From: "Wael M. Ahmed"
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 1996 03:05:25 -0500 Subject: Debate posting After reading Mr. Smith's debate material, I thought about personally responding to some of his online articles. Instead, I would like to offer some quotes from the Quran. Allah, in his infinite knowledge, speaks of the relationship between Muslims and Christians (one of "the People of the Book") in many verses of the Quran. His eloquent words (even in the English translation) are, in my opinion, all the proof anyone should ever need. I have listed some of these verses below with a brief description of each: ===================================================================== HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE OF THE BOOK 2:109. Quite a number of the People of the Book wish they could Turn you (people) back to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the Truth hath become Manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook, Till Allah accomplish His purpose; for Allah Hath power over all things. ====================================================================== FOLLOWING PEOPLE OF THE BOOK 2:120. Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah,-that is the (only) Guidance." Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor helper against Allah. 2:121. Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein,- the loss is their own. ===================================================================== DIFFERENCES IN BELIEFS 2:135. They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (To salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham the True, and he joined not gods with Allah." 2:136. Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." 2:137. So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. 2:138. (Our religion is) the Baptism of Allah. And who can baptize better than Allah. And it is He Whom we worship. 2:139. Say: Will ye dispute with us about Allah, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We are sincere (in our faith) in Him? 2:140. Or do ye say that Abraham, Isma'il Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know better than Allah. Ah! who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah. but Allah is not unmindful of what ye do! ====================================================================== MUSLIMS AND PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, AND THEIR FATE 2:62. Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. ====================================================================== SOME PEOPLE OF THE BOOK'S ATTEMPTS TO DENY ALLAH'S TRUTH 2:69. It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead you astray. But they shall lead astray (Not you), but themselves, and they do not perceive! 2:70. Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, of which ye are (Yourselves) witnesses? 2:71. Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth, while ye have knowledge? ===================================================================== BELIEFS OF CHRISTIANS 3:15. From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done. 3:16. O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary). There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,- 3:17. Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the light,-guideth them to a path that is straight. 3:18. In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every - one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things." ====================================================================== SIGNIFICANCE OF LEARNED CHRISTIANS 5:83. Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. 5:84. And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognise the truth: they pray:"Our Lord! we believe; write us down among the witnesses. 5:85. "What cause can we have not to believe in Allah and the truth which has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?" 5:86. And for this their prayer hath Allah rewarded them with gardens, with rivers flowing underneath,- their eternal home. Such is the recompense of those who do good. 5:87. But those who reject Faith and belie our Signs,- they shall be companions of Hell-fire. ====================================================================== THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT 22:16. Thus have We sent down Clear Sings; and verily Allah doth guide whom He will! 22:17. Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, Christians, Magians, and Polytheists,- Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgment: for Allah is witness of all things. ====================================================================== Wael Mohammad Ahmed E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org University of Kentucky Phone/Fax: (606) 273-3122 College of Agriculture Lexington, Kentucky USA If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would be spent before the Words of my Lord are spent. Qur'an, The Cave 18:109 "Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to anothers keeping." Theodore Roosevelt ==================================================================
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