Author teaches what's right with Islam

There’s no denying that too many Westerners view Muslims with uncertainty and distrust. That’s why Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s re-released book, What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West (HarperOne, $14.95) is so important.

Islamic culture, Rauf notes, has a lot to offer the U.S – cross-cultural dialogue, enhanced pluralism, and new ideas. Afterall, he writes, human dignity is at the core of all Americans.

Christians, Jews and Muslims (which make up the Abrahamic faiths) have the same values and Rauf quotes the Quran, the Torah and the Bible to illustrate this.

“A harmonious pluralistic society requires us to know ourselves and the others in our midst,” he writes. “No Christian can claim to be following the precedent of Christ unless she or he accepts the presence of other intelligent, compassionate, educated people who are deeply spiritual Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or atheists.”

The same principle applies to other religions, the author notes, including Islam.

And all of us share the same duty – to heal the relationship between “America and the Muslim world.”

“We all must remember that at bottom, we’re all just people: people with similar dreams, similar aspirations, similar frustrations, and similar needs. And as in human relationships, it’s about what each side wants from the other and how to structure a working arrangement that gives each party what it wants,” Rauf writes.

In What’s Right with Islam (284 pages), Rauf reminds us that Declaration of Independence states that we are all equal. That, he said, is the American religion.

His book, which was originally published in 2004 as What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America, thoroughly explains the religion of Islam, crushes misconceptions about the faith and makes a strong case as to why Westerns should embrace their Muslim neighbors.

Anyone who cares about pluralism should have this book.

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