Greetings, friends! In the West we live in multicultural societies, but there’s no doubt that there are huge misunderstandings between people of faith in relation to individuals who adhere to religions other than their own. 13th-20th November 2022 is interfaith week, so I have a challenge for you!
Christian readers, have you read the Qur’an? If not, this week presents the perfect opportunity to do so. If reading the Qur’an feels frightening or daunting, I would like to mention my short book Discovering the Qur’an which presents a concise introduction to the Muslim sacred Scriptures.
And of course, to my Muslim friends: Have you read the Bible? Do you fully understand why Christians have such a life-changing love of Jesus, and why they devote their lives wholeheartedly to serving him? If not, my book Thanks Be To God presents a concise overview of the Christian sacred Scriptures.
By purchasing one of my books, you are helping me to afford food and shelter, as I am currently homeless. But there is no substitute for reading the Bible or the Qur’an in their entirety. To my Christian friends, I recommend Abdel Haleem’s English transliteration of the Qur’an, and to my Muslim friends, I recommend the English Standard Version of the Bible.
Happy Interfaith Week Everyone! 🙏🏻
You might also say, Christians, have you read the Bible? Most haven’t. But keep up the good work!
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Gosh, do you think so? I suppose there are many who identify as Christian but know very little about the Scriptures. They are just following what their parents did, perhaps. So I suppose you’re right. Thanks for reading and commenting!
I think this is a great idea – I would also suggest reading some Polytheist texts as well. I’ve read pretty much all of the primary monotheist texts, but I find in discussion with others from Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, that very few have read outside their own faith practice, and if they have, it’s often restricted to those three and *maybe* Buddhism (mainly due to the high profile of the current Dalai Lama).
Interesting, as I began my spiritual journey exploring the ‘Eastern’ religions, but God led me to the Abrahamic faiths after that. The Qur’an has a lot to say about polytheism (essentially, that it is a grave sin to worship or join partners with anyone or anything other than the one true God). But you may know this already. In any case, God does whatever He will. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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