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Submitted by Amira Mohamed (Australia), May 22, 2009 at 23:14

I am a Muslim and I grew up in a Muslim Country and I lived in Egypt a (Muslim) country. I was taught to respect those that don't believe in Islam as only God can judge people and he is the creator.

I didn't think much of Christians meaning I didn't hate nor love them except those I came to know and I thought of them as people not as "Christians" thus I treated them according to their personality/behavior. For example I have a lovely lady my neighbor who is Christian who I treat like a family, when I cook I would go to her place to give her some, if I buy traditional perfumes I would give her some and she enjoys them, when I went to Dubai and for a holiday I bought her 22c gold ring and shawls, when I gave them to her she was in disbelieve. I have been nothing but kind, loving and generous with her surprised? Don't be because this is the values of Islam. Islam asks of me to know how my seventh neighbor slept last night, if they are hungry or need help. My family, my teachers, my neighbors and the media never promoted hate or presented "Christians" as "EVIL" as Islam is portrayed here in the west yet you come to claim Islam hates Christians! Have you ever heard a Muslim label Jesus as you label Mohamed? No Muslim dares to do so because Islam forbids that.

Islam honors all the prophets who were sent to mankind. Muslims respect all prophets in general, but Jesus in particular, because he was one of the prophets who foretold the coming of Muhammad. Muslims, too, await the second coming of Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of Allah's prophets to mankind. A Muslim does not refer to him simply as "Jesus," but normally adds the phrase "peace be upon him" as a sign of respect.

Marry in Islam

Behold!' the Angel said, God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations."[Noble Quran 3:42]

"Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and he shall be of the righteous. She said: "My Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?' He said: "Even so; God creates what He will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, 'Be!' and it is." [Noble Quran 3:45-47]

Muslims believe that Jesus was born immaculately, and through the same power which had brought Eve to life and Adam into being without a father or a mother.

Ok let us use the language of logic without any prejudice, biasness or hate, If prophet Mohamed peace be upon him was jealous of Jesus peace be upon him the son of Mary, would he teach Muslims to think of Jesus as we think of Mohamed, to respect Jesus as we respect all other prophets?

According to the teachings of Islam in the Quran and the words of the last prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him, Jesus, the son of Mary, was predicted, he came to earth as a baby with a mother but no father, he did amazing miracles by the permission of Allah, including even bringing a dead man back to life; he did demonstrate for his followers the very best of behavior and obedience to the commandments of God. And according to the Bible he personally prayed and asked God Almighty to save him from the fate of going to the cross.

The Bible indicates Jesus prayers at Gethsemane went unanswered, even though he stayed up through the night crying and asking God, "Let this cup pass from me, even so, your will be done."

Yet, according to Quran, Almighty God did answer his prayers. He did not go to the cross, but rather the likeness of him was put on another person who did go to the cross and Almighty God, caused Jesus, peace be upon him, to be saved, protected and he is with God and will return in the Last Days to lead the true believers to victory over the evil ones.

Some have even speculated the one on the cross was the very one (Judas Thomas Iscariot) who sold out Jesus and his followers for thirty pieces of silver.

Dear as a Muslim I can tell you that I do not know the Islam and Mohamed you speak of so awfully. Islam does not promote hate against anyone and if it did I will be the first to question it and the Prophet Mohamed I know and I am asked to follow his foot step was the most generous of heart, truthful of tongue, softest in disposition, and noble in relationship, gentle in manners.

In my view Muslims and Christians are in disagreements and this doesn't necessarily mean we are enemies. Weiten et al (2009) suggests that "people do not have to be enemies to be in conflict, and being in a conflict does not make people enemies". (p 224)

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