Love thy Neighbour

A statement by 138 Muslim scholars (including grand muftis from most of the world’s Islamic nations) appealing to Christian leaders to start a sort of strategic dialogue is making the rounds on the news this week. The statement recognises the huge representation of world population that is comprised by the two religions (Christianity claims one-third and Islam one-fifth of the world total) – “If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake.”

The suggested basis for the dialogue is what is known to us Christians as the basic commandment: “Love thy neighbour as thyself”. A wonderful starting point indeed and the christian world already seems to be taking note. This exchange of ideas – if it gathers momentum – has great potential and could be a turning point in the inter-faith relations and also in the wider political world.

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One response to “Love thy Neighbour

  1. This is positive news indeed but I’m afraid it will quickly be archived in the “utopian section” of history. Historically these two religions have been shown to be incompatible.

    More than for their actual doctrines, they are incompatible for the diversity of the cultures that enshrine them. That it is why such diametrically opposite cultures should not be mixed, the combination could be truly explosive……..

    Nevertheless, it is a pity that the masses should wage war for such stupid and illusionary motifs.

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