Common Ground in the Bible and Qur'an

from Shane's Muslim Connect

Jesus said loving your neighbor is second only to loving God. Most of us need connecting points to get that going. If you’re trying to be neighborly with a Muslim, commonalities between the Bible and Quran might serve as good starting points. 

Asbury Seminary president, Dr. Tim Tennent, in a clear and helpful essay, shares some examples: "In the Qur’an, Allah creates the earth in six days (25:59), culminating in the creation of the first man, Adam. Adam and his wife eat of the forbidden fruit and become aware of their nakedness (20:115–122). Allah sends Moses to confront Pharaoh, inflict the plagues on Egypt, and lead the Israelites out of Egypt through the parting of the Red Sea (26:9–75). Allah gives Moses the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, which are subsequently broken (7:143–150).

"Throughout the Qur’an several of the Ten Commandments are repeated, including the commands to “serve no other gods” (24:55), refrain from making idols (4:116), not covet (4:32), not murder (6:151), and honor one’s father and mother (6:151). In the Qur’an one can read about such familiar OT stories as Noah building the ark and preaching judgment to his generation (11:25–49; 23:23–32); Joseph being betrayed by his brothers, sold to a caravan of travelers, and brought to Egypt (12:7–21); King David’s adultery with Bathsheba (38:21–25); the queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon (27:22–44); and Jonah being swallowed by the great fish (37:139–148)."

If you’re talking with a Muslim who knows the Quran, these can be good conversation starters. For someone unfamiliar with it, maybe introduce one of these stories by telling them it’s in both books. If things go well, you’ll have plenty of time to kick around the differences.