” LONDON (Reuters) -…In an unprecedented letter toand other Christian leaders, 138 Muslim scholars said finding common ground between the world’s biggest faiths was not simply a matter for polite dialogue between religious leaders.
“If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. With the terrible weaponry of the modern world; with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world’s inhabitants,” the scholars wrote.
Such a joint letter is unprecedented in Islam, which has no central authority that speaks on behalf of all worshippers.
The list of signatories includes senior figures throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa,and North America. They represent Sunni, Shi’ite and Sufi schools of Islam.
The letter was addressed to the Pope, leaders of Orthodox Christian churches, Anglican leaderand the heads of the world alliances of the Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist and Reformed churches.”