Check out the full link here, but in essence, “138 prominent Muslim scholars” organized by “the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, a non-governmental organisation based in Amman, Jordan” wrote a letter to the Pope and other Christian leaders about what is required for the adherents to the world’s two largest religions to live in peace.
The institute said: “This historic letter is intended by its 138 signatories as an open invitation to Christians to unite with Muslims over the most essential aspects of their respective faiths – the principles of love of one God and love of the neighbour.
“It is hoped that the recognition of this common ground will provide the followers of both faiths with a shared understanding that will serve to defuse tensions around the world.”
Wow. I’m floored. The article notes that this letter coincides with the end of Ramadan and shows a great deal of intention and awareness to what is at stake, both ecumenically and geopolitically. I don’t know if every Muslim would agree with the purpose of this letter, but it certainly shows the humanity underlying this simple and beautiful gesture.
The letter begs a question …have we as Christians ever written such a letter to Muslims? Who would I send it to? I guess I could find the address of this institute…I’m so humbled by this letter, even though it wasn’t addressed to me. To the point, I don’t even know that many Muslims in the city I live. I’ve never thought about this, but I guess I should say…I don’t have enough Muslim friends to make reconciliation a reality in my own life.
The article lists the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury as recipients of the letter…I barely know who they are though we share the same moniker of “Christian”, but I suppose as Protestants, decentralized and fragmented across tens of thousands of denominations, there’s no way that this letter would have ended up in my mailbox. But I’m glad it was sent. Now if I can just live out my reply…
Romans 12:18 – “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”