Bringing Abrahamic Peace: Bridging the Qur’an and the Bible

January 19th, 2018

7:15am: Check-in, Coffee/tea
7:30-9:40am: Featured Program
/Discussion

 

Safi Kaskas President Strategic Edge Business ConsultingHost: Berenice Garcia Tellez

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About The Presentation

Why do we need reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in the U.S.? What does reconciliation entail? Do we have enough common ground for reconciliation to be successful? What common ground do we have?

The main message of the book “The Qur’an – with References to the Bible: A Contemporary Understanding”, serves as an enlightenment tool and also provides means for reconciliation between Muslims and the followers of other Abrahamic religions. It is unfortunate that tensions existing in the West since 9/11, are mainly driven by the fear of Muslims and their book, the Qur’an.

Kaskas started on the project of translating the Qur’an 10 years ago with David Hungerford, a retired orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Hungerford hopes his fellow Christians may look upon Muslims with less suspicion when they realize how many stories in the Bible have parallels in the Qur’an. “Today, no one talks about this common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, much of which is centered around the person of Jesus of Nazareth,” said Hungerford. Jesus is an important divine figure in the Qur’an, where he is referred to as “Esa.”

The new translation presents more than 3,000 parallels in meaning between the two religious texts in a split-page format. The top of each page is the English translation of the Qur’an, and the bottom shows the analogous biblical verses which account for almost 40 percent of the book.

The book is a project of Bridges to Common Ground, a nonprofit organization which aims to reduce anti-Muslim attitudes among Christians and prevents the radicalization of young Muslims, on the theory that knowledge of each other’s holy books will reveal common values. The book’s intent is not to convert readers from one faith into another, or merge the two religions into one; rather, it seeks to build bridges of understanding among people of the three Abrahamic faiths. The book offers a fresh insight on the “straight path” to reconciling with God and man; sorely needed and missing from other translations.

About the Presenter

Safi Kaskas lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an administrator in the managerial sciences with over 40 years of broad-based experience in strategic planning, leadership and business ethics with an emphasis on strategic management in the corporate and academic worlds.

He is a co-founder of East West University, Chicago, IL; and was elected as President of its Board of Directors from 1979 – 2005.

He is the Founder and President of Strategic Edge Management Consultants. Mr. Kaskas helped many mid-level and large corporations successfully develop their business portfolios. His consultant firm focused on strategic development within the health care industry and founded the American Strategic Healthcare Management Company (ASHM) which owns diagnostic centers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In addition to his focus on strategic management sciences, Mr. Kaskas has studied Abrahamic religions and lectured throughout the US and the Middle East on subjects related to Islam, interfaith and reconciliation between Evangelicals and American Muslims.

He is Senior Researcher in Islam and Multi-Faith Reconciliation at George Mason University, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution.

Mr. Kaskas translated and published the Qur’an into simple easy to understand English in January 2015 and published The Qur’an with references to the Bible in January 2016. This book has 3000 references to the Old and the New Testaments.

The Italian translation of The Qur’an with references to the Bible was completed in April 2016 and was presented to his holiness Pope Francis 1 during the same month.

He is presently working on the first Hadith book/collection of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings on “The Kindest of Manners”.

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