I would advise caution here. It is true Muslims worship one and merciful God. However, this sentence suggests that the two conceptions of God are equal. Yet in Christianity God is the Trinity in its essence, plurality united by love: He is a bit more than just clemency and mercy. We have two quite different conceptions of the Divine One. Muslims characterize God as inaccessible. The Christian vision of the Oneness of the Trinity emphasizes that God is Love which is communicated: Father-Son-Spirit, or Lover-Beloved-Love, as St. Augustine suggested.
Sometime ago we published news that in Malaysia some clerics have been upset by use of the name Allah by the Christians.
This development was roundly denounced around the World, and we also provided evidence to show why. What doesn’t get publicised though are the debates Christians have on similar issues.
In the link below is a debate among Catholics regarding whether the Pope was correct to say that God of Islam and God of Christianity are the same. It seems that many Catholics believe that they are different. If that is the case then should they be using the name Allah for their Divine Being?
Original Source: The American Catholic
George from Ohio, America sent in a question last week asking
How is the Holy Quran different from other holy books?
A Muslim is required to believe that Allah sent His guidance to all nations. This guidance was in the form of revelation to prophets who appeared amongst the people inhabiting different parts of the globe. Their followers tried to learn and remember this guidance. None of the prophets made arrangements for the revelation they received to be written and preserved. Of course the fact that writing implements and the ability to read and write were not common made this task difficult.
Much of the Old Testament was committed to memory by Jewish rabbis. It is said that when it was decided to commit it to writing. 400 Rabbis wrote down what they had learnt. The text produced by each was compared and found to be the same. This took place several hundred years after the appearance of the Israelite prophets.
If we look at the titles of the books of the New Testament, we find that these books were not written by Jesus or at his time. These books were not even written by those who heard Jesus preach but those who came after. This is why their titles contain the words: “Gospel According to “. There was therefore considerable room for doubt about what Jesus may have said.
The Holy Quran is the only book which was compiled by the Prophet who received the revelation found in it. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made arrangements for scribes to be close to him at all times. As soon as he received a revelation he would call a scribe and dictate the words to him and instruct him as to where in the Holy Quran the revelation is to be added.
At the time of the Holy Prophet’s death these writings were brought together so that all the revelations received by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) could be preserved in exactly the format in which it was complied by Him.