Mary, Jesus and Christianity: An Islamic Perspective
Mohammad Ali Shomali
Muslims believe in conformity of all divine revelations and prophecies. They confirm and believe in all the Prophets and consider all believers in God members of the same community of faith. Unity of God manifests in unity of His revelations and must be echoed in unity of all believers in God. The Qur’an invites all people of faith such as Christians and Jews to unify their efforts and concentrate on their common grounds (3:64). One of the best means of achieving this unity and brotherhood is to know each other, to overcome historical prejudices that prevent objective understanding between each other and to build upon commonalities. In this spirit, this essay has been written. Efforts have been made to present a brief and precise picture of Mary and Jesus in the Qur’an and to explain why Muslims and Christians should engage in a genuine and fertile dialogue. Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali is a graduate of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum and the University of Manchester. His publications include: Self-Knowledge (1996 & 2006), Ethical Relativism: An Analysis of the Foundations of Morality (2001) and Shi’a Islam: Origins, Faith & Practices (2003). He is a co-editor of Catholics & Shi’a in Dialogue: Studies in Theology & Spirituality (2004) and Catholic – Shi’a Engagement: Reason & Faith in Theory and Practice (2006).