One of the key factors to understand and know in regard to this topic is that the Koran recognizes both these religions as part of a line of religions of which the final one was Islam. This means that Muslims are asked to recognize the prophets of Judaism and Christianity as messengers of God and to respect them as such. This important stricture has been repeated many times in the Koran. For example;
“It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong).”(Surah 3. The Family of ‘Imran, The House Of ‘Imran-Verse 3 Islam101.com)
 ‘The literal meaning of Islam is peace; surrender of one’s will i.e. losing oneself for the sake of God and surrendering one’s own pleasure for the pleasure of God. The message of Islam was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings on him) 1, 400 years ago. It was revealed through angel Gabriel (on whom be peace) and was thus preserved in the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran carries a Divine guarantee of safeguard from interpolation and it claims that it combines the best features of the earlier scriptures’(http://www.islam.com/introislam.htm)
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