As part of ACI’s commitment to promote good neighbourliness, with people of other faiths with an emphasis on the Muslim communities based on the biblical imperative of ‘Love God and Love your neighbour’ (Matthew 22:36-40), exemplified by the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’ (Luke 10: 25-37), the Institute offers a non-credit certificate programme on Christian-Muslim relations. The programme is premised on two principles. First, that Christians must get their house in order as they seek to promote Christian constructive engagement and building relations with Muslims as people of the Islamic faith. Secondly, that for such a relationship to be fruitful and enriching, it must not be carried out in ignorance, but with an informed knowledge of the basics of the Muslim neighbour’s faith and practice. The focus on Islam and Muslims stems from the fact that Christianity and Islam currently wield the largest following in the world which ACI is part of, in Africa, which is ACI’s wider working terrain and in Ghana, which is ACI’s home base.
The programme requires a total of 69 contact hours, at three modular levels or courses: basic (18), intermediate (21) and advanced levels (30). Each level or course will be delivered with partly lecture and interactive discussions.
The Basic Level
At the Basic Level, the course is aimed at providing the basics of Islam and what Muslims believe, Guidelines on Christian-Muslim relations and Christian witness in an interfaith environment of Christians and Muslims that respects the spirit of good neighbourliness. These topical issues are expected to stimulate discussions on the Islamic faith, what Christians need to understand and work towards building community constructive relations, and how Christian witness which is a Christian mandate can be carried out without violating peace in society and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in particular, and people of other religions in general. Ultimately, it is expected that students will be transformed in their personal understanding and attitude toward Muslims.