Hello, I am Greek Orthodox and I am here to debate about the similarities between Orthodoxy and Islam. I will be debating for this topic and my opponent will obviously debate against this topic. I will explain how both the Religions are similar but my opponent will explain how they are not. This is a friendly debate and it does not require any hate, I will respect my opponent's views. God Bless!
Thank you for accepting! Now like it was explained in the comments of Orthodoxy, personally I see Islam as very similar. They both have respect for saints and prophets that spoke the word of God, they both worship God and they both worship Jesus! They both have similar ceremonies, for example on Orthodox Easter, we all hold candles and we walk around while we celebrate Jesus who died for us on the cross, Muslims do something very similar to that!
Now I will be explaining the things that are not similar.
Muslims don't actually worship Jesus. They believe that Jesus was created (Surah 3:59), that he wasn't killed (Surah 4:157), is no more than a messenger of Allah & that the Trinity is false (4:171), that the Gospel was revealed to Jesus rather than it being written after he died (Surah 5:46), that he himself said not to worship him (5:116), and that he isn't the son of God (19:34-35). These things go against Christianity's fundamental beliefs, and for a Christian to reject the things that Islam says about Jesus would go against Islam's fundamental belief that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah. This means that the fundamental beliefs of Islam and Christianity have a big contradiction, despite the similarities.
Very good analysis! According to Muslims I have met, they attend Islamic Mosques and have explained to me that their Mosque does ceremonies for the death of Jesus. In their Mosque they recognise the death of Jesus. Back to the saints and prophets, both the religions have a respect for the saints and prophets mentioned in the Bible. In Europe there are Easterners and Westerners, basically most of the Easterners are Orthodox while the Westerners are Islamic but there isn't much difference at all. Orthodox Christians kiss Icons and the hands of Priests and Muslims kiss Icons and the beards of Priests, both shows respect and devotion.
If there are Mosques that do ceremonies for the death of Jesus, that has to do with Muslims being similar, not Islam itself, which would not condone those ceremonies. I can't deny that there are obvious similarities, but my main point is that the differences outweigh them, seeing how the main differences in the Qur'an and Bible are foundational.