Islam and Christianity are the two largest religions dominating the world, yet following the same baseline which reflects “Belief in One God.” It’s surprising to know how much similarity and connection both these monotheistic religions carry. Let’s throw some light on these similarities:
The Fateha & The Lord’s Prayer:
“The Lord’s Prayer” in the bible and the “Sura Al-Fateha” in the Quran are universal prayers. After careful observation, we can see that both the prayers carry the similar meaning with only the difference of language.
Belief on Jesus
Both Muslims and Christians recognize the Jesus. Both believe that Jesus was sinless and born of the Virgin Mary. Both religions accept that Jesus preformed miracles and was crucified and raised up to God. The difference is only in the belief where Muslims see Jesus as a highly regarded prophet, while Christians take Him as God Himself.
Belief in the World Hereafter
Islam and Christianity are united on the concept of the doomsday. Both believe that existence of this World is finite, but man does not know when the World will come to an end. Jesus Christ will return when the World ends and at that time Satan and his servants will be defeated. Believers who die will go to heaven and live forever, while Disbelievers will go to hell to be punished.
Similarity in Prayer
Prayer is an integral part of both the religions. Both religions facilitate the communication of man with God through prayer. Prayer can be conducted at any time and special times also exist to make sure man develops the habit to pray. Praying aids like “tasbeeh” in Islam and “rosary” in Christianity are also used which resemble a string of beads.
Creation of This World and Creation of Man
In both the Bible and The Quran, creation of the world and the man has been described alike. Here are a couple of verses, one from Quran and other from Bible, enforcing the same meanings:
- Quran and world’s creation: “We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in Six Days, nor did any sense of weariness touch Us.”
- Bible and world’s creation: “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
- Quran and man’s creation: “Behold! Thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man from sounding clay from mud molded into shape; when I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit fall ye down in obeisance unto him.”
- Bible and man’s creation: “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Similarities in Moral Codes
Both religions enforce their followers to abide by the following moral codes:
- Simple faith without its practical implementation is of no use
- Punishment for those who disrespect God and worship any other deity
- Prohibited from inhumane acts like murder, theft, lying, gambling and violence
- Parents and spouses are to be respected
- Adultery, fornication, Homosexuality and vulgarism is forbidden
- Respect and observing society laws is important
- Intoxication and suicide are forbidden
- Both religions oppose same sex marriage
These points certainly show just how similar Christians and Muslims are. All we have to do is look beyond our differences, extend our hands towards each other and live in peace and unity just the way Quran and Bible have directed.