Prominent Muslims Reach Out to Christians

Recently Muslim clerics, academics and senior theologians wrote an open letter to the world's Christian leaders stating both religions should learn to work together since they each believe in worshipping one God and in practicing neighborly love, reported The New York Times.

The 29-page letter, titled "A Common Word Between Us and You," was signed by 138 prominent Muslims and specifically addressed 25 major Christian leaders in the world, including Pope Benedict XVI, who apologized last year for suggesting Islam was a religion of violence.

The letter stated the world's two largest religions, which make up more than half the world's population, should compete only "in righteousness and good works." According to the Times, some analysts see the moderate and congenial tone of the letter aimed at Muslims as much as Christians.

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