Muslim Leaders Issue Letter for Better Relations

This is a very interesting development. We certainly do not want to develop a culture of ridiculous Jew hate in our faith


A Christian Response to ‘Common Word Between Us And You’


A group of Christians have responded to the previous overtures by Muslim Scholars and Leaders for peace and understanding. “Virgomusic” of Street Prophets reports that a group of Christians purchased a full page ad in response. The encouraging response can be read here. I have exerpted some of it here:

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Honoring Muslims Who Saved Jews From Nazis

So much for the myth that all Muslims hate Jews and want to exterminate them and are ‘facists’. A photograph exhibition is opening that honors Muslims who gave shelter to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution.

If a group of anti-Muslim bigots some time in the future decided to put all Muslims in concentration camps and exterminate us, I have no doubt that many good Americans would similarly give shelter to Muslims.

Tears welling in his eyes, an elderly Holocaust survivor on Thursday embraced the son of the Albanian man who saved him from the Nazi death camps, highlighting the little-known role played by European Muslims in helping Jews during World War II.

The two met for the first time at a photography exhibition at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, honoring Albanians who sheltered Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Albania, a tiny European country with a Muslim majority, sheltered about 1,000 Jews who, except for one family, survived Nazi occupation, according to officials.

“This is a very unique story,” said Yehudit Shendar, the exhibition’s curator. Though Islam has an anti-Jewish image, these were “Muslims who endangered their own lives to save Jews,” she said. Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Albanians sheltered between 600 and 1,800 Jewish refugees, risking death or imprisonment, officials said. At the end of the war, Albania was the only European country with a larger Jewish population than before the war.

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A Common Word Between Us and You

 A step in the right direction as several Muslim leaders call for interfaith peace

Dozens of Muslim leaders from around the world released a letter yesterday to “leaders of Christian churches everywhere” emphasizing the shared theological roots of the two faiths and saying the survival of the world depends on them finding common ground.

The document, “A Common Word Between Us and You,” was signed by 138 clerics, scholars and others and released at news conferences in Jordan, London, Abu Dhabi and Washington.

The full text of the letter can be read here