1 God Unites Muslims, Christians, Jews

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Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer

Imam Zaid Malik of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida says the terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 have as little to do with his faith as Tim McVeigh had to do with Christianity.

They may claim to be Muslims, but their actions don't reflect Islamic teachings, Malik said.

He said Islam is a non-violent religion that disallows excessive violence and forbids the killing of innocents.

Malik said the Quran, the holy book of Islam, says Muslims should have special relationships with Christians and, to a lesser extent, Jews because they believe in one God.

"The relationship is not of being hostile or enmity. The relationship is to be one of dialogue," Malik said. "One God, this is the basis of relationships."

Major figures from Judaism and Christianity figure prominently in Islam, which also considers the Torah, the Psalms and the New Testament holy books. Abraham, Moses and David are major prophets, as is Jesus, who the Quran says was sent by God and will return on Judgment Day.

The miraculous birth of Jesus is recorded in the Quran, which devotes an entire chapter to his mother, Mary, and his cousin, John the Baptist. …