The ‘a common word between us and you’ initiative was launched on October 13th 2007 initially as an Open Letter signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals (including such figures as the Grand Muftis of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Bosnia, Russia, and Istanbul) to the leaders of the Christian churches and denominations of the entire world, including His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. In essence it proposed, based on verses from the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Bible, that Islam and Christianity share, at their cores, the twin ‘golden’ commandments of the paramount importance of loving God and loving one’s neighbor. Based on this joint common ground, it called for peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims worldwide. A common word was and is an extended global handshake of interreligious goodwill, friendship and fellowship and consequently of world peace.
Friendship With Others In The Qur’an
Jihad and the Islamic Law of War
Islam, Christianity and the Environment
The Holy Qur’an and the Environment
Address to H.H. Pope Benedict XVI