In Islam, love is perceived to be a sign of weakness. To love is to be vulnerable. Far be it from Allah, the all-powerful, to be weak or vulnerable. What Muslims fail to recognize is that love also produces genuine confidence and hope, and it teaches the beloved to love freely and generously in return. Islam has no concept of the strength of love. It holds no belief that to be loving is a desirable character quality.
In Islam, God and man are wary of each other, whereas in Christianity, God and man are in love with each other. This difference is of great importance because it lies at the heart of the tension Muslims feel towards Christians.
How a person relates to God is how a person relates to others. Muslims are taught – exhortations, to be charitable notwithstanding – to judge, condemn, reject, avoid, ignore and even eliminate their neighbors if those neighbors fail to measure up to their standards of faith and religious practices. Because that is how they expect Allah to deal with them if they disobey his commands.
The tragedy of Islam is failure to recognize God’s real concern for re-establishing a relationship of love with mankind. In an effort to give Allah honor, Islam has seriously underestimated the real power of God. Muslims simply are unable to comprehend the tremendous power of divine love that chose to live humbly as a man among men so that all might know God.