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By Badru D. Kateregga

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Christians are friends and worship a similar God. but they seldom witness to one another, and the problems they care for are profound. instead of an hostile interplay, Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk pioneer one other way--that of genuine discussion among neighbors.

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I fully share their hopes and concerns; it is a privilege to commend the authors to a wide range of readers around the globe. However, in doing so I want to have in mind the queries and misgivings of the conceivable other choices for this role. I hope all readers will have an awareness too of how these other perspectives relate to what they find. Given the pattern the authors have followed, two impressions Page 14 emerge. The first is how far we have come from polemic and barren controversy. " It is important that the approach these authors model deepen and widen among us.

He has revealed to humankind ninety-nine beautiful names (al-asma al husna) which indicate His transcendent majesty and unity. The Qur'an says, "Allah's are the fairest names. Invoke Him by them. And leave the company of those who blaspheme His names. They will be requited what they do" (Qur'an 7:180). " 3 These names are not used to divide Allah, for Allah cannot be more than One, but rather to express some of His attributes. Muslims use these names in reverence for God and as part of praise and prayer.

Qur'an 79:2933) We can deduce from the Qur'anic witness that not only is God the Creator of the whole universe, but that He has also created it in an orderly and understandable manner. 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).

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