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INTRODUCTION

 

in the Name of ,llLih, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

I am grateful to Allah for having read the manuscript of MUsLIM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE and being asked to write an introduction to this remarkably eye-opening book. Anyone interested in comparative religion will find in this book many surprises that challenge what many once believed to be ahsohtte truths.

This work by Dr. Hasan M. Baagil reflects his meticulous and pain­staking effort to present hs findings clearly, concisely and thoroughly. As A result of his study of Christianity and the Bible over a four year period, Dr. Baagil, a dedicated Muslim, learned not only that Christians differ in their basic beliefs (Trinity, Divinity of Jesus, etc.), but do not know that Church doctrine contradicts the Bible numerous times and that the Bible even contradicts itself! His conversations with Christian clergy and laity during this period of study have provided the impetus for the MtJSI.IM-CHRISTIAN

DIALOGUE.

The reader will be surprised to learn that in the BibleJesus I PBUH I never claimed to be God; that Jesus did not die on the cross; that the miracles performed byJesus were also performed by many other prophets, and even by disbelievers; and that Jesus himself prophesied the advent of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them. All of this plus much more is detailed from clear concise passages of Bible scripture. The question that obviously must be raised after witnessing such clear contradictions is~ Is the Bible God’s Word? The effort here by Dr. Baagil is not intended to deride Christian people and certainly not to mock Jesus and his teachings. Allah forbid! The intent is obviously to point out that false charges, misrepresen­tations and outright lies against Allah and His Prophets are in themselves deriding and mockery and a most odious thing.

MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE also makes clear the Islamic point of view in these matters and shows how the Quran, revealed to the Prophet Muhammad some 600 years after the life of Jesus, peace be U~Ofl both of them, corrects the errors that crept (knowingly or unknowingly) into the message that Jesus brought. This book should prove to be a very valuable asset to both Muslims and Christians, particularly given the interest in dialogues between the two faiths. God willing, this book will be an effective tool for Muslims in our efforts to invite Christians to Islam. Conversely, Christians should become more aware of what in fact the Bible says and what Jesus [PBUH] actually taught, as a result of studying this book. Indeed, as a Muslim the hope is that the Non-Muslim will accept the Truth and bear witness to the Oneness of Allah and that Muhammad is His slave servant and Messenger.

May Allah reward Dr. Baagil for his efforts to dispel darkness. May

Allah’s peace be upon us all.

MUHAMMAD A. NUBEE