This is a one-page summary of A Common Word Between Us and You,
the longer document found at http://www.acommonword.com/
prepared by Eunice Ordman for use in interfaith discussions.
(The large document was prepared by a Muslim group in Amman , Jordan,
to promote intefaith discussions with Christians.)
In the Name of God, the
Compassionate, the Merciful
A Common Word between Us and You
Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s
Without peace and justice between these two religious communities,
there can be no meaningful
peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between
Muslims and Christians.
The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part
of the very foundational
principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the
In A Common Word Between Us and You, 138 Muslim scholars, clerics and
unanimously come together for the first time since the days of the
Prophet to declare the common
ground between Christianity and Islam.
LOVE OF GOD AS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT IN THE BIBLE
The Shema in the Book of
Deuteronomy (6:4-5), a centrepiece of the Old
Testament and of Jewish liturgy, says: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD
one! You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your strength.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the
Lord is One.
And you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
And the second, like it, is this:
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other
commandment greater than these.”
LOVE OF THE NEIGHBOUR
There are numerous injunctions in Islam about the necessity and
paramount importance of love
for—and mercy towards—the neighbour. Love of the neighbour is an
essential and integral part of
faith in God and love of God because in Islam without love of the
neighbour there is no true faith in
God and no righteousness. The Prophet Muhammad said: “None of you has faith until you love for
your brother what you love for
However, empathy and sympathy for the neighbour—and even formal
prayers—are not enough.
They must be accompanied by generosity and self-sacrifice.
Without giving the neighbour what we
ourselves love, we do not truly love God or the neighbour.
It remains only to be noted that this commandment is also to be found
in the Old Testament:
“You shall love your neighbour as
yourself: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:17-18)
Thus the Second Commandment, like the First Commandment, demands
generosity and self-sacrifice, and On these two commandments hang all
the Law and the
Thus the Unity of God, love of Him, and love of the neighbour form a
common ground upon which
Islam and Christianity and Judaism are founded.
In the Holy Qur’an, God Most High tells Muslims to issue the following
Christians and Jews—the People of the
Say: O People of the Scripture! Come
to a common word between us and you. (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)
If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at
Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us
respect each other, be fair,
just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual
(extracted from http://www.acommonword.com/)
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