A Muslim and a Christian in dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga

By Badru D. Kateregga

Thousands of Muslims and Christians are friends and worship an analogous God. but they seldom witness to one another, and the problems they take care of are profound. instead of an hostile interplay, Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk pioneer one other way--that of real discussion among associates.

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Allah, the eternally Besought of all! He begetteth not nor was begotten.  (Qur'an 112) A Muslim must believe in One God (Allah). Belief in Allah is the very basis of the al-Din (religion) of Islam. Allah Himself has commanded, ''And cry not unto any other god along with Allah. There is no god save Him" (Qur'an 28:88). Elsewhere we read, "Surely pure religion is for Allah only" (Qur'an 39:3). God Is One No human language is good enough to describe God, for nothing else is like Him. God's nature is beyond our conception.

We have already said that humankind was part of creation and possibly the last being whom God created. Humans were created in a special way. The Lord of the universe bestowed upon them the faculties of learning, speaking, understanding, and discerning the right from the wrong and Page 38 good from evil. Since they alone possess these qualities, they enjoy a specially high status in the hierarchy of all known creatures, both in heaven and on earth. The first man God created was Adam. He was the first human being to appear either in heaven or on earth.

God's mercy for His creation is immeasurable. We cannot imagine or count His favors to humankind. He gives people food, drink, the means of movement, and all the necessities of life. He provides for them irrespective of their behavior. God has created humans in the best form of creation and has given them everything they need for spiritual and physical growth. God has given all this because of His mercy. God is the all-Merciful, and through His mercy persons attain peace, tranquility, hope, and confidence.

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