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.