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The concepts of right and wrong that show us the way in our lives mostly come from values that are universal to all mankind. Everyone knows, for example, that marriage is sacred or that killing a person is wrong. Being kind to people, helping the poor and elderly are all accepted norms in societies.

The reason why these principles that constitute the standard moral values in societies are familiar to all of us is that they come from religions. There are major religions in the world that have shaped humanity’s understanding of good and bad, even though one may not be religious or have no detailed knowledge of a religion. Religion brings the most beautiful forms of life for people and hence offers peace, tranquility, order and freedom to societies. The Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, together constitute about 56% of the world’s population: Everyone, in one way or another, is acquainted with the ethics these religions put forth.

A single passage from the Gospels is the summary of these values that are in common with both Islam and Judaism.

“You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” (Mark, 10:19)

In today’s world even though various tensions occur, the original nature of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is firmly against war, conflict, terror and anarchy. This is because the essential elements of all these three religions come from their relative Divine books that are all built on love, respect, understanding and cooperation. The Abrahamic religions do not discriminate between nationality, race, gender, one’s level of education and amount of wealth. Believer or not, they respect and look out for everyone.

Jesus is an example in the Gospel of how people should love one another: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John, 13:34)

Our Lord commands Muslims in the Qur’an not to discriminate among the Prophets and what was revealed to them:

Say: “We believe in God and what has been sent down to us, what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes; what Moses and Jesus were given; and what all of the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him.” (Qur’an, 2:136)

Another notable fact in the Qur’an is that believing Jews and Christians are praised and given glad tidings for the hereafter:

Those with faith, those who are Jews, and the Christians and Sabaeans, all who have faith in God and the Last Day and act rightly, will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Qur’an, 2:62)

It is widely known that the People of the Book, Christians and Jews, have lived peacefully under Islamic administrations both in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and later under Ottoman rule. So much so that those fleeing persecution have always sought shelter in Islamic lands and found security among Muslims.

Indeed, the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was the finest example of the character God advised. In addition to countless examples of his gentle approach towards the People of the Book, his letters addressed to Christian and Jewish kings and tribes at the time are still kept in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul to serve as undeniable testaments to his respect and love for them.

History has proved numerous times that members of these Divine faiths have united against perils that threaten humanity such as atheistic and materialistic philosophies, perverse ideologies, moral corruption and degeneration.

What is not generally acknowledged is that there is no hostility against Christians or Jews in the Qur’an. The radicals and some opponents of Islam misinterpret some verses of the Qur’an and use some fabricated hadith to incite animosity between members of these religions.

For instance, the verse below is used by some as a supposed evidence for not taking Christians and Jews as friends.

You who have faith! Do not take the Jews and Christians as your friends [patrons]; they are the friends of one another. Any of you who takes them as friends is one of them. God does not guide wrongdoing people. (Qur’an, 5:51)

In truth, the word translated as ‘friends’ is ‘patrons’, or ‘awliyao’ in Arabic. The real meaning of this word is “guardians, those responsible under the law, saints, lords, owners or rulers.” What is forbidden for Muslims in this verse is for them to come under the rule and management of Jews and Christians; not for them to be friends with them.

As a matter of fact, Almighty God commands Muslims to have friendly ties with the People of the Book in every aspect of social life such as marriage, dining and trade. According to the Qur’an, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a woman of the People of the Book; this is a significant permission because marriage brings two people even closer than kinship, it is a desire to start a family, to spend an entire life and eternity together, to look after one another when they are ill and trust one another. The Qur’an urges such a powerful bond of love between people of these faiths.

The same principle is true for social life. According to the Qur’an, Muslims are allowed to eat food prepared by Jews and Christians, which clearly shows that they are to be trusted. In a similar manner, the way that Muslims are allowed to dine with Jews and Christians under the same roof, as each other’s guests or hosts and enjoying each other’s company is clearly another description of love, friendship and brotherhood.

In a world afflicted by constant war, conflict, moral decline and hunger, all of which result from a lack of faith in God, we, the followers of Abrahamic faiths, cannot accept being responsible for more friction. “Blessed are the peacemakers! For they will be called servants of God..”, states the Gospels [Matthew, 5:9]. Instead of focusing on the differences, we should join forces on the basis of commonalities. It is crucial that Muslims and Christians act together in the intellectual struggle against materialism and atheism.

Let’s not forget: Unity and cooperation bring success, whereas disputes and conflict brings nothing but weakness. The current situation of the world demands the immediate formation of such an alliance between the pious people of the three faiths.

Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) is an influential Turkish author and opinion leader. He has authored more than 300 books translated into 76 languages on politics, religion and science. 

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29 Responses

  1. Stan Gain

    And so the Islamic deception continues. This is absolutely NOT what Islam is about. I have travelled in many Islamic nations and all I have seen is persecution of Christians and Jews. We do not all worship the same God. Jehovah is the living God. Allah is not Jehovah! I will certainly unsubscribe from your mailings if this is the sub-standard level of your outpourings.

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    • James Jonas

      I can extend the hand of neighborly friendship to a Muslim neighbor, to help in time of need. But to say we have a common faith is absurd.

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      • Al

        We all believe that God is the Creator which makes us believers. All atheists help each other to support their arguments against God so why can’t we believers unite??

    • NICOLAS

      Do you see that Muslims are persecuting Christians and Jews? On the contrary they have been persecuted. In Syria and Iraq now in turkey

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      • Al

        Some Muslims like the author Harun Yahya, want to stop this persecution against Christians and Jews. I have recently read one of his articles supporting more Christians and Jews living in the Middle East with the title: “Once upon a time there were Christians in the Middle East”. He has another article supporting Zionism (the right of Jews living in the Promised Lands) with the title: “Zionism: An irrational and misunderstood fear”. Please Google and learn

    • Husna

      I advice you to know more about real Islam based solely on the Qur’an. What you see might be examples of bigotry and it is a dark danger for all religions, not only for Islam. Quran always highlights the love to all humanbeings and to every creature.
      I want to share a verse from the Quran that has also written on the article above:

      Say: “We believe in God and what has been sent down to us, what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes; what Moses and Jesus were given; and what all of the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him.” (Qur’an, 2:136)

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    • Duygu

      There is no link between the real İslam based on the Quran and bigotry. In the Quran Muslims, Jews and Christians are called ‘The People of the Book’ and they are brothers and sisters. In many verses of the Quran Allah commands Muslims to approach Jews and Christians with good will and affection. Those who come from Muslim background and encourages killing and bloodshed misleads people info confusing true Islam with bigotry.

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  2. Tim Blake

    That’s why the Christians are being imprisoned and killed in Muslim lands, and foreigners of the People of the book are sent back if they share their faith, and the Muslims chant “death to Jews” and death to Americans? How did you let this “fake news” on here? I too will unsubscribe from this site if you’re going to promote these lies.

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    • Al

      Tim, this is not fake news. This is an “opinion”, an article of a peaceful Muslim author who promotes peace between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Don’t confuse peaceful Muslims with those “fake Muslims” who are violent and radical. Some Muslims like the author Harun Yahya, want to stop this violence against Christians and Jews. I suggest you reading one of his articles that is supporting more Christians and Jews living in the Middle East with the title: “Once upon a time there were Christians in the Middle East”.

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  3. Tom

    More Islamic trope. Do you people actually vet these articles for accuracy? Of all the inaccuracies, the most flagrant was reducing the Christian Jesus to a mere prophet. But, since the author is Islamic, that makes perfect sense since they plagiarized the Bible to come up with an “Islamic Bible” of their own.
    I’ll be sure to tell my friends to steer clear of “Christian” Media Magazine where it appears the promotion of this Islamic crap has become new message of the day.

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  4. Doug

    The religion of Islam is all about eliminating the western worlds religions and freedoms. CHRISLAM is not where we need to be going. They intend to eliminate all Christians and Jews.

    You guys need to pay attention.

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  5. Jason

    Oh my goodness! The deception of the end times is being promoted by this page!!! Consider me unsubscribed!!!!!

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  6. Randy Bell

    “…God does not guide wrongdoing people.” (Qur’an, 5:51) is stating that non-Muslims are wrong doers. Jesus said [John 14:6 (NLT)] “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” We do not serve the same God, the God of Abraham brought us Messiah Jesus the savior of the world. He died for all men who live in all parts of the world, and says, “Follow me I will make you fishers of men.” There is no unity except in the Good News of Jesus and his death on the cross. his burial and resurrection.

    But anyone who wants to be nice, yes, please be nice to others!

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    • Müge

      The writer dwells on a very important topic; the alliance of the members of the three divine religions is what this world needs most right now. This will be the salvation of this world!

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    • Müge

      With due respect, you misinterpret the verse 5:51. Who says that non-Muslims are wrong doers? Jews and Christians are referred as “the People of the Book” in the Qur’an and they are by no means irreligious. I kindly ask you to make your comments after having some insight about the Islam depicted in the Qur’an.

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    • Yasemin Er

      “…God does not guide wrongdoing people.” (Qur’an, 5:51) . In Qur’an
      wrongdoing people are the ones who don’t belong to Abrahamic religions,who believe in superstitions or fake gods (I exonerate Almighty God) other than God. All Abrahamic religions are prevalent ; all Christian, Muslim and Jewish believers are true servants of God. We precisely see this is a crystal-clear fact in verses. For example;

      Those with faith, those who are Jews, and the Christians and Sabaeans, all who have faith in God and the Last Day and act rightly, will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Qur’an, 2:62)

      Also Qur’an teaches Muslims to accept other religions and prophets. This is a command of God;

      We believe in God and what has been sent down to us, what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes; what Moses and Jesus were given; and what all of the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him.” (Qur’an, 2:136)

      Muslims are even permitted to marry people from other religions (..And permitted to you are chaste women, be they either from among the believers or from among those who have received the Book before you… (Qur’an, 5:5)

      When we are even permitted to marry, an obligation for killing each other, hatred or hostility does not make any sense. Those evil fabrications are contrary to main logic and precise verses of Qur’an. So this is an evidence that other misinterpretations or views belonging to bigotry or traditions are not be compatible with Qur’an, which is the only source for knowing real Islam.

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  7. Zeliha

    Click to watch the video of this transcript” »
    ADNAN OKTAR: The Maiden’s Tower and the Galata Tower are rarely used symbols of the British deep state, but of course these are beautiful districts of Istanbul and they are completely blameless. I can proudly make reference to them. It would have no meaning on its own, but when it is considered together with the other signs, then it becomes clear that they are referred as a symbol. This applies to the Maiden’s Tower as well. It was the place where the boats of our brave people who were carrying weapons to Anatolia during the Turkish war of Independence were halted and then they were executed. Our brave people were taken there via barges and then martyred. Too many tough, brave people were martyred in there. For example, the British police patrolled the Maiden’s Tower. When they saw a boat, they blew whistle instructing the boat to stop. They hauled the boats to the Maiden’s Tower, and tortured our brave people until they were martyred. And then they sent bodies via barges to distant neighborhoods, and after fastening rocks or other heavy objects to their bodies, they would throw them into the sea. This is why there were so many missing bodies among our brave martyrs. There were many missing bodies in that period, and they could never be found. Names such as Ustura Kemal and alike were the people of that era. The British deep state killed many renowned braves in this way. For that reason, the Maiden’s Tower is a bloodstained tower for them. This is also true for Galata; it is a memorable place for them. So, these locations are used as symbols by the members of the British deep state. But, if you see that they also support homosexuality or atheism, it means they are most probably the servants of the British deep state. And sometimes, they do this to ingratiate themselves with the British deep state in the slightest chance that they might be recruited. They do this constantly for very long periods, for example ten years, thinking that they might be accepted among the ranks of the British deep state. They cowardly and dishonorable submit to the British deep state in order to earn its members’ appreciations. Such people have many fake profiles on internet which they praise themselves. For example, they make it look like a homosexual is praising them, or a British deep state sympathizer is praising them. Thus, they try to win the favor of the British deep state. But the British deep state is extremely picky in their recruitment. This is why these lackeys practically beg them to be recruited. In other words, they have established a downright vile system.

    At the time, the Maiden’s Tower was a British police station.

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  8. osman

    Most appropriate explanation to conscience. Whatever anyone say, the most loving, peaceful, clear statement.

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  9. Samet Zengin

    Muslims and Christians are friends. Muslims He is waiting for Jesus. Hz mehdi is waiting. When Jesus comes to Jesus, Muslims, Christians will be brothers. The wars will end.

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  10. Arzu Şeref

    An insightful approach for the solution of the problems the world is facing right now. As believers, we all should know that only with unity we can solve the problems that cause people all around the world suffer. Islam commands believers to act in unity
    and to call the People of the Book to unite in Oneness of God. Thank you very much for pointing out such an important issue.

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  11. Sue

    Thank you for working to bring love and brotherhood when the majority seems to be trying to foster enmity and hatred. I know that the good will prevail. Do not ever be discouraged by voices of hatred.

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  12. Deniz Tba

    Muslims-Jews-Christians, we should come together to fight against anti-religious, darwinist and communist systems. Dajjal wants to eliminate all believers around the World. So, we should be awake against this trap.
    I appreciate this article.

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  13. Betulizgi

    Very impressive article. Harun Yahya, emphasizes a very important topic again that leads a mutual understanding between believers for a better, peaceful world. So valuable and impressive article.

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  14. Al

    We all should support peaceful Muslims like the author Harun Yahya who is promoting the brotherhood between Christians and Muslims.

    This looks like the most practical thing that we can do against the radical Islam and radical Muslims.

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  15. Gurkan T.

    It is fair to say that some of the commenters has no idea about what real Islam is. first Islam is a religion of peace, love, solidarity, democracy. Second Jesus is also our prophet. Third in Islam the Christians and Jews are not considered as wrongdoers, but as The People of Book. So that kinds of articles are so vital to spread the love and brotherhood to the whole work. If Harun Yahya’s these kinds of articles didnt exist it would be harder to tell people the real Islam. lets give hand in hand as Muslims, Christians and Jews for a better world as well said in the articles.

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  16. Yasemin Er

    “…God does not guide wrongdoing people.” (Qur’an, 5:51) . In Qur’an
    wrongdoing people are the ones who don’t belong to Abrahamic religions,who believe in superstitions or fake gods (I exonerate Almighty God) other than God. All Abrahamic religions are prevalent ; all Christian, Muslim and Jewish believers are true servants of God. We precisely see this is a crystal-clear fact in verses. For example;

    Those with faith, those who are Jews, and the Christians and Sabaeans, all who have faith in God and the Last Day and act rightly, will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Qur’an, 2:62)

    Also Qur’an teaches Muslims to accept other religions and prophets. This is a command of God;

    We believe in God and what has been sent down to us, what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes; what Moses and Jesus were given; and what all of the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him.” (Qur’an, 2:136)

    Muslims are even permitted to marry people from other religions (..And permitted to you are chaste women, be they either from among the believers or from among those who have received the Book before you… (Qur’an, 5:5)

    When we are even permitted to marry, an obligation for killing each other, hatred or hostility does not make any sense. Those evil fabrications are contrary to main logic and precise verses of Qur’an. So this is an evidence that other misinterpretations or views belonging to bigotry or traditions are not be compatible with Qur’an, which is the only source for knowing real Islam.

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  17. Yasemin Er

    So, in this time when evil makes all believers rivals and even enemies with false interpretation and superstitions, I really want to thank the author for his call for brotherhood, love and for his clear explanations to demolish evil’s game on all believers.

    Reply

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