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Muslims Invite the People of the Book to the “Oneness of God”

Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way – except in the case of those of them who do wrong – saying, “We have faith in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you. Our God and your God are One and we submit to Him.” (Qur’an, 29:46)

Say, “People of the Book! Come to a proposition which is the same for us and you – that we should worship none but God and not associate any partners with Him and not take one another as lords besides God.” If they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we are Muslims.” (Qur’an, 3:64)

These verses show that the duty of Muslims is not to disparage the People of the Book, force them into a corner, feel hatred for or kill them, as some fabricated hadiths suggest. It is simply to summon them to the oneness of God in the most pleasant manner. Monotheism is the fundamental doctrine in all three faiths. Muslims can meet with and speak to the People of the Book, preach to them and call on them to believe in the oneness of God and all the sacred scriptures that have been sent down. Communication, preaching and friendship exist among them. According to the Qur’an, a Muslim has a responsibility to speak kindly to a Jew or a Christian when he sees one and to invite him to believe in the oneness of God using very kind words, rather than jostling him into a corner.

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