Shalom and Assalamualaikum
Muslims and Christians, the adherents of the world’s two largest religions, have co-existed for more than 1400 years. While both faiths teach peace and love, many lives and properties were lost over the years as a result of Muslims and Christians’ dispute on God and their religious practices.
Both faiths have so much in common but yet their adherents are very uninformed about each other and are not aware that the Quran says that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Some argue the literal interpretation of this passage as the divinity of Allah and Trinity is different, but one thing is true: both agree on worshiping monotheist God, the One and only God.
“And argue not with the People of the Book, except by what is best, save such of them as act unjustly. But say: We believe in what which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him we submit” (Al-Ankabul 29:46 Translation – Maulana Muhammad Ali)
How true is this statement? or how can we interpret this verse? Professor Volf of Yale University attempts to unfold this mystical truth through a theological explanation. In the last paragraph of his writing ‘A Christian Response to Muslims Allah and the Trinity,’ he writes that this paper is directed primarily to the Christians and his goal is:
“to remind Christians that Muslims objections to the doctrine of the Trinity and the uncompromising of God’s oneness from which this objection stems are not in themselves good enough reasons for Christians to think that they have radically different understanding of God than Muslims. Unity of God doesn’t separate Muslims from Christians, it binds them together.”
More of his writing on this topic can be read from his latest book on Allah. See: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Allah-Miroslav-Volf/