In Arabic, the word “fatwah” simply means “opinion” and, in a religious context, a fatwah is a spiritually instructive opinion, usually given as the answer to a question about religious law. Jesus was a master of the art of fatwah. His opinions, revered by Christians and Muslims alike, remain among the most beautiful and powerful fatwahs ever issued. Jesus pronounced what is perhaps the most famous of his fatwahs when a lawyer asked him to name the greatest of all the commandments. He said, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
It’s in that spirit that we are thrilled to introduce a new DVD curriculum from Living the Questions: The Jesus Fatwah: Love your Muslim Neighbor as Yourself.
With violence and mayhem on the rise in the Middle East and public opinion of Islam plummeting, this is a critical time in both international affairs and for the day to day lives of Muslims everywhere. Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in ancient stereotypes and watered by fear — and disseminated by a multi-million dollar industry bent on stoking a growing Islamophobia. In LtQ’s new The Jesus Fatwah series, both Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we can build relationships across the lines of faith.
The Jesus Fatwah features seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars, including:
- Hans Küng (Islam: Past, Present and Future)
- Brian McLaren (Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?)
- Eboo Patel (Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim)
- Stephen Prothero (God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter)
- Feisal Abdul Rauf (What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America)
Along with five half-hour sessions on one DVD disc, a downloadable participant guide and discussion questions are provided to foster both conversation and action. Written by the Rev. Ben Daniel, author of The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction, the participant guide lays out succinct conversation topics which are then expanded on by the video-based contributors.
In an age of increasing Islamophobia, we believe it’s especially important for Christians to take Jesus seriously and love their neighbors as they love themselves — especially the Muslim ones! The Jesus Fatwah can help you and your faith or discussion group begin the process of discovering who Muslims really are, what they actually believe, and how we can work together in working toward a world at peace.