We all pray to the same God—Well, don't we?
From the purely philosophical perspective one might make the case that since there is but one Prime Mover—First Cause—Necessary Being—Absolutely Perfect—Intelligent Designer and Governor of the Universe that anyone who worships that Being is worshipping the same God. But most religions—certainly including Christianity and Islam—are based on what they believe to be the supernatural revelations of that Being. In the case of Christianity, the body of that revelation is found in the Bible and the traditions of the Church—in the case of Islam, it is said that the revelations of Allah are found in the Qur'an, augmented by the Hadith, a collection of the sayings of Mohammed.
Since there are significant contradictions between the Qur'an and the Bible it is clear to orthodox Christians (but perhaps not to Modernists and Moslems) that the same God cannot have made both sets of revelation. One must be fraudulent, the fabrication of a human being, or the revelation of a different supernatural being, quite probably an evil one. It matters not that Arabic speaking Christians and Moslems both use the same word, Allah, when they refer to the Supreme Being, for they are referring to two different beings (a Being and a being) with the same word. (Some hold that the name Allah is borrowed from an earlier pagan deity, whose symbol was the crescent Moon.) The Moslem believer will be quick to tell you that his Allah never became incarnate in the Person of Jesus Christ, and that there is no such divine Person as the Holy Ghost. Jesus was a prophet, lesser than Mohammed, who escaped crucifixion.
Islam is a religion of peace for those who submit to Allah under the terms outlined in the Qur'an. Those who fit Mohammed's conception of what a Jew or Christian ought to be may be allowed to live in an Islamic society. Their "protected" status, called "Dhimmitude," requires them to practice their religion in private, limits their rights to property ownership, and subjects them to a discriminatory tax. This "protection" fails utterly in the case of a Moslem who becomes a Christian and must be put to death under Sharia law. During the Gulf War, those soldiers fighting on the side of Saudi Arabia were allowed no public display of their Christianity or Judaism—Chaplains had to remove their uniform insignia, and Christmas trees were contraband! Even in private it is dangerous to worship at Holy Mass. In some places a woman can earn a beating or worse for being "Insufficiently Muslim." Catholics should be especially aware of the 1300+ years of struggle against Moslem invasion, for a goodly number of feasts in our calendar commemorate the victories—the defeats, well the defeats just tend to get forgotten.
To be fair, though, modern Christians and Jews have stolen from and killed Moslems without justification, as though their religions justified such behavior. The modern jihadist is not completely wrong in conceiving of his actions as payback for mistreatment by Jews and Christians during the past seventy-five years or so. In an earlier statement, however, the President claimed that such people were not really Moslems, but "pray to a false God."
"Iftar" is the breaking of the fast observed during the month of Ramadan. To say "Ramadan Mubarak" is to wish one a "Blessed Ramadan." But that is hardly praiseworthy for one who considers himself a Christian, for Ramadan commemorates the alleged revelation of the Qur'an to Mohammed. Can a Christian find "blessedness" in a book that contradicts Christ?
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