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. If Christianity is nearly two thousand years old and Islam

more than fourteen hundred years, why were these discussions

not held centuries ago?


Many Asian and African countries of Muslims were

colonized by Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain and

Portugal over the past 2 to 3 centuries. Thousands of Christian

missionaries tried to convert as many Muslims as they could by

whatever means they had. (by bribing the poor with medical

treatment, clothes, food, jobs etc but very few were converted.)

After the Second World War thousands of Muslims from Asian

and African countries were immigrating as workers and

professionals to the Western Hemisphere, which brought them

more in contact with the Christians. Also Muslim students were

active in introducing Islam to their fellow students.


Do you see any other reasons why many dialogues are held

nowadays between the Muslims and Christian missions?


I think the gap between both is becoming smaller as each is

more tolerant, although both are still competing in getting more


We Muslims feel closer to the

sincere Christians

than to the

Jews, or the idol worshippers and the atheists.

The Qur’an clearly says in

Surah.5:v 82

: “Thou wilt find the most

vehement of mankind in hostility to those who are muslims (to

be) the Jews and the idolators. And thou wilt find the nearest of

them in affection to those who believe; those who say: Lo! We

are Christians. This is because there are among them priests and

monks (i.e. persons entirely devoted to the service of God, as are

the muslims) and because they are not proud.”