My love for the Qur'an started many years ago. As a child, growing up in a liberal Christian home, I'd always loved the Old Testament. When I first began to read the Qur'an in my twenties I was touched in a way which reminded me of my childhood love for the OT. Some verses deeply moved me. The Qur'an is of course widely misunderstood in the West and the difficulty of translating the beautiful 7th C. Arabic plays a big part in this. Translated Qur'ans can differ greatly. Take for instance verse 3:19 which is sometimes translated as 'And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him'. This verse seemingly contradicts all the Interfaith type verses quoted here below. However, in many English Qur'ans this verse is also translated as 'And whoever seeks a religion other than surrender to God, it will never be accepted of him.' The Arabic word 'Islam' means 'surrender (to God)'. During the time when this verse was revealed the religion wasn't called 'Islam' yet, and Muslims were just people who 'surrendered to God.' So there is no contradiction with the other verses as people of all faiths can of course surrender to God.
In studying the Holy Book of Islam there are so many themes and levels you could tune into as it is such an incredibly rich book. Take for instance the verses which show how the Qur'an endorses the major religions, something world famous religious scholar Karen Armstrong points out. Both Islamophobes and extremists don't particularly like these verses as it doesn't fit their agendas. Here's a selection of some of these 'Interfaith verses':
5:47-48 'To each of you We have given a law and a way of life (religion). If God would have desired He would surely have made you into a single people -professing one faith (and following one law). But He wished to try and test you by that which He has given each of you. So excel in good deeds. To Him you will all return in the end, when He will resolve that upon which you disagreed.'
2:62 ''The [Muslim] believers, the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabians- all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good- will have their rewards with their Lord. No fear for them, nor will they grieve.''
3:3-4 ''He (God) sent down the Torah and the Gospel in the past as guidance for mankind.''
2:136 Say: "We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and, their descendants, and that which has been vouchsafed to Moses and Jesus; and that which has been vouchsafed to all the [other] prophets by their Sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them. And it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves."
29:46 'And do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation otherwise than in a most kindly manner - unless it be such of them as are bent on evildoing and say: 'We believe in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you: or our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto Him that we [all] surrender ourselves.''
22:40 'And if God did not repel some people by others, cloisters, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques in which God's name is much remembered, would have been pulled down.
5:82 'And nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those who say, "We are Christians," because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.'
2:285 ''The messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; they all believe in God and His angels and His books and His messengers; We make no difference between any of His messengers.'' (NB 'books', plural)