PEOPLE OF THE BOOK IN ISLAM
Muslims and The People of the Book
The Common Beliefs and Values Shared by Muslims and The People of the Book
Christians and Muslims have a great many beliefs
in common. In the same way, Judaism also shares many beliefs with
Islam. Each of these three regions:
* Believes that God created the entire universe
from nothing and that he rules all matter with his infinite might.
* Believes that God created man and all living
things in a miraculous manner, and that man possesses a soul given
him by God.
* Believes that throughout history God has sent
man such prophets as Muhammed, Jesus and Moses, together with Noah,
Abraham, Isaac, Joseph and David. They all love all the prophets.
* Believes in life after death, the existence of
heaven and hell and the angels, and that God creates our lives in
line with His destiny.
The People of the Book are not just in harmony
with Muslims on matters of faith, but also on moral values. In a
world in which immorality such as prostitution, homosexuality and
drug addiction, as well as a selfish, self-seeking and ruthless
human model are spreading rapidly, The People of the Book believe
in the same virtues: Probity, chastity, humility, self- sacrifice,
honesty, affection, compassion, love expecting nothing in return
The Common Enemies of Muslims
and the Peoples of the Book
Another important factor that draws Christianity,
Judaism and Islam closer together is the atheistic philosophies
that are so influential in the world at present, and the disastrous
effects they have. Among the best-known and most harmful ideologies
of our time are materialism, communism, fascism, anarchism, racism,
nihilism, existentialism and atheism. Many people who have been
deceived by these ideologies' mistaken ideas about the universe,
society and man, and by their deceptive definitions, have either
lost their faith or else fallen into doubt. Furthermore, these ideologies
have pushed people, societies and nations into terrible crises,
conflicts and wars, and inflicted horrendous disasters on the world.
They bear a large part of the responsibility for much of the suffering
and crises that mankind is still experiencing.
These ideologies share a common foundation as they
deny the existence of God: They are all based on the so-called scientific
idea of Darwin's theory of evolution. Darwinism forms the foundation
of anti-religious philosophies. This theory claims that 'living
things evolve as the result of chance and thanks to the struggle
for survival.' For that reason, Darwinism's most important suggestion
is that 'You are not responsible to anyone, you owe your life to
chance, you need to struggle and even crush others in order to survive,
this world is one of conflict and self interest.' That is the social
message sent out by such Darwinist concepts as 'natural selection,'
'the struggle for survival' and 'the survival of the fittest.' This
idea of morality encourages people to be totally self-interested,
ruthless and cruel, destroys such virtues as love, compassion, self-sacrifice
and humility, and portrays all this as 'the laws of life.'
This Darwinist indoctrination is definitely the
complete opposite of the beliefs of the Peoples of the Book and
the message of the Qur'an. Which is why Darwinist ideas form the
basis of a world completely opposed to all three religions.
In the face of this fact, the people of the Book
and Muslims, who all believe in God and accept the morality taught
by Him, need to act together. Members of all three religions must
work hand in hand to tell the whole world about the false nature
of Darwinism, which lacks any scientific foundation and which is
only being tried to be kept alive for the sake of materialist philosophy.
They must wage a war of ideas against all the other destructive
ideologies inspired by atheism (communism fascism, racism) and fight
together against moral degeneration. When that comes about, the
world will soon attain peace, security and justice.
Conclusion: Let Us Unite Around
a Common Word
At a time when atheistic and materialist ideologies
surround our world, it is important to stress the similarities between
the religions, and to work together for our common aims.
In the Qur'an, Allah gives Muslims a command regarding
the Peoples of the Book, calling on them to 'unite around a common
Say,'People of the Book! come to a
proposition which is the same for us and you - that we should worship
none but Allah and not associate any partners with Him and not take
one another as lords besides Allah. (Surah Al 'Imran: 64)
We are issuing the following call to Christians
and Jews: As people who believe in God and obey his commandments,
let us unite around a common word. Let us all love God, our Creator
and Lord. Let us abide by his commandments. And let us pray to Him
to allow us to find the true path.
When Muslims, Christians and Jews unite around
a common word, when they are understand that they are friends, not
enemies, when they see that atheism is the real enemy, the world
will be a very different place. The conflict, enmity, fear and terror
that have lasted for hundreds of years will finally come to an end,
and a civilisation based on love, respect and peace, and built on
a common word, will be established.