When the Prophet (ﷺ) was asked which people suffered the greatest affliction, he replied, 'The prophets, then those who come next to them, then those who come next to them. A man is afflicted in keeping his religion. If he is firm in his religion his trial is severe, but if there is weakness in his religion it is made light for him, and it continues like that till he walks on the earth firm in his religion.'
(Prophet Muhammed ﷺ; transmitted by Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Darimi)
by Michael Oren Fitzgerald (Editor), Judith Fitzgerald (Editor), Fiesel Abdul Rauf (Introduction)
By juxtaposing those passages depicting what the Koran says regarding different revelations—especially the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism and Christianity—this book not only reveals the common bond of these three faith traditions, but it also urges the reader to examine and probe the underlying transcendent unity of faith itself. . . . Why is this important? . . . Because so much misconception exists as to the relationship between Islam on the one hand, and Judaism and Christianity on the other. . . . These inspirational selections present the same essential spiritual truths that are found within each of the world’s major religions, offered in the hope that they will compel people who have lost their faith in God to reconsider; to stimulate adherents of other faiths to recognize their common bond with Muslims; and to contribute to a deepening of the life of prayer for practicing Muslims, and, indeed, for people of all faiths.
(Feisel Abdul Rauf)