Don't you love a question that comes at you like a challenge.
"If the Qur'an says Muslims are supposed to be respectful of other religions," a business associate taunted, "how come I heard an Imam say that all Jews were Muslims?"
It's the Humpty Dumpty language problem again. (Click here for the initial post.)
Muslim مسلم is an Arabic word that means one who submits to the will of God. The word can be used two ways.
With an uppercase M, Muslim carries the commonly understood meaning: a follower of Islam who believes that Muhammed is the final and true Prophet.
With a lowercase m, muslims are followers of other faith traditions who submit to the will of THEIR God. And that includes Jews.
Same word. Different capitalization. Different meaning.
Compare, "Wow. Look at that purple dress! She doesn't have a very conservative wardrobe," with, "Oh, the new folks? I hear they're Conservative Jews."
That's the situation with muslims and Muslims.
Every Friday morning I study the Qur'an with Muslims. On Saturday mornings I study the Torah with muslims.
All of a sudden I have an overwhelming craving for M&M's.