Who we are
Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous. Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah knoweth well those that do right. --al Imran 3:113-115
People of the Book Publications was started by individuals who have observed the discrepancy between the view of Muslims in the West and our own experience with Muslims. It seems that Western society is increasingly gripped by a fear of Islam as a one-sided perspective is promoted by the mainstream media outlets. During personal travels abroad, time was spent with Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia, and only positive experiences and warm friendships were gained. The question arose: “With what lens is the West viewing Islam?”
And there is another side to the coin. Biblical faith can also be easily misunderstood in various ways because of the divergent voices within the Christian community. The various “flavors” of Christianity that exist in the wake of the Protestant Reformation promote different interpretations of Scripture, making it difficult to pinpoint what scripture really teaches. As a result, another question must be asked: “Through which lens are Muslims viewing the Biblical message?”
What we're about
Over the past three years, we have sought to educate people within our own faith community (the Seventh-day Adventist Church) about our personal experiences and have encouraged many to build relationships of peace with the Muslims in their community. Additionally, we have listened to khutbas, participated in Ramadan sawm and iftar dinners, sat in Qur'an studies, participated in Muslim Student Association events and shared warm conversations with Muslims in the United States and around the globe. Through interacting with our Muslim brothers and sisters and sharing the distinct points of Adventist faith, we have realized how much misunderstanding exists, the importance of being able to see the world through another's perspective and the necessity to be able to speak each other's language.
This site and the materials available here are the result of a personal pursuit of knowledge, both of Christian and Islamic teachings. Our goal is not only to share commonly held views rooted in the books of Abrahamic monotheism, but also to present differences in fresh new ways, encourage individuals of both faith backgrounds to engage with each other intelligently and peacefully, and share prophetic insights that are relevant to the times in which we live. Ultimately, we are striving toward three main objectives:
Education -- we seek to share spiritual truths that transcend cultural background and practices rooted in tradition in order to promote the effective transmission of knowledge and to give insight for interfaith settings.
Clarification -- recognizing that much of Christianity has strayed from the true meaning of the Bible, we desire to reexamine the Scriptures and clarify teachings that have been misrepresented, causing a polemic rift between Christians and Muslims.
Reconciliation -- believing that true peace comes through knowledge, we seek to introduce ideas that will call all believers into deeper submission to God [الله] and into respectful and productive relationships with each other.
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