"Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word
from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in
this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.'"
Before searching for this quote in the New Testament, you might first ask
your Muslim co-worker, friend or neighbor for a copy of the Quran, Islam's
revealed text. The quote is from verse 45 of chapter 3 of the Quran.
What is little understood, particularly in this holiday season, is that
Muslims love and revere Jesus as a one of God's greatest messengers to
mankind. Other verses in the Quran - which is regarded by Muslims as the
direct word of God - state that Jesus was strengthened with the "Holy
Spirit" (2:87) and is a "sign for the whole world." (21:91) His virgin
birth was confirmed when Mary is quoted as asking: "How can I have a son
when no man has ever touched me?" (3:47)
The Quran shows Jesus speaking from the cradle and, with God's permission,
curing lepers and the blind. (5:110) God also states in the Quran: "We gave
(Jesus) the Gospel (Injeel) and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of
his followers." (5:27)
As forces of hate in this country and worldwide try to pull Muslims and
Christians apart, we are in desperate need of a unifying force that can
bridge the widening gap of interfaith misunderstanding and mistrust. That
force could be the message of love, peace and forgiveness taught by Jesus
and accepted by followers of both faiths...
MORE POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON CAIR 'JESUS' OP-ED
CAIR received the following e-mail:
"Thank you so much for writing a short article about what Christians and
Muslims have in common. I read it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this
morning. It comforted me to learn that Jesus' message of love, peace and
forgiveness is accepted by followers of both faiths. Your words are a
candle being lit during these dark times.