Litanies & Prayers

A Christian-Muslim call to worship

Of God’s Unity, God says in the Holy Qur’an:
​      Say: He is God, the One! God, the Self-Sufficient
           Besought of all! So invoke the Name of thy Lord
           and devote thyself to Him with a complete devotion.

Of the necessity of love for the neighbor, the Prophet
Muhammad—peace and blessings be upon him—said:
     “None of you has faith until you love for your
     neighbor what you love for yourself.”

Jesus said:
     “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One;
     you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
     and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and
     with all your strength.”

This is the first commandment.

The second is this:
     “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is
     no other commandment greater than these.

Say:
     O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word
     between us and you: that we shall worship none but
     God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him,
     and that none of us shall take others for lords beside
     God.

The Messenger of God—peace and blessings be upon him—said:
     When God created the creation, he inscribed upon the
     Throne, “My Mercy overpowers my wrath.”

To each among you:
     We have prescribed a Law and an Open Way. If Allah
     had so willed, He would have made you all one
     community, but [He wishes] to test you in that which
     He has given you, so compete with each other in good
     works.

As the Letter to the Hebrews admonishes:
     And let us consider how to provoke one another to
     love and good deeds.

The goal of you all is Allah; it is He that will show you
     the truth of the matters in which you dispute.

©Ken Sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org. Written for worship featuring a sermon by a Muslim scholar. Texts quoted: Al-Ikhlas, 112:1–2; Al-Muzzammil, 73:8; Mark 12:29–31; Aal ‘Imran 3:64; Sahih al-Bukhari 7404; The  Qur’an, Surah Ma’idah, 48; Heb 10:24; The  Qur’an, Surah Ma’idah, 48.