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Assalamo Alaikom. “Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say “We are Christians”. This Quranic verse talks about how Islam views these two religions. What is meant by “enmity” between Muslims and Jews? Are we required to hate each other? And so are we closer to Christians ideologically as Muslims? Thanks
|Dr. Mohsen Haredy|
Salam dear brother,
Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
Islam is the religion of all the prophets and messengers from Adam to Muhammad. All prophets came with one and the same message, i.e. to worship God (Allah) alone and not to associate others with Him.
All the followers of previous prophets who worshipped God and admitted His Oneness are considered Muslims.
Islam calls the Christians and the Jews Ahl al-kitab (People of the Book), i.e. the followers of the scriptures of their prophets; Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all).
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