Here, then, we have mainly a theological problem, but also a practical one. As a Muslim, I see Christianity as my ally in the effort to redeem this misguided world—misguided by many forms of materialism, hedonism, lust, and arrogance. But I want to see my allies firm in their faith. And, of course, many of them are. But for those who are not, may I point out what the Qur’an says about Christians:
[The people of the Gospel should judge by what God sent down in it. Those who do not judge by what God has sent down, such people are deviators/] (Al-Ma’idah 5:47)
The denial of the virgin birth and other miracles is such a deviation. We Muslims have to—and definitely will—stand against it.
I wonder if this Muslim has heard of Hans Kung or the Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong?
- Islam Sees Mary as a Model for All Believers, Archbishop Francesco Gioia. Zenit. May 29, 2003.
- "Our Lady and Islam: Heaven's Peace Plan", by Fr Ladis J. Cizik. Soul Magazine Sept/Oct 2001.
- How Mary Holds Muslims and Christians in Conversation, by Cardinal William Keeler. Origins. CNS Documentary Service, 25, 36 (February 29, 1996): 610-12.