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Friendship between Muslims and Christians
10/08/2017
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The Quran teaches about friendship, not hatred. Sadly some people misconstrue some of the verses of the Quran, when the Quran talks of how not to befriend particular groups of people, they don’t understand the context of those verses, they forget there was a historical reason for those revelations and they forget totally this verse: “Perhaps Allah will put between you and those to whom you have been enemies among them, affection. And Allah is competent, and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” (Al Mumtahana: 7). In fact the Quran predicted they would be your friends and in another place, Allah says: “You will certainly find that those people who are nearest to you, those who like you the most are those people who are Christians. Because amongst them there are the monks, amongst them are people of knowledge and people of God” (Al Ma’idah: 82). So the Quran is already telling us to befriend the other, rather than to hate them, rather than to break up that friendship. So we have equality, we have cooperation, and we have friendship and there is another one, which is mutual understanding. As the Quran says “O people of the book! Let us come to those that are common amongst us, let us build on our commonalities and our similarities rather than on the differences” (Ale Imran: 64). Of course there are some disagreement with regard to Prophet Jesus since some Christians think he is God or son of God but religious disagreement does not stop Muslims from being friends with Christians in the social and political levels.

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