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Muslims, Christians should come together

Posted: December 28, 2010 10:42 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

People are often surprised to hear that Jesus is a highly esteemed figure in Islam. My friend once asked, “Is this a new idea within Islam?” thinking that perhaps Muslims recently concocted this notion.

In reality, Jesus is mentioned by name more times in the Quran than Prophet Muhammad himself — each time in the most elevated regard.

This holiday season, in light of recent polarizing events such as the Burn a Quran Day and the failed Portland Christmas bombing, I hope Muslims and Christians can come together to reflect on Jesus’ statement, “[God] has enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving as long as I live ... made me dutiful to my mother, has not made me haughty,” (Quran 19:32-33).

Muslims and Christians: let us unite in giving alms, caring for our parents and ridding ourselves of arrogance.


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