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By Badru D. Kateregga

Thousands of Muslims and Christians are associates and worship an analogous God. but they seldom witness to one another, and the problems they take care of are profound. instead of an adversarial interplay, Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk pioneer one other way--that of actual discussion among neighbors.

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The Basmalah is the common statement a Muslim must recite before doing anything. It constantly reminds the believer of the mercy of God to all His creation. A careful look at the Qur'an shows that there are numerous ayat (verses) which describe God's love and mercy for mankind. Allah says in the Holy Qur'an, "Allah it is Who hath appointed for you night that ye may rest therein, and day for seeing. Lo! Allah is a Lord of bounty for mankind, yet most of mankind give not thanks" (Qur'an 40:61).

The Qur'an continues, "And He giveth you of all ye ask of Him, and if ye would count the bounty of Allah he cannot reckon it. Lo! man is verily a Page 31 wrong-doer, an ingrate" (Qur'an 14:34). God's mercy for His creation is immeasurable. We cannot imagine or count His favors to humankind. He gives people food, drink, the means of movement, and all the necessities of life. He provides for them irrespective of their behavior. God has created humans in the best form of creation and has given them everything they need for spiritual and physical growth.

Probably people are last in God's creation process. God has created things in the heavens, 2 things on earth, things between the heavens and the earth, and things beneath the soil. ''Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and whatsoever is between them, and whatsoever is beneath the sod" (Qur'an 20:6). In summary, the Qur'anic witness on creation is as follows: First, there were six periods for the creation in general. Second, there was an interlocking of the stages in the creation of the heavens and the earth.

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