One hundred thirty-eight Islamic leaders publicly extended the hand of friendship to the Western world in a 2007 open letter addressed to Christian leaders and Christians everywhere. The letter is called A Common Word Between Us and You. An excerpt from its summary states:
Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.
The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour.
Before your eyes fill with tears and your heart is warmed by this intercontinental embrace, you should know that Shaykh Sa‘id Hijjawi, who was formerly Grand Mufti of Jordan and was a prominent signatory of the letter, has written fatwas calling for the death of former Muslims, who became Christians.
In his article, “The Apostacy Fatwas and A Common Word Between Us and You”, Mark Durie writes:
How can anyone invite Christians to affirm loving one’s neighbour and freedom of religion, and at the same time promote the killing of Christians, just because they have left Islam? If freedom of religion means anything, it means the right to choose what one believes. This is an excellent issue to raise in interfaith dialog…