The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group, instructed America this week that Muslims, Christians and Jewish people all worship the same deity.
“[F]rom an Islamic perspective, there is only one deity worshiped by Muslims, Christians and Jews,” CAIR’s national executive director Nihad Awad explains.
“In fact, the Muslim declaration of faith (shahada) states: ‘There is no god but God,’” Awad adds.
Awad goes on to discuss at some length his views on the words “God” and “Allah.”
“‘Allah’ is merely the Arabic translation for ‘God,’” Awad observes, and “all Arabic-speaking Christians refer to ‘Allah’ in their prayers.”
“Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of Mary,’” the CAIR executive adds. “The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.”