A Common Word

In 2007, 138 Muslims scholars and authorities presented “A Common Word Between Us and You,” an examination of the beliefs shared by Christians and Muslims.

These are Muslims of all stripes, representing the vast diversity within the theology. Every major Islamic country or region in the world is represented in this message, which is addressed to Christians of all stripes everywhere.

From the website:

The final form of the letter was presented at a conference in September 2007 held under the theme of “Love in the Quran,” by the Royal Academy of The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan, under the Patronage of H.M. King Abdullah II. Indeed, the most fundamental common ground between Islam and Christianity, and the best basis for future dialogue and understanding, is the love of God and the love of the neighbor.

Never before have Muslims delivered this kind of definitive consensus statement on Christianity. Rather than engage in polemic, the signatories have adopted the traditional and mainstream Islamic position of respecting the Christian scripture and calling Christians to be more, not less, faithful to it.

The idea was that the document would serve to remind everyone that there is always hope for cooperation, and that the Qur’an and the Bible contain the “same two greatest commandments:” Love.

And thanks, Tom, for the link.