later before I could find the translations for the word awaliya. WAli is your controller or a softer translation is patron or protector.

Now it make sense.

“Do not take Jews and Christians as your patrons /“awalliya” in preference to fellow Muslims”. That is a wise piece of advice but it does not mean that you can’t.

It would not be wise for a Muslim country to take the Pope or President Bush as its patron. Likewise it does not make sense for Spain to let Saudi Arabia to be its patron and protector.

Notwithstanding, the convention or the norm, Nations and people are free to engage each other irrespective of the religion it profess. Treaties, contracts, agreements govern relationship between man and nations irrespective of religion.

I am ready to engage. You can be a Christian a Jew or an Islamist or Hindu or Buddhist. We can be friends.

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to Chapter 9 – ISLAM IS SIMPLE Relationship between Christians Muslims and Jews

  1. mentor says:

    It’s all about love, sincerity, tolerances, acceptances and respects. Once this is in place, the world we live in is “borderless”……

  2. CoreyKallison says:

    Hi,

    This chapter 9 is interesting. I would like to know where the hindus came.
    What is the realation between hindu with Islam/Jew/Christain. Buddhist is derived from hindu.

    Almost Islam/Jew/Christains are more or less related ,but I am not able to understand where and when and which country the Hindusim was born…..majorly Its in india . From their it is spread into Nepal,Thailand and other south asian countries. The derived version of hindu(buddisht) is spread into china.

    Could you please clarify my query.

    I just want to know more about Islam and at the same time I would likely to know What is the relation between ISLAM and Hindu.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Ckallison
    CoreyKallison@yahoo.co.in

  3. inspigoblog says:

    I am sorry i have taken a long time to respond.
    I was in india last month. in Hindustan, the nation of Hindus. India is the most populous democracy. the country is projecting itself as a secular country BUT you know, walking in the highstreets of Chennai, Bangalore or Mysore, it is HINDUSTAN.

    In bangalore, nightlife officialy stop at midnight. n chennai, the buses are segregated. You realise that it is a deeply religious country. all over the cities you see marriage halls with hive of activities. you realise how religion, plays significant roles in the running of INDIA.

    Your question is on on the relation of islam and hindu. i believe that originally the two religions come from the same source i.e divine revelations. HINDUISM in its original form was no different from islam, revealed before abraham. islam , christianity and judaism is post abraham. I term them as religion of abraham.

    Both , Religion of Abraham and hinduism, bring the message of the supreme being, righteousness, good over evil.

    The difference is in the manifestation of the supreme being. in the religion of Abraham the unity of GOD is key BUT being the supreme being that HE is, he could be what HE want to be, to put it very simpistically. The followers of HINDUISM choose to represent GOD in many forms or images which in the Religion of Abraham is strictly forbidden and unacceptable.

    then there are the many servants of GOD, angels, devils, prophets , sage, and ordinary mortals. Men not only create multiple images of god, other creations of god i.e angels , devils and prophets are also made to be god, even amongst followers of the religions of abraham.

    When the white man landed in some polynesian islands there were natives who thought the man who just reached theshore was GOD.

    THere are followers of Mohammed who revere mOhammed so much to the extent that he is made demi-god. thus you see followers blowing themselves up and doing ungodly things. these are Mohamedans not Muslims or followers of the religion of abraham. Jesus is made to be son of gOD whereas in the religion of Abraham GOD is ONE.

    I believe SIDHARTA GAUTAMA recieved revelation from GOD. He was such an enlightened being that the messenger is now made sacred.

    ABRAHAM was chosen as a messenger because of of his determination to find the true god. mind you he lived in a community similar to hindustan and believers of multiple gods.

    So was Socrates, but that is another story…………

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