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Interfaith Dialogues and Debates: What Would a Muslim Say (Volume 3)


Interfaith Dialogues and Debates: What Would a Muslim Say (Volume 3)

by Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

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  • ISBN 9780999431818
  • English
  • 147 Pages
  • 40016 Words

Interfaith Dialogues and Debates: What Would a Muslim Say (Volume 3)

by Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

With Dialogue Comes UNDERSTANDING Everyone talks about the importance of interfaith dialogue. Many books offer advice on how to conduct interfaith dialogue. . . but in THIS book, you will find actual transcripts of interfaith dialogues, heated debates, and many conversations in between. Why These Books are SPECIAL What Would a Muslim Say is a series of books documenting my experiences as an interfaith volunteer. Since 2009, I have facilitated dialogue with many different people, answering questions about Islam and addressing misconceptions. This is the third book in the series, covering a variety of conversations from 2011 to 2016. My hope is that this can be a small step towards better understanding and harmony. The conversations in these books are real. Since the focus of this volume is interfaith dialogue; only conversations with self-identified Christians have been included. Some are ecumenical and sympathetic, some are evangelical and confrontational, and some are simply curious. In this book, you will learn about:

  • The Islamic Worldview and Ethics
  • The Apostasy Debate
  • What is Creation For?
  • A Better Understanding in Forty-Two Questions
  • The Islam and Peace Debate
  • The Remembrance of God
  • The Shroud of Turin Debate
  • Why Is There Conflict in the Middle East?
  • A Muslim–Christian Dialogue
Why These Books Matter NOW These are timely books. There are many questions, fears, and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. These books can answer questions, build bridges, and promote understanding. If you want to read real interfaith conversations, featuring everyday Christians asking tough questions and getting straight answers about Islam and Muslims, then this book is for you.

Review & Comments

  • Judy Weir

    I was provided with a free copy of "What a Muslim Would Say Book 2", and "Interfaith Dialogue and Debates" in exchange for an honest review. Let me begin by verifying that I am not a Muslim. However, since writing a novel (Forbidden, by F. Stone) wherein the setting is the Middle East and most of the characters are Muslim, I have studied the religion of Islam, though I don’t consider myself an authority on the subject. Far from it! During my studies, many Muslims have been overwhelming generous in their time, kindness, and eager to help me grasp not only the teachings of the prophet Mohammad, but to also understand the culture of Muslims - which varies depending upon many factors (history, country, government). Understanding Islam can be challenging. Ahmed Lofty Rashed has been inspired to assist both Muslim and non-Muslims understanding of Islam by inviting the public to send questions to https://www.whyislam.org/. He responds to each question providing answers in clear language and refers to corresponding passages in the Koran. His answers are articulate, honest, non-confrontational, and comprehensive. What a Muslim Would Say Book 2 and Interfaith Dialogues and Debates (follow-up to Book 1) are a compilation of this email communication. Ahmed Lofty Rashed’s intent is to encourage understanding of Islam’s fundamental goal – to promote peace. The difficulty in understanding Islam is due to, in part, criminals who promote themselves as Muslim even while committing terrorism and atrocities which are in contradiction to the teachings of the Koran. The challenge is compounded by the media and political agents' desire to sway public opinion in a direction that promotes profit and votes – not peace. After reading Ahmed Rashed's three books, it occurred to me that to fully understand Islam, one needs to be almost immersed in the faith from birth AND to have a comprehensive knowledge of the historical events during the time of Mohammad. For non-Muslims, it can be a life long study. Scholars of all religions still debate on many of the nuances, the obscure meanings, and wonder at the sacred wisdom declared centuries ago. Much of the text in our holy books are directly connected to the historical events, and to the level of understanding of human behavior and other sciences. For example, the explanation for the Islam's law against homosexuality was believed that behavior was a choice. We now finally understand it is not a choice. I wonder, would Mohammad receive the same 'laws' today from God given our greater understanding of biology, neuroscience, etc.? For years, many of my friends, my husband, and others have lamented that Muslims seem to be overly passive in expressing outrage with the atrocities wielded by extremist so-called Muslims. In a way, I understood their quiet display, offering only peaceful reflection away from the crowds of frightened non-Muslims. It is with great relief the dialogue has begun between the scholars, between the followers of the religions, and within the faithful in each community. Thank you, Ahmed Lofty Rashed for being brave, wise, and dedicated to peace. Blessings.

    September 10, 2018

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