By Badru D. Kateregga
Thousands of Muslims and Christians are buddies and worship a similar God. but they seldom witness to one another, and the problems they take care of are profound. instead of an adversarial interplay, Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk pioneer one other way--that of actual discussion among associates.
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We have tried to stick to our self-imposed rule: Don't interpret my faith for me! We believe this book will provide constructive insights for any Muslims or Christians who want to understand the nature of the two great faith communities of Islam and Christianity. We hope it can be used as a basis for discussion and dialogue between Christians and Muslims. We also believe this book would be valuable for students in upper high school, in Islamic and Christian theological schools, and as an introductory book for university students.
Nevertheless we do know He is One. Allah, the One true God, is not far from us, for He is with us always. The Qur'an says, "We (God) are nearer to him (man) than his jugular vein" (Qur'an 50:16). Page 28 Allah is One, and only He is God. He is the only one worthy of worship. Allah said, "Choose not two gods. There is only One God. So of Me, Me only, be in awe" (Qur'an 16:51). All other things and beings which humans both know and know not are God's creatures, and we must recognize that all forms of God's creation are not in any way to be compared to Him.
God is absolute life, which is free from any such need. The Qur'an says, "There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth" (Qur'an 2:255). God is active as the Creator, the Life Giver and Life Remover, the Sustainer and the sole Controller of all His creation. The Names of God God is the Supreme Reality. He has revealed to humankind ninety-nine beautiful names (al-asma al husna) which indicate His transcendent majesty and unity.