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The Interfaith Peace Project: A Passionist tradition of establishing peace through dialogue and respect

Sep 11, 2010

Dominic EnglandFrom the earliest foundation of the Passionist Congregation it has always dreamed of pursuing ecumenical dialogues and bringing unity to all God’s people. Bl. Domenic Barberi, CP achieved the dream of the founder in establishing a foundation in England and through a strategy of apologetics and pastoral dialogue he triumphed in bringing clarity to the union of the Christian message. Through Bl. Dominic we celebrate the conversion of many notable people like John Henry Newman who is now in the process for canonization.

Times have moved on but the Passionist community has never lost sight of this noble cause to unify the human community through the strategies employed by Bl. Domenic Berberi, CP. Our Church continues to be engaged in further developing its Ecumenical dialogues. But in these days of globalization we have moved further in approaching our relationships with people outside of our Christian faith. Through Pope John Paul II our Catholic Church has officially engaged in interfaith dialogues to bring the truth of unity too all of God’s people.

The Passionists serves the Church in this purpose as well. Today we have the wonderful ministries of Fr. Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. who is the Interfaith Peace Project’s Executive Director. Tom offers friendly and hospitable programs to help participants cope with inherited stereotypes, innocent misunderstandings, embarrassing questions or general knowledge of the many faith traditions of humankind.

The Interfaith Peace Project seeks to strengthen the community’s religious and spiritual life, and encourage spiritual values and ethical principles. They reach out to all religions of the community, and embrace the American tradition of religious diversity that creates a fertile opportunity for dialogue, understanding, cooperation and peace. The intended outcome is to encourage understanding, respect and connection for participants in all our projects, therefore advancing peace. Respect for differences begins with dialogue, promotes understanding and cooperation, and leads to peaceful co-existence.

interfaithThe Interfaith Peace Project is helping our world find peace in the midst of conflict and division through prayer, study and reflection. In these days we recognize division and conflict with respect to our Catholic/Christian relationship with the Islamic community. Fr. Tom offers the following insights with respect to our approach in having fruitful and much needed dialogue with the members of the Muslim faith and the question of Park51 Islamic Cultural Center.

DIALOGUE WITH MUSLIMS: A reflection by Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP

The events of the past several days and weeks are no less than heartbreaking and alarming.  The association of Islam with violence and human insensitivity is both dangerous and insensitive.  It is quite important for reasonable people to understand religions as such are abstractions.  What we meet in the religious “other” be they Muslim or Christian is not a religion but a “person” of faith, a particular, living human being.  We cannot meet one another if we label one another with labels based on fears, stereotypes, and prejudices.

We must realize, in the current situation, it is almost impossible to engage Muslims in dialogue without the great question looming in the background, “Is Islam a religion of violence?”  Participants in this dialogue should be aware of what motivates the dialogue.  Participants must be open to hearing the other person without defensive or offensive postures.

The “violent verses” found in the Qur’an invite Christians to examine in a fair and honest way the “violent texts” in the Bible.  Together participants in dialogue might explore how violent attitudes can corrupt authentic readings and understandings of their respective Scriptures, beliefs, and teachings.

tom bonacciParticipants in the dialogue must examine their own hearts to discover whether or not they harbor unfair attitudes, hostilities, or fears.  If so, one should engage in educational opportunities, personal spiritual direction, sincere reflection, and honest research before engaging in deeper dialogue.

Finally, Muslims, like peoples of other faith traditions, are human beings worthy of respect whose dignity must be recognized.

This is a tragic moment in our histories as religious peoples.  It is also a great opportunity to move forward as the virtues found in our Sacred Writings, the examples found in our great leaders, and the wisdom found in our peoples can contribute to the well-being of all peoples.  Muslims and Christians must be aware of their mutual responsibility to foster peace in the world.  Each must claim the authenticity of their respective traditions as they serve the family of humankind.  These troubled times call for remarkable courage and courageous example so our words of peace may become deeds of justice in the world.

It is my opinion, and I suggest it cautiously, the killing fields must become centers of interfaith justice and peace.  We need to stand together as people of faith exemplifying the power of faith as an important catalyst for forging peace.

5 Responses to “The Interfaith Peace Project: A Passionist tradition of establishing peace through dialogue and respect”

  1. Mary Lou Butler says:

    Beautiful article, Fr. Tom. This is the message we all need to hear and live on this day and from this day forward.

  2. johngonzalez says:

    Thank you Mary Lou, look out for another post on how Fr. Tom will promote an interfaith service for the upcoming International Day of Peace.

    I hope you are doing well in CA.

  3. Pamela Oliverio says:

    Father Tom…..As I told you last evening, you have been instrumental in helping me handle this storm that God has sent my way. But I am determined to carry the cross and weather the storm. God is my final judge and I thank him that you were nearby.

    Love and Prayers,
    John & Pam

  4. engin says:

    IF WE BELİEVE İN GOD WE ARE BROTHERS
    My name is called as Engin AKSU. I am the writer myself and living in the city Kütahya in Türkiye. Also I work as a Turkish teacher in my own country. “Divine Brotherhood” was published by Red Lead Press in 2007 and it is open to sales in http://www.amazon.com now.

    The events in the book take place in London İn England. The Preface of the book has been written by Hasan KUŞÇUOĞLU.
    Galip Hasan KUŞÇUOĞLU focusses on Love, Peace and Brotherhood for a new start in the life and a new way to live in his books and sayings in the web-site http://www.galibi.com .
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    I would be pleased to see your own ideas and thoughts in the most possible time.

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  5. Engin says:

    DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE SHARI’AS

    Galip Hasan Kuşçuoğlu who is a living Saint of Allah. He is now ninetythree years old who has continued his duty as a leader of a group of dervishes to Galibilik tariqua. He has devoted his life servant for ALLAH (C.C) (God, Lord) with arranging an conversation, writing a books and constructing place of worship. Most people in the world especially the worlds leaders sent him a letter of thanking for establishing a dialogue between the Shari’as and studying. Certain world leader’ s names are: U.S.A’s old President Bill Clinton, The Prince Charlese of Wales, The Spain President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, The England old President Tony Blair…who sent him a thankful letter.

    You can read these letters in the website of http://www.galibitariqah.com in a part of arriving from you. Galip Hasan Kuşçuoğlu’s first book is Muhtaç Olduğumuz Kardeşlik which is releated to dialogue between the Shari’as. At the same website, you can easily read and download this book and others.

    Galip Hasan Kuşçuoğlu’s one of the most important aim is establishing a brotherhood between scripture and dilaogue between the Sharia’as. In order to fulfill this, he consider the priority of Love and Genuine. Espaecially, his opinion about the diaoluge between Shari’as
    is very important:

    A- Anybody who believe Allah [God, Lord] is a Muslim and his/her religion is ISLAM. There is only one religion from the first human being and the first prophet Adam to today that is ISLAM. If that is so what is the meaning of Christianity, Judaism and the pertaining to the prophet Muhammad? These are Shari’as. This opinion is very impotant. If this opinion is understood, the fight between Shari’as is finished and the way of dialoge is opened and our world is turned to heaven.

    In a below paragraph, Allah (C.C) [God or Lord] says lots of community, prophets and scripture a muslim which is before the prophet Muhammed to the verses from the Koran. The root meaning of the muslim is ISLAM.

    As a result, Allah (C.C) [God or Lord] says MUSLIM to Ibraahim (Abraham), ‘Iesa (Jesus), Moosa (Moses), Ya’qoob (Jacob), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Yusuf, Sulaimaan (Solomon), and so their religion is ISLAM. In that manner, in the same religion different Shari’as recognize and start to dialogue between themselves.

    1.Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites [of úajj and Ôumrah] and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.

    (Surah al-Baqarah, 128)

    2. And who turns away from the religion of Ibraahim (Abraham) (i.e. Islaamic Monotheism) except him who befools himself? Truly, We chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.
    (Surah al-Baqarah, 130)
    When his Lord said to him, “Submit (i.e. be a Muslim)!” He said, “I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).”
    (Surah al-Baqarah, 131)
    And this (submission to Allah, Islaam) was enjoined by Ibraahim (Abraham) upon his sons and by Ya’qoob (Jacob), (saying), “O my sons! Allah has chosen for you the (true) religion, then die not except in the Faith of Islaam (as Muslims – Islaamic Monotheism).”
    (Surah al-Baqarah, 132)

    Or were you witnesses when death approached Ya’qoob (Jacob)? When he said unto his sons, “What will you worship after me?” They said, “We shall worship your Ilaah (Allah – Allaah- GOD), the Ilaah (Allaah – GOD) of your fathers, Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), One Ilaah (Allaah), and to Him we submit (in Islaam).”

    (Surah al-Baqarah, 133)

    3. Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allaah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob), and to Al-Asbaat [the twelve sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Moosa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islaam).”
    (Surah al-Baqarah, 136)

    In the above verses from the Koran and Surah al-Baqarah, verse 136, the definition of ISLAM is seen clearly. ALLAH (C.C) [God, Lord] says a Muslım to human being who submit in Islam.
    The meaning of Islam is the submission and tied up to ALLAH (C.C) [God, Lord].

    4. Then when ‘Iesa (Jesus) came to know of their disbelief, he said: “Who will be my helpers in Allaah’s Cause?” Al-Hawaarioon (the disciples) said: “We are the helpers of Allaah; we believe in Allaah, and bear witness that we are Muslims (i.e. we submit to Allaah).”
    (Surah Ali Imran,52)

    5. Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhy wa sallam)): “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allaah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims.”
    (Surah Ali Imran, 64)
    6. Ibraahim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa (Islaamic Monotheism — to worship none but Allaah Alone) and he was not of Al-Mushrikoon (See V.2:105).
    (Surah Ali Imran, 67)

    7. Say (O Muhammad): “We believe in Allaah and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob) and Al-Asbaat [the twelve sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob)] and what was given to Moosa (Moses), ‘Iesa (Jesus) and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one another among them and to Him (Allaah) we have submitted (in Islaam).”
    (Surah Ali Imran, 84)

    In this verse, the religion is ISLAM. At the same time, the meaning of ISLAM is defined.

    8. And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face (himself) to Allaah (i.e. follows Allaah’s Religion of Islaamic Monotheism); and he is a Muhsin (a good-doer — see V.2:112). And follows the religion of Ibraahim (Abraham) Hanifa (Islaamic Monotheism — to worship none but Allaah Alone). And Allaah did take Ibraahim (Abraham) as a Khalil.
    (Surah An-Nisa, 125)

    9. And when I (Allaah) put in the hearts of Al-Hawaareeeen (the disciples) [of 'Iesa (Jesus)] to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: “We believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims.”
    (Surah al-Maidah, 111 )

    10. So they[i.e., Pharaoh and his people] were defeated there and then, and were returned disgraced.
    (Surah al-Araf,119)

    And the sorcerers fell down prostrate( to ALLAH).
    (Surah al-Araf,120)

    They said: “We believe in the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).
    (Surah al-Araf, 121)
    “The Lord of Moosa (Moses) and Haaroon (Aaron).”
    (Surah al-Araf, 122)

    Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “You have believed in him [Moosa (Moses)] before I give you permission. Surely, this is a plot which you have plotted in the city to drive out its people, but you shall come to know.

    (Surah al-Araf, 123)

    “Surely, I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, then I will crucify you all.”
    (Surah al-Araf, 124)

    They said: “Verily, we are returning to our Lord.
    (Surah al-Araf, 125)

    “And you take vengeance on us only because we believed in the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.) of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience, and cause us to die as Muslims.”
    (Surah al-Araf, 126)

    11. And Moosa (Moses) said: “O my people! If you have believed in Allaah, then put your trust in Him if you are Muslims (those who submit to Allaah’s Will).”
    (Surah Yunus, 84)

    12. And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Fir’aun (Pharaoh) with his hosts followed them in oppression and enmity, till when drowning overtook him, he said: “I believe that Laa ilaaha illa (Huwa): (none has the right to be worshipped but) He,” in Whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am one of the Muslims (those who submit to Allaah’s Will).”
    (Surah Yunus, 90)

    13. “My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Walee (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous.”
    (Surah-Yusuf, 101)

    14. And strive hard in Allaah’s Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islaamic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islaam), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship, it is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islaamic Monotheism). It is He (Allaah) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Qur’aan), that the Messenger (Muhammad) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! So perform As-Salaat (Iqamat-as-Salaat), give Zakaat and hold fast to Allaah [i.e. have confidence in Allaah, and depend upon Him in all your affairs] He is your Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.), what an Excellent Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.) and what an Excellent Helper!

    (Surah Al-Hajj, 78)

    15. Take this letter of mine and deliver it to them. Then leave them and see what [answer] they will return.”

    “(Sebe kraliçesi): Ey ileri gelenler, bana deðerli bir mektup verildi.”
    (Neml Sûresi, 29)

    She said: “O chiefs! Verily! Here is delivered to me a noble letter,
    (Surah an-Naml, 29)

    “Verily! It is from Sulaimaan (Solomon), and verily! It (reads): In the Name of Allaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful;
    (Surah an-Naml, 30)

    “Be you not exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allaah with full submission)’ ”
    (Surah an-Naml, 31)

    16. He Sulaimaan (Solomon) said: “O chiefs! Which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me surrendering themselves in obedience?”
    (Surah an-Naml, 38)

    17. So when she came, it was said (to her): “Is your throne like this?” She said: “(It is) as though it were the very same.” And [Sulaimaan (Solomon) said]: “Knowledge was bestowed on us before her, and we were submitted to Allaah (in Islaam as Muslims before her).”
    (Surah an-Naml, 42)

    18. Those to whom We gave the Scripture [i.e. the Tauraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] before it, — they believe in it (the Qur’aan).
    (Surah al-Qasas, 52)

    And when it is recited to them, they say: “We believe in it. Verily, it is the truth from our Lord. Indeed even before it we have been from those who submit themselves to Allaah in Islaam as Muslims (like ‘Abdullaah bin Salaam and Salmaan Al-Farisee, etc.).
    (Surah al-Qasas, 53)

    These will be given their reward twice over, because they are patient, and repel evil with good, and spend (in charity) out of what We have provided them.
    (Surah al-Qasas, 54)

    Allah (C.C) (God, Lord) mentiones about the scriptute as Surah Al-Qasas verse 52. Those to whom We gave the Scripture [i.e. the Tauraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.]. In the verse 53.If anybody do not damage the meaning of tevhıd which is related to Allah is one and unique and do not leave the religion of ISLAM which is the only one religion, Allah (C.C) (God, Lord) says these are MUSLIMS.

    19. And argue not with the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), unless it be in (a way) that is better (with good words and in good manner, inviting them to Islaamic Monotheism with His Verses), except with such of them as do wrong, and say (to them): “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you; our Ilaah (Allaah) and your Ilaah (Allaah) is One (i.e. Allaah), and to Him we have submitted (as Muslims).”
    (Surah Al-Ankabut, 46)

    20-We have not already found anybody at there without muslim nation.
    Surah Al-Zariyat,35
    B- The validity of Scripture’s books which came before the KORAN, are continuing. The validity and authority of Tauraat (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel) is continuing. There is no any verses of the Koran which is mention about invalid of Scripture’s books. If that is so, what is there in the KORAN? There is a verses which confirms the Scripture’s books before the Koran and tells their books a piece of good news.

    1. Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhy wa sallam)): “Whoever is an enemy to Jibrael (Gabriel) (let him die in his fury), for indeed he has brought it (this Qur’aan) down to your heart by Allaah’s Permission, confirming what came before it [i.e. the Tauraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and guidance and glad tidings for the believers.
    (Surah Al-Baqarah, 97)

    In this verse, in a cotradictory opinion of QUR’AAN is the validity of preceding books are finished , it is clearly informs the confirmation of the books which came before the Koran.

    2. And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) , confirming the Tauraat (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Tauraat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqoon (the pious — see V.2:2).
    (Surah al-Maidah, 46)

    3. And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’aan) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures) . So judge between them by what Allaah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allaah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allaah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.
    (Surah al-Maidah, 48)

    4. Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We inspired Nooh (Noah) and the Prophets after him; We (also) inspired Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob), and Al-Asbaat [the twelve sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob)], ‘Iesa (Jesus), Ayub (Job), Yoonus (Jonah), Haaroon (Aaron), and Sulaimaan (Solomon), and to Dawood (David) We gave the Zaboor (Psalms).
    (Surah an-Nisa, 163)

    5. And this (the Qur’aan) is a blessed Book which We have sent down, confirming (the revelations) which came before it, so that you may warn the Mother of Towns (i.e. Makkah) and all those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in (the Qur’aan), and they are constant in guarding their Salaat (prayers).
    (Surah al-An’am, 92)

    6. (This was Our) Sunnah (rule or way) with the Messengers We sent before you (O Muhammad), and you will not find any alteration in Our Sunnah (rule or way, etc.).
    (Surah Al-İsra, 77)

    C- We make no distintion between any of prophets and we have submitted in Islam. We forget our Allah (C.C) [God, Lord] since we race the prophets. Prophets and Saints are means of transport. The importance is repeat the ALLAH (C.C) [God, Lord] ‘s name in a harmony of ISLAMIC MYSTICISM.

    We do not make a dialogue between other Sharia’as and constitute an antagonism because of seeing our prophet superior from the other prophets as a pertaining to the Prophet Muhammad,

    1. Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allaah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob), and to Al-Asbaat [the twelve sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Moosa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islaam).”
    (Surah al-Baqarah, 136)

    2. The Messenger (Muhammad ) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” — and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).”
    (Surah al Baqarah, 285)

    3. Say (O Muhammad): “We believe in Allaah and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Ibraahim (Abraham), Ismaa’il (Ishmael), Ishaaque (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob) and Al-Asbaat [the twelve sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob)] and what was given to Moosa (Moses), ‘Iesa (Jesus) and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one another among them and to Him (Allaah) we have submitted (in Islaam).”
    (Ali Imran, 84)

    4. And those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them (Messengers), We shall give them their rewards, and Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
    (Surah An-Nisa , 152)

    If we consider the superiority between prophets, our religious belief is weak and damaged. If we say books authority is finished, how can we belief the books of ALLAH (C.C) [God,Lord]’s books. If we belief all our prophets without consider any superiority and diffrence, we establish a dialogue between Shari’as so there will be a brorherhood between them.

    D- The holy KORAN appreciate about Scriptures very well. If we consider Scripture as a disbeliever, we believe verse of the Koran incorrect. We should understand the correct message of Koran and we finish our hostility with dialogue because of the source of misunderstanding.

    Some verses of Koran about related subject is :

    1. Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve .
    (Surah Al-Baqarah, 62)

    2. Not all of them are alike; a party of the people of the Scripture stand for the right, they recite the Verses of Allaah during the hours of the night, prostrating themselves in prayer.
    (Surah Ali Imran, 113)

    They believe in Allaah and the Last Day; they enjoin Al-Ma’roof (Islaamic Monotheism, and following Prophet Muhammad) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and opposing Prophet Muhammad); and they hasten in (all) good works; and they are among the righteous.
    (Surah Ali Imran, 114)

    And whatever good they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allaah knows well those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious — see V.2:2).
    (Surah Ali Imran, 115)

    3. And there are, certainly, among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), those who believe in Allaah and in that which has been revealed to you, and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before Allaah. They do not sell the Verses of Allaah for a little price, for them is a reward with their Lord. Surely, Allaah is Swift in account.
    (Surah Ali Imran, 199)

    4. Made lawful to you this day are At-Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods, which Allaah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, etc., milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.). The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals, etc.) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them. (Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time, when you have given their due Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them as girl-friends. And whosoever disbelieves in the Oneness of Allaah and in all the other Articles of Faith [i.e. His (Allaah's), Angels, His Holy Books, His Messengers, the Day of Resurrection and Al-Qadar (Divine Preordainments)], then fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers.
    (Surah al-Maidah, 5)

    5. Surely, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah, in His Messenger Muhammad and all that was revealed to him from Allaah), those who are the Jews and the Sabians and the Christians, — whosoever believed in Allaah and the Last Day, and worked righteousness, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
    (Surah Al-Maidah, 69)

    6. Those who have been expelled from their homes unjustly only because they said: “Our Lord is Allaah.” — For had it not been that Allaah checks one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the Name of Allaah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down. Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (Cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.
    (Surah al-Hajj, 40)

    As a result, anybody who believe Allah (C.C) (God, Lord) is a Muslim and his/her is our brother. There is no diffrence and any superiority between prophets. The judgment of the preceding books are not finished and Allah (C.C) (God, Lord) mention about scripture as a goodness. In the light of reailty, we start to dialogue between scripture and we finish our antagonism and announce our brotherhood.

    I finish my writing and submit to you Allah (C.C) (God, Lord) with Galip Hasan Kuşçuoğlu’s statement which is open a new doors for dialogue and it is registered as date.

    ‘He says;

    You know thorughly that…!

    We needed exterior and interior brotherhood to human being who is an adam in the past, but today, we need more!… Incomplete truth brings to a wrong understanding, incompatible hard rules of realities cause an ignorance which most of the nations to each others make enemy.

    Today’s education is deprieved, it is suitable for our bodily crooked desire, ALLAH (C.C) [God,Lord]’s rules are distorted bacause of our ignorance. In order to religion, the ways that goes to exterior and interior brotherhood do not pluged partly, we plug these completely without thinking future.

    Time is passing, we are late… we are not late too much!… Nowadays and future, we need brotherhood with scripture too much, at the same time, we need nearness to disbelievers.’

    Engin AKSU
    Educator-Writer

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