Islam

Teachings of The
Qur'an &Mohammed

 

*History of Islam

Islam (meaning "submission to God") was founded by Mohammed (A.D. 570-632). An orphan, given to mysticism (some historians think he was an epileptic), Mohammed's character was a mixture of generosity and cruelty, religious zeal and sensuality. He was the recipient of a series of "visions and revelations" which were purportedly an extension of the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments, with which he was superficially familiar. These collected writings, 114 "Suras" in all, became the Koran, the sacred book of the Muslims. Salvation and heaven are earned by the Muslim through belief in one God (Allah), angels, the Koran, the prophets (of Whom Mohammed was the last and greatest), the final judgment and God's decrees, and through the faithful practice of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, recital of the creed ("No God but Allah and Mohammed his prophet"), and once in a lifetime, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

*Mohammed

  1. Never claimed to be sinless like Jesus, therefore he also needed a Savior.
  2. Muslims believe that all the sins Mohammed committed, as any other prophet, occurred before his calling to be a prophet. They believe that the prophets are immune from sins and transgressions. Therefore, after he became a prophet, he never sinned. One reason why Muslims believe that the Bible is corrupt is because the Bible mentions some of the prophets' sins after they became prophets.
  3. According to the Bible, however, Jesus never committed a sin before or after his service on earth. When challenged, no man could point out his sins.
  4. However, after Mohammed became a prophet, many times he prayed to God asking for his forgiveness. When Mohammed was a prophet, some of the sins he committed were as follows,

- Mohammed led wars to open countries and cities by sword for his new religion, killing anyone who dare to resist his army or refuse his religion. Muslims consider this an act of obedience to Allah. Jesus opened countries and cities with his teachings of love and miracles of mercy.

- Mohammed-married a nine-year-old child when he was 54 years old. Muslims see that he has the right to do anything since he is a prophet.

- He married Zainab, his adopted son's ex-wife, after the son divorced her. The marriage caused a great scandal. To save his reputation, Mohammed sought to justify his conduct by affirming that it was done by Allah's command (Sura 33:37,38). Jesus taught his followers: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery! But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27,28).

- There are many reported cases that Mohammed ordered to kill many persons: the murder of Abu Affaq the Jew, Kab Ibn al Ashraf, Aby Rafi Ibn Abdullah, Salaam Ibn Abu Al-Haqiq, and others. (See Is the Qur’an Infallible? by Abdula Abd Alfadi, page 359.) Our Lord Jesus Christ asked the Father to forgive the people who crucified Him.

- Mohammed despised a blind man (Sara 80: 1 -10). But Jesus stopped the multitude around Him when He heard a blind man calling for Him, and He healed him.

- Mohammed drove away the poor (Sura 6:52). Jesus did not drive away the poor who gathered around Him to hear His teaching. Jesus performed the great miracle of the five loaves and the two fish by which he fed at least 5,000 people.

- Mohammed returned insult for insult (Sura 111: 1-5). Abu Lahab, Mohammed's uncle, told him, "May thou perish." Mohammed wrote a Sura in the Koran, that insulted him and his wife. That is very different from Christ who "when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously" (I Peter 2:23). He taught His followers, "Bless those who curse you ... pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).

5. Mohammed died in Medina and was buried and His body
    remains in the tomb while Jesus is risen and at the right hand of God.

Mohammed As a Prophet

Moses & Jesus were called prophets in the Bible. God spoke to them and hundreds of witnesses witnessed God speaking to them.

  1. To confirm Moses was God’s prophet, God performed miracles through Moses in front of nation of Israel and Egypt.
  2. Jesus performed hundreds of miracles in front of the masses.
  3. Moses and Jesus prophecied about the future that came true.
  4. Over 300 prophecies about Jesus in the O.T. about His coming, death and resurrection came true.
  5. God spoke to Moses on the mountain in the hearing of all Israel. Miriam and Aaron heard the voice of God talking about Moses as a prophet.
  6. God spoke to Jesus and declared him his Son in the presence of hundreds of witnesses at his Baptism and on the mountain of transfiguration witnessed by Peter, James and John. Over 512 witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His proof that He came from God, his message was true and that He was God in the flesh our Creator, and that His death paid the penalty of our sins past, present and future.

Mohammed claimed he is a prophet of God and that the angel Gabriel appeared and spoke to him,

  1. But Mohammed, and no one else other than him, said that he saw or heard God talking to him. There are no witnesses to this claim.
  2. His wife confirmed Gabriel appeared to Mohammed but she never saw Gabriel, but only repeated what Mohamed said to her.
  3. Mohammed performed no miracles.
  4. Mohammed gave no prophecies that came true. All future events he did mention came from the Bible. When Muslims discovered that he lacked the qualifications of a prophet, he told them that he is only a messenger and merely a man (Sura 17:90-93).
  5. There is no mention and no prophecies about Mohammed’s coming or being a prophet of God in the Old Testament.

Qualifications of a Prophet

  1. What he prophecies must come 100% true without exception (Deut 18:20-22)
  2. Performs miracles by God’s hands. Mohammed's followers asked him what kind of miracle he would show them, so they would believe that he was a prophet from Allah (Sura 29: 50-5 1, Sura 2:118, Sura 6:109, Sura 17:9093). He told them that he was not a doer of miracles, thus he was no prophet of God.
  3. A prophet comes to reveal Father God. Mohammed stated that God is not the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is Allah, who was a pagan god before Islam.
  4. His message will confirm, not contradict the Bible. Mohammed’s message contradicted the Bible and God’s plan of salvation through Jesus’ death and shed blood. Thus Mohammed’s message to kill followers of all other religions is not from God, but from Satan.

Jesus’ Message As God the Father’s Prophet

  1. The Old Testament prophesied and Jesus fortold and fulfilled that he would be our sacrifice for our sins, be burried and rise again (1 Cor 15:3-8). Mohammed claimed God called Allah’s followers to kill those who do not believe in Allah.

*Koran

Mulsims believe that the Koran was given to Mohammed word for word through the angel Gabriel whom they also believe is the Holy Spirit.

Moslems believe the Koran to be unique. In the preface to the Koran of King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, the writer claimed that the Koran:

  1. is the Word of Allah, not created but revealed for the benefit of all mankind. It is stated in Sura Al-Furqan 1 "Blessed is He Who sent down the Criterion to his servant [Mohammed] that it may be an admonition to all creatures."
  2. Muslims believe that the Koran is a theoretical and practical book, not only moralizing but also defining specifically the permissible and the forbidden. To recite the Koran is considered an act of worship and meritorious in itself. Allah says, "So take what the Prophet gives you and refrain from what he prohibits you" (Sura Al Hasher 7 states ).
  3. Muslims believe that Allah has perfected his religion for all mankind with the revelation of this book. He says, "This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion" (Sura Al Maida 3).

Problems with these three statements:

  1. If the Koran is an admonition to all creatures, then why does it have to be written, recited, and used in all Muslim prayers in the Arabic language only?
  2. If it is for all creatures, why did Allah say, "Woe to anyone who asks for the meaning of these words"?
  3. Is allah pleased with forcing non-Arabs to recite the Koran in Arabic, as happens now in Sudan, and mandating that other non-Arabic countries learn the Koran only in Arabic? Is it an act of worship to chant verses from a "holy book" that you do not understand?
  4. Is the Koran a "practical book" when it asks husbands to scourge their wives.
  5. Did the Koran perfect religion for mankind, or does it cause confusion by mentioning things that the Bible does not mention and saying the opposite of what the Bible states in many cases, like denying essential facts like the crucifixion of Christ.
  6. Did God see the Koran as a favor to mankind by repeating the commands and rules of the Old Testament as if Jesus never came to the earth and as if the Holy Spirit never came to dwell in us? [Almahdy, Saleem. "How to Reach Muslims." In The Voice of the Martyrs. June 1998.]
  7. If the Koran has been revealed to the prophet Mohammed, how can we solve the well-known dilemma that Islam existed before Mohammed? Allah was already worshiped as a pagan idol, and certain tenets of Islam—such as fasting during Ramadan and worship at Al Kaaba (the black stone in Saudi Arabia)—were in practice before Mohammed was born.
  8. It is not correct to say that no one has succeeded in meeting the challenge of Allah. It is very clear that the Koran got the majority of its text from the Bible’s Old and New Testament, from the writings of Arabs before mohammed, and from poems in Mohammed’s days. One example of this is from Imru’al-Qais, a pre-Islamic poet who died in AD 540 (30 years before the birth of Mohammed). He composed a famous poem from which the Koran quotes several lines. That means there are many others who not only meet the challenge of Allah, but Allah himself has to quote from their writings.
  9. The Koran teaches that Allah and Allah alone is to be worshiped and adored. Then why did Mohammed allow his followers in the beginning to seek the intercession of the pagan idols and the goddesses Allat, Al Oza, and Mannat, whom the Arabs before Islam recognized as the daughters of Allah the most high?
  10. Muslims teach that Allah took upon Himself to preserve the Koran forever in its entirety. If this is true then why does the Koran quote from the Bible which they claim is corrupt? Why were there so many different versions of the Koran until Khalif Uthman Ebn Afan collected and burned except his copy? [Almahdy, Saleem. "How to Reach Muslims–Part 2." The Voice of the Martyrs. July 1998: 16]

Koran: Reason for Contradictions In

Muslim Scholars stated: "Allah changes his ordinances according to the change of time and circumstances" (Dr. Shalabi, The History of Islam, p. 116)

What does the Bible say?

1 Samuel 15:29 "And also The-Glory-of-Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind."

Psalm 89:34 "My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips." (Psalm 89:34)

Malachi 3:6 "For I, Yehovah, do not change."

Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away."

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever."

  1. In light of this Allah cannot be the one and true God because he does change.
  2. If Allah did not change His words, then the prophet did and thus we have a right to to doubt the divine origin of the Koran.

Mohammed taught that the Bible is the revealed book of the only mighty God and asked his followers to read it and believe in it and to pray facing Jerusalem. However, after Mohammed migrated from Mecca to the city of the Medina, the style of the Suras changed. Allah’s words were "done away with," or abrogated, and Muslims are now instructed to bow to Mecca when they pray. Once Muslims gained a strong army, Allah changed his words and asked them to fight for submission to Isalm instead. (Suyuti, Al. Asbab Alnuzul, Part 3, p. 61.)

Sura 2:256 states "There is no compulsion in religion," and Sura 109:6, "To you your religion, and to me my religion." In addition to these two Suras, there are 114 verses in the Koran that speak about tolerance in early Islam. But according to the famous Muslim commentator and author of Al Nasiekh wa Al Mansoukh ("the abrogator and the abrogated") Iban Hazm al-Andaluski, the 114 verses that speak of tolerance in early Islam were all abrogated by the one verse, "Slay the Idolaters where you find them" (Sura 9:5).

*Allah

  1. Muslims believe that Allah is the almighty one who sits on his throne high above. He does not feel or care for mankind, and no one can talk to him as a friend or have a personal relationship with him. For anyone to even dare think about that, to treat Allah like a person, is considered blasphemy and infidelity in Islam. Therefore, this person deserves to be severely punished by Allah.
  2. The Koran lists many names of Allah. Muslims chose 99 names such as almighty, powerful, great, righteous, etc. But they missed two names which if Muslims dare to even think about they will feel guilty and regard themselves as blasphemers. These names are "God is Love" and "God is the Father," or "my Father."
  3. The most effective way to win a Muslim for Christ is to tell him that God revealed Himself in the Bible as Love and as the Father. That is what every Muslim wishes to find. God is Love (not Allah, as they are completely different); He loves you personally. Not only is He Love, but you can also call Him "Abba Father-my Father." This revelation drew one of the daughters of a famous governmental minister of Pakistan to Christ, along with many other Muslims all over the world.

*Bible

  1. Mohammed accepted the Torah including Genesis and the Psalms and the Gospels as coming from God, but believed that they had become distorted so that these mistakes had to be corrected by Him in the writing of the Koran.
  2. Muslims believe that Moses and Jesus had predicted the appearance of Mohammed, but that the Christians are forgers who erased from the bible everything referring to him.

*God

1. God is only one, not a trinity (16:20, 23, p. 201)

"The gods whom they call on besides God, create nothing, but are themselves created. . . . Your God is the one God." (16:20, 23, p. 201)

*Holy Spirit

Islam teaches that God is not a spirit, so they believe the Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel. In John 4:24 Jesus said plainly that God is Spirit.

*Jesus Christ

1. That He was born of a Virgin, that He was a great prophet
    (3:40, 42, p. 390)

"Remember when the angel said, ‘O Mary! Verily God announceth to thee the Word from Him. His name shall be Messiah Jesus the son of Mary’. . . . She said, ‘How, O my Lord! Shall I have a son when man hath not touched me?’ He said, ‘Thus: God will create what He will; when He decreeth a thing, He only saith, "Be," and it is.’" (3:40, 42, p. 390)

2. He is called both the Word and the Messiah in the Qur’an,
    but deny the Trinity (4:169, p. 428)

"The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and His Word which he conveyed into Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from himself. Believe therefore in God and His apostles, and say not, "Three:" (there is a Trinity)—Forbear—it will be better for you. God is only one God! Far be it from His glory that He should have a son!" (4:169, p. 428)

3. That He was Just and righteous (3:41, p. 390)

His Death & Resurrection

  1. That He was not crucified, but that God took Him to Himself before he was crucified. What they slew on the cross was only His likeness.

"Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not, but they had only his likeness. . . . they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself." (4:156, p. 427).

How To Respond to Muslims About Jesus

Q. Who is Jesus?

A. He is the Word of God, as stated in the Bible in John 1:1-2 and even in the Koran in Sura 3:45. He is the Spirit of God (Sura 4:171). He is a messenger of God (Sura 4:171).

Q. Is Jesus the Son of God

A. Yes He is (Romans 1:3-4).

Q. Did God marry and father a son?

A. No. (Explain the meaning of "the Son of God" meaning God incarnate).

Q. Does God eat, drink, go the restroom?

A. There is a difference between the body of Jesus and the Spirit of God. In the Koran, God has all the characteristics of man; for example, God has a face, He can see, talk, love hate, sit, stand, etc., so it is not strange that God who has all these characters in the Koran can reveal himself as a man in Jesus Christ.

Q. Did God die when Jesus died?

A. No, His human body died.

*Trinity

1. God is not a Trinity, but only one:

"The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and His Word which he conveyed into Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from himself. Believe therefore in God and His apostles, and say not, "Three:" (there is a Trinity)—Forbear—it will be better for you. God is only one God! Far be it from His glory that He should have a son!" (4:169, p. 428)

*Creation

"We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six days, and no weariness touched us." (50:37, p. 93)

*Noah & His Ark

"Before them the people of Noah treated the truth as a lie. . . . So we opened the gates of Heaven with water, which fell in torrents, and we caused the earth to break forth with springs, and their waters met by settled decree. And we bare Him on a vessel made with planks and nails." (54:9-13, p. 77) Continued

 

  1. That Noah built the Ark and that God did flood the world (54:9-13, p. 77)
  2. The Ark rested on Al-Djoudi (11:46, p. 219), a generic name for any high mountain.

*Sin

  1. Islam teaches that sin is simply an action and that man does New Testament have a sinful nature. Therefore, there is nothing to be saved from
  2. One just needs to repent and do good deeds and sins are forgiven.

*Heaven & Hell

  1. They teach an eternal paradise for the righteous, and an eternal hell for the unrighteous, including, but not limited to, all who are not Muslim:
  2. No one can enter heaven. Heaven is the throne of God, and God has no personal relationship with mankind.
  3. The Garden, or Paradise, is the place where man goes and the only way to get to Paradise is to do good deeds, pray, fast, give alms to the poor, if possible visit Mecca the birthplace of Islam, and recite the Islamic creed: "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah."

"A picture of the Paradise which God promised to them that fear Him. The rivers flow beneath its bowers: its food and its shades are perpetual. This is the reward of those who fear God; but the reward of the unbelievers is the Fire." (13:35, p. 337).

3. Even with all this, there is no guarantee that one will go to
    Paradise. It is up to Allah whether he allows someone into
    paradise or hell.

"Whoso desireth any other religion than Islam, that religion shall never be accepted from him, and in the next world he shall be among the last." (3:79, p. 394)

"The weighing on that day, with justice! And they whose balances shall be heavy, these are they who shall be happy. And they whose balances shall be light, these are they who have lost their souls, for that to our signs they were unjust." (7:7-8, p. 294)

4. They teach an eternal paradise for the righteous, and an eternal hell
    for the unrighteous, including, but not limited to, all who are not
    Muslim (13:35, p. 337; 3:79, p. 394; 7:7-8, p. 294)

*Salvation

1. First, you must be Muslim, second based on your works as a Muslim:

"The weighing on that day, with justice! And they whose balances shall be heavy, these are they who shall be happy. And they whose balances shall be light, these are they who have lost their souls, for that to our signs they were unjust." (7:7-8, p. 294)

*Forgiveness in Islam

  1. In Islam, sin is an act for which punishment must match the weight and nature of the sin. Islam teaches that no one is born with a sinful nature. That is why they do not see the need for Jesus' death on the cross.
  2. In the Koran, they even changed Jesus' name to "Isa" to eliminate its meaning in the Hebrew language, which is Savior.
  3. Islam categorizes sin into two main areas: the greater sins and the lesser sins. Sura (a chapter in the Koran) 42:37 says, "Those who avoid great offenses and obscenities" and in Sura 53:32, "Those who avoid great offenses and obscenities but are prone to failings your Lord's mercy is wide." Muslim theologians differ as to the number of these "greater sins." The traditional figure is seven. They are:

4. Every sin has its own punishment. Some sins, such as adultery, have many kinds of punishment. It also differs if the one who commits the sin is male or female. Under Islam, females bear greater punishment. However, in other Sura, the Koran equalizes the punishment of the male and female.

5. Some of the lesser sins can be atoned for by ritual washing, in which Muslims are required by Mohammed to wash certain parts of their body before they pray to Allah. If they do not first wash themselves, Allah will not accept their prayers.

6. Muslim theologians also disagree about the number of ways in which a Muslim can receive forgiveness for both greater and lesser sins. The most common ways are based on verses in the Koran and Hadith (sayings and teachings of Mohammed and the Khalifs Mohammed’s followers). Those ways are:

7. Although these "works" are a means by which Muslims believe they receive forgiveness, Muslims still acknowledge their need for atonement and are searching for it, according to the Last Harvest Inc. and Middle East for Christ. In a 1992 survey of a group of Muslims, these ministries found that forgiveness of sin is the most important and urgent need for Muslims.

8. As Christians we can rejoice that forgiveness is not based on doing good works or on the opinions or judgments of others, but on the grace of God and redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 2:21).

*Islam & Free Will

  1. Muslims have no right to choose the religion that they see as divine and abandon the religion that is not. Muslims believe that "the religion before Allah is Islam" (Sura 3:19).
  2. Jews believe that Judaism is theirs and they do not like or accept that the whole world has to become Jewish.
  3. Christians believe Jesus is the only way to heaven and thus seek to evangelize the world and bring everyone to Jesus. Christians also, however, understand that only the Holy Spirit of God can open a man’s eyes to this truth and thus do not try to bring people to Jesus through compulsion, force, or the sword.
  4. Muslims believe that Islam must be the religion of all, and Allah ordered them to force anyone they can to accept Islam. Someone may quote Sura 2:256 "There is no compulsion in religion," plus the other 114 verses in the Koran which speak of tolerance. However, these were all revoked by one verse: "Slay the Idolaters where you find them" (Sura 9:5).

"Holy war (jihad) is an Arabic virtue, and a divine obligation; the Muslim is always mindful that his religion is a Koran and a sword. . . the Muslim then is forever a warrior." (Az-Zyat, Ahmad Hassan. Al-Azhar, August 1959, magazine of the Islamic university in Cairo)

5. If a Muslim decides to change his religion, he has 30 days to change his mind. If he does not his blood is lawful for anyone to take without penalty on the killer. (Al-Shafi’i, Imam. The Ordinances of the Koran Part 1, p. 289)

6. When Muslims take over a country both Christians and Jews must reject their religion and embrace Islam or be killed. (Al-Shafi’i, Imam. The Ordinances of the Koran Part 2, p. 50)

Woman’s Free Will

  1. A girl in Islam cannot marry the manshe loves if her father does not agree with the marriage. Hadith gives the Father the right to force her daughter to marry whoever he wishes.
  2. Woman have no right to divorce even if their husbands are unfaithful and abusive. The man, however, has the right to divorce her if she is sick, gives birth to no children, or even if he just wants to divorce her. To divorce her all he has to do is say "I divorce you" three times and they are divorced. He will not be able to marry her again until a man marries her for at least one night and has sexual intercourse with her, then he can divorce her and she can go back to her original husband.
  3. Woman have no right to protest if their husbands marry three more women besides them, since Allah has given permission for men to do so.
  4. In Saudi Arabia women cannot drive cars, only men can.

*Satan and Demons in Islam

  1. When Muslims read the Koran, they begin by saying, "I take refuge with Allah from the devil." Then they say, "In the name of Allah the gracious and merciful."
  2. Muslims believe that there are Muslim jinn (demons) who could hear Mohammed reciting some of the Koran and believed in Islam, too (Sura 46:29,30). So dealing with demons in Islam is very frightening for Muslims, because they believe that their prophet used to fear them and recite the words, "I take refuge with Allah from Satan." They believe that if the demons have the power to seduce Mohammed, then there is no way to overcome them So Muslims are always afraid of the evil eves and believe that they are somehow connected with sorcery and witchcraft.
  3. Jesus not only cast out and frightened demons, but He also gave His followers the authority to cast them out of men's bodies (Mark 16:17).
  4. The Bible tells us that the enemy (the devil) comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). In Arabic and Islamic countries such as Egypt, Muslims destroy churches and prevent pastors from remodeling them. They destroy Christian families by kidnaping girls and forcing them to marry Muslim men. The father of a kidnaped girl cannot complain to the authorities about his daughter's disappearance if she married a Muslim. Muslims kill and silence any voice that is raised against their stealing, killing, and destroying.
  5. In Sudan, Pakistan, and Iran, we find nothing but stealing, killing, and destroying. In some Muslim countries, Governments destroy the minds of Christian children by forcing them to recite the Koran in Arabica language they have not learned, thinking that they are doing the will of Allah. In Pakistan, some northern provinces now totally embrace Muslim law. In one blasphemy case in Pakistan, a Christian's two eyewitness accounts could not stand in court against the one Muslim testimony. In Iran, Muslim converts to Christianity who evangelize are arrested and beaten.
  6. The Koran attempts to destroy the biblical facts about Jesus as God appearing in the flesh. It tries to destroy the fact of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Koran stole some biblical stories and disfigured them.

*Intercession Through Prayer

  1. Allah only receives intercession from Mohammed, no one else. He can intercede for someone even after that person is dead.

*What Christians & Muslims Have in Common

  1. Want justice and compassion toward the sick and needy.
  2. They struggle to do good and are tempted.
  3. They are sometimes lonely, disappointed, troubled, sick or face death.
  4. They want to know the meaning of life and seek God as the answer to their problems.

*What We Must Do To Reach Muslims for Jesus

  1. You must change your attitude toward Muslims. Many Christians see Muslims as trouble makers. However, like ourselves they long to know God and have assurance of heaven.
  2. Remember the command of the Lord Jesus before He ascended into heaven: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Jesus also had the Muslims in mind when he gave this command.
  3. Muslims have many needs our cultural barriers hinder us from meeting, but this why we need to support missionaries to the Muslims who do understand their culture.

*What Loving Muslims Means

  1. First, that you recognize them as fellow human beings.
  2. Second, it means studying their relgion to find the good points you can be glad about.
  3. Don’t compromise the truths of your Christian faith, but share Jesus with them in truth and love. Loving them does not mean in sharing the Gospel not offending them.
  4. Jesus commanded us to to proclaim repentance for forgiveness of sins in his name to all the nations (Luke 24:47, Matt 28:18-20)
  5. The most important thing is for Christians to have a new attitude of love toward Muslims. That will lay the foundation for sharing our Christian faith.

"But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

*Communicate the Gospel to Muslims

The greatest need of Muslims is to hear God’s Word. Offer them Bibles and material that are sensitive to their cultures and that are designed specifically for their understanding. Be sensitive to your use of words and how you communicate them. How Muslims react to the following statements:

  1. "God your Father"—God cannot be some man or woman’s father. God is the master and men are slaves. This is the only relationship between God and man that exists in Islam.
  2. "God loves you"—God also does not love mankind unconditionally. God loves only strong believers in Islam, the love of a master to his good slave, not the father to his son. "God is Father" and "God is love" are not in the Koran.
  3. "His only Son"—God (Allah) has no son in Islam. When you say that Jesus is the Son of God, they think that God married the virgin Mary who conceived Jesus. So the Muslims will not listen to Christians. They do not understand the Trinity. We do not worship three Gods, and we do not accept that God had physical sex with Mary to create Jesus.
  4. "A believer"—A believer in Isalm is one who recites what is called the two witnesses: "There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is the prophet of Allah." Reciting this sentence is enough to make a person a believer in Isalm. Muslims believe they must recite a "witness" to become a Christian, and they will not deny their Islamic witness.
  5. "Yor personal Savior"—There is no "personal" relationship between man and Allah.
  6. "A new nature instead of the sinful nature"— Muslims will not understand what you are talking about. Islam does not teach that man has a sinful nature after the fall of Adam and Eve. Sins in Islam are specific acts, not a result of a sinful nature—so there is no need for salvation.
  7. "Give your life to Jesus"—Jesus is only a prophet of Allah in Islam. Some say that He died and Allah brought Him to heaven. Some believe that God brought Him to heaven and He still lives and will come again to die and return to heaven. All Muslims believe that Jesus was never crucified, and, after all, He is a man like Adam and cannot give eternal life to anyone because it is only God’s ability.
  8. "Pray with me now"—Prayer in Islam is not simply talking to Allah, because no one can do that. Prayer is a recitation. You cannot tell a Muslim that we will pray now, because he has a special time of day to pray each of the five prayers he must do every day. For a Muslim to pray, he has to take off his shoes, wash, have a special covered spot on the ground, look toward Mecca, and recite parts of the Koran for his prayer. Even if you are willing to pray like him, a Muslim cannot pray with you because you are not a Muslim.
  9. "Guarantee your entrance to heaven to be with Him forever"—No one in Islam can guarantee that he will go to heaven or be with Allah.

*Seek Holy Spirit Guidance in Witnessing to Muslims

Each Muslim has a different reaction to the Gospel which can be catagorized in this way:

  1. Those who do not like to discuss any social or religious topic with a Christian so as not to defile themselves. The only way you can witness to this kind of Muslim is through lifestyle and character (Matthew 5:16). They must see Jesus in you.
  2. A Muslim who has a positive attitude toward Christians but does not want to discuss religion. This person also needs to see Jesus’ lived out in the person’s life. However, he will discuss social issues which can lead to talking about Jesus.
  3. A Muslim who can talk about religion but attacks the Bible and doctrinal issues. This person’s goal is to force Islam upon you. He firmly believes in the divine origin of Islam. This person you must listen to until he is finished always answer his questions with a question.

Muslim: Do you believe that the Bible you read is the same one that was inspired by God?

Christian: Yes, I do; what do you believe?

Muslim: This is not the original Bible; it is a corrupt one.

Christian: do you know where I can find a copy of the original?

Muslim: No, I do not, but I am sure that this one is a corrupt Bible.

Christian: Can you tell me when that happened? Did the corruption occur before or after Islam?

Muslim: Before Islam, of course.

Christian: Then why did the prophet of Islam ask the people of the book, the Christians and the Jews, to observe the Torah and the Injil [the Old and New Testaments], asking them to view them as a reference and as valid books? Sura 5:68 in the Koran says, "O people of the book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Torah, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord. It is the revelation that cometh to thee from the Lord." According to Sura 10:94, Allah also told Mohammed that if he had doubts about anything being revealed to him, he may ask the people of the book. "If you doubt what we have revealed to you, ask those who have read the Scriptures before you. The truth has come to you from the Lord: therefore do not doubt it. Nor shall you deny the revelations of God, for then you shall be lost."

4. A Muslim who is open to hearing what you have to say without any arguments. This is a person who wants to hear what you have to say about Christianity, not respond. He wants to understand why you believe what you believe.

5. A Muslim who is open to the truth of Christianity. This is a Muslim who is ready to duscess the truths of the Bible and desires eagerly for you to answer any questions he may have about your faith.

6. A Muslim who has doubts about Islam and asks questions about Christianity. You need a person who is well versed in Islam and can answer the questions this person may have about either Islam or Christianity in order to see their differences.

7. A Muslim who loves Jesus and asks how he can accept Jesus as his personal Savior. With this person you just need to give him the presentation of the Gospel in What Is Eternal Life? and then give him the opportunity to receive this Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Two more things you need to do to reach Muslims effectively: Ask the Lord to help you see what the real needs of the Muslim are. Second, discernment to know when the right time to talk to them about Jesus is. If you know what your Muslim friend thinks of Christianity, the Holy Spirit will give you guidance to know the right time to share the Gospel.

*Arab World Ministries, U.S.A.

P.O. Box 96
Upper Darby, PA 19082-0096
USA

Arab World Ministries
P.O. Box 3398
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 4T3
Canada

Arab World Ministries
P.O. Box 51
Loughborough
Leicestershire LEI I 02Q, United Kingdom


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