Islam, Judaism and Christianity all trace their lineage to a common ancestor — Abraham. And before that, Adam and Eve. Abraham had two sons: Isaac (by Sarah) and Ishmael (by Hagar). Isaac begat the Line of David from which Jewish and Christian traditions derive. Ishmael was the forefather of Muhammad — the Messenger of Islam. God promises in Genesis 21:18 to make a “great nation” of Ishmael.
Jesus (Isa) is revered in Islam as a Messiah and is mentioned nearly a hundred times in the Quran. Mary (Maryam) is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran. She even has her own surra (19). Islam accepts the Old Testament as “The Word of God.” And most of the prophets are mentioned by name.
Common heritage, common prophets, beliefs and commands. Yet many in each religious tradition view the differences as irreconcilable. Islam has 72 insular sects. Christianity has its own islands of belief and Judaism has various divisions. Despite common origin, there is distrust, misunderstanding and even violence — all in the name of religion. While most Christian and Jewish traditions accept and tolerate competing denominations and other religions, the violence is presently confined to Islam. Though on June 11, 2017, I reported that statistically between 85% and 97% of all violence by Islamic terrorist groups is directed at Muslims.
In my post of August 25, 2016, I commented on the ecumenical role the Archangel Gabriel – the Divine messenger. Gabriel has personally visited Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, and Bahai. Each faith urges “Shalom” [Peace]; “As-salamu Aleikum” [Peace]; “Peace be with you” [Peace]. You tell me — is God, Allah, Jehovah trying to give us mere mortals an ecumenical message?