One of the things that happens after a terrorist bombing committed by those who claim to be Muslim is that Islamophobes start quoting the Qur’an out of context saying that Islam is a violent religion dedicated to taking over the world and enslaving everyone else (yes, it is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion revisited).
I’m waiting for the day when some Islamophobe says the proof that Islam is Judeophobic is that Muslims revere a prophet named Isa who entered a synagogue and flipped over tables and drove people out claiming that they were practicing a false religion. It is in fact an event recorded in the Injil in John 2:13-16, Matthew 21:12-13, and Mark 11:15-17. For those of you still unsure, Isa is the Arabic name for Jesus and Injil is the name of the Gospels.
I digress. In the spirit of acontextual citation, below are some verses from the Qur’an about people of other faiths. Translations are pulled from several sources, mixed in with my own work. When I quote directly, I will give the reference.
Be prayerful. Give charity. Pray with [all] others who pray to God.
Do you encourage others to do good and not do so yourself? You too have read the scriptures, so why do you not understand?
Remember, O Children of Israel, the favours I bestowed on you, and made you exalted among the nations of the world.
“Al-Qur’an” (Ahmed Ali)
Truly, those who have faith (in this Qur’an), as well as those who follow the Jewish (faith), and the Christians and the Sabians – all who believe in God and the Last Day, and do righteous deeds, shall have their reward with their Sustainer; they have no fear, neither shall they grieve.
“Soul of the Qur’an: Inspiring Prayers to Kindle Heart and Mind” (Saniyasnain Khan)
We have sent revelation to you [Muhammad] as We sent
revelations to Noah and the prophets
(who came) after him;
and We sent revelations to Abraham
and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob, and their offspring,
and to Jesus and Job,
and to Jonah and Aaron and Solomon,
and to David we gave the Book of Psalms,
And to many an apostle We have mentioned before [eg. John, Joseph],
and to many other apostles We have not mentioned to you;
and to Moses God spoke directly.
All praise be to God who bestowed on me Ishmael AND Isaac in old age. Verily my Lord listens to prayer.
(Abraham’s prayer, emphasis mine)
“Al-Qur’an” (Ahmed Ali)
Commemorate Moses in the Book.
He was a chosen one,
both an apostle and a prophet.
These are the ones blessed by God:
The prophets of the progeny of Adam,
Those in the ark with Noah,
The children of Abraham and Israel,
Those whom We guided and whom We chose,
for they fell weeping in adoration
when the revelation of The Merciful
was recited to them.