By Badru D. Kateregga
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Christians are buddies 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 acquaintances.
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BADRU D. KATEREGGA DAVID W. SHENK Page 22 A MUSLIM PRAYER In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to God, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee do we worship, And Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way, The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, Those whose (portion) Is not wrath, And who go not astray. (The Fatiha which is the opening chapter of the Qur'an) This is the prayer which is repeated by faithful Muslims at least seventeen times a day during the five experiences of corporate prayer.
Although both communities worship the same God and seek to be the people of God, they seldom listen to one another. This book is an attempt by a Muslim and a Christian to witness and to listen. We, the authors, are close friends. We have taught together in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Kenyatta University College, Kenya. Badru Kateregga, a Muslim, taught Islamic history and theology. David Shenk, a Christian, taught Christian history and theology. We have taught comparative religion in a team-teaching relationship.
Muslims are usually uncomfortable with Christians writing about Islam. Similarly Christians seldom identify with Muslim interpretations of Christianity. This book, jointly authored by a Mus- Page 20 lim and a Christian, has been written under the glaring light of mutual presence. Every word we have written has been honed by knowledge that we are working together. Honesty, kindness, and sensitivity have therefore been absolutely necessary. BADRU D. KATEREGGA DAVID W. SHENK Page 22 A MUSLIM PRAYER In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
A Muslim and a Christian in dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga