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WHAT EVERY CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ISLAM

MUHAMMAD

Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 570 A.D. His father died before Muhammad was born. He was sent to live with a family outside of Mecca. His mother died when he was five and then he was placed in the care of his relatives. When Muhammad was 25 years old, Khadijah, his wealthy businesswoman employer who had a caravan business and had been married twice before, made a proposal of marriage that he accepted. She was 15 years his senior.

 

He claimed to have had his first vision in 610 in a cave close to Mecca and started preaching in 613. At first, he was friendly to the Jews and Christians and said good things about them. Later on this changed and his words were very harsh towards them. His message was not readily accepted and he had difficulties in Mecca, which was the home of the Ka’ba that contained 360 gods and supposedly was built by Adam. Muslims teach that the Ka’ba was destroyed in the flood and rebuilt by Abraham and Ishmael. Some people came on a pilgrimage to Mecca from Medina, a town 270 miles to the north where there were a number of Jewish settlements. These people had heard of a coming Messiah from the Jews and thought that Muhammad might be him. After negotiating for several years Muhammad was invited to come to Madina. He fled Mecca secretly on September 9, 622 A.D. This is the date for the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

 

But once settled in Medina he played a new and more powerful role: he was both the spiritual and political authoritarian. In keeping with his new status, the nature of his continuing revelations changed from being purely religious to having greater legislative and social content. He was a one-man ruler as there is no record of other governing officials.

 

He then turned to raiding caravans, which gave him money and power. The Jews recognized he was not the Messiah and rejected him. Muhammad fought against a number of Jewish settlements in the area. He either killed the men, took the women and children as slaves, or forced the Jews to leave and the Muslims took over their houses and fields.

 

Muhammad fought a number of battles with the people of Mecca and others. He personally was engaged in at least 5 and his generals, during and after his life time and, 37.

 

In 628 Muhammad set out on a pilgrimage to Mecca with 1,400 of his followers. The Meccans, hearing about this force, sent out 200 horsemen to stop them. Fighting threatened, but the two sides agreed upon a treaty that provided for a ten-year truce and for the Muslims to return to Medina on the condition that they could come back to Mecca on a pilgrimage the following year. He did go back the next year, but broke the contract and was able to take over Mecca, which included the Ka’ba. He got rid of all the idols. He kept the name Allah for god. After this he was able to conquer the whole area. People saw that he had power and began to submit. He would send word to tribes saying, “Surrender and become Muslims or you lose your head.” He meant it. He stated, “Let no two religions be on the Arabian Peninsula.” That is true to this today because in Saudi Arabia no churches or synagogue are allowed. Visitors can’t bring a Bible with them and Jews are not even allowed to visit Saudi Arabia.

 

Muhammad remained monogamous until Khadijah died in 620 A.D. at the age of 65. But in the ten years following her death, he married at least eleven other women and took two (maybe more) others as concubines. The Qur’an limits a man to four wives but Muhammad got a special revelation (conveniently) that he could have more.

 

Many of his wives were widows from the military campaigns, and two were daughters of his enemies. One, Aisha, who became his favorite wife, was betrothed to him at the age of six and he consummated the marriage when she was nine years old and he was 53. (This is a fact based on Muslim writings and not something made up by the enemies of Islam.) Three other of his wives were only 17, 18 and 20 when he married them. In addition, he had sexual relations with slave girls whom he owned.

 

On June 8, 632 A.D., only two and one-half years after his conquest of Mecca, Muhammad died unexpectedly at the age of 63.

 

In the next century after his death Islam spread through North Africa, Spain and as far as India.

 

One of the goals of Muhammad was to conquer the world and this has been the goal of Islam down through history and still is. Today there are 48 nations where Muslims are the majority of the population.

 

During the 19th century many Muslim nations had been taken over by other nations. After World War I many of them gained independence. They experimented with various types of government. Many today have Shari’a, which is Islam law. The state and the religion are one. It is the religious scholars who tell the governing people what they should do and make the laws. Muslims living in non-Muslim countries are trying to get the governments to let them live under Islam law. They have it in France, and there is talk of giving it to them in England and Canada. This is also the vision that the Muslims have for America. I read one book by a Muslim living in New York City and he made it plain that it was the goal of Islam here in America. Under Islamic law there are three situations where murder is permitted and unpunishable: killing in the time of war, killing a Muslim who leaves Islam and converts to another religion, and the killing of infidels, which includes Jews and Christians

Islam did not have much influence until the oil embargo in the 1970’s which gave them wealth and power. Then the Iran revolution thrust Islam in the limelights once again.

 

THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM

1. THE “SHAHADAH”: It states: “There is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.” In order to become a Muslim all you have to do is repeat this declaration, preferably in Arabic. When this is done all your previous sins are forgiven.

 

2. RITUAL PRAYER: Salat is the name for these obligatory prayers. Muslims are required to pray five times a day—at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, dusk, and two hours after sunset. They must always face Mecca, which is in central Saudi Arabia, when they pray in their home or in the mosque. These prayers contain verses from the Qur’an and are said in Arabic, the language of the original Qur’an. Muslims must wash their face, hands and arms and feet in a prescribed way before they pray.

 

The noon service at one thirty on Friday is the only time when Muslim men are expected to gather together at the mosque. They can and do at other times. This service includes the weekly sermon, which is about 30 minutes long. If women attend, they do not openly participate and meet in a room separated by a curtain or in an upstairs room. A proper posture is necessary. All the prayers are in Arabic and many verses from the Qur’an are quoted. Individual prayer requests are not made.

 

3. THE GIVING OF ALMS (Zakat): For most purposes this involves the payment each year of two-and-a-half percent of one’s capital. The money is used firstly to support the poor, but some also goes to the collectors and Qur’anic teachers. It may also be used to help those in trouble because they have just become Muslims. Some is also used to spread Islam, to build mosques, start schools and clinics and even to fight “holy wars.” Almsgiving is believed to bring special rewards and to cleanse a person from sin. Additional free-will offerings are known as “Sadaqa.” (These rituals can cancel out sin.)

 

4. THE FAST (Sawm): Every year in the month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar (and changes each year), all Muslims fast daily from the first light in the morning until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, inhaled substances (cigarettes), and sexual relations. And at the sight of the new moon, the month of Ramadan ends. Muslims celebrate by feasting, exchanging gifts, buying new clothes and visiting friends. (This is supposed to gain merit for a Muslim before God.)

 

5. MAKING THE PILGRIMAGE (Hajj): Every adult Muslim must make the trip to Mecca, which is in Saudi Arabia, at least once during his or her lifetime, provided he or she is able with respect to health and finances. The prescribed time for this is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. The process of visiting the several sacred sites usually takes more than a week. Even before entering Mecca, the pilgrim must have the proper clothes. First the whole body must be bathed. Then the men put on two long, plain white sheets. One is tied around his waist to cover his legs to just below the knees, and the other is wrapped around the top half of his body, leaving the head and left arm and shoulder uncovered. Upon arrival in Mecca, the first act the pilgrim does after performing ablution (cleansing by washing) is to go to the Great Mosque through one of the 129 gates and make seven circuits, known as the Tawaf, around the Ka’ba which is in the center of the complex. The Ka’ba is a cubical shrine about 50 feet high having walls about 40 feet long covered in thick black silk, hand-embroidered with verses from the Qur’an in golden thread. The pilgrim starts at the Black Stone (ajaHajar Aswad), supposedly haven fallen out of the sky, that is built into the wall in its eastern corner. It is about 12 inches in diameter. The pilgrim runs around the Ka’ba three times at a quick pace and then four at a slower pace. He kisses it each time around if he can get close enough. (The pilgrims are in the millions, so even though the distance around the immediate Ka’ba itself is very short, because of the many pilgrims, the outer rim can be one mile around. Of course, those on the outer edge do not run around it at as fast a pace.) If the pilgrim is not close enough to kiss the stone, he makes a sign of kissing as he passes. Islam claims that one’s sins are forgiven upon finishing the pilgrimage.

 

After his pilgrimage, the pilgrim is entitled to be referred to as a Hajji. In some countries Hajjis wear a certain color of head covering which indicates they have completed the pilgrimage.

 

No non-Muslims are allowed to enter Mecca or participate in the Hajj.

 

 

MAJOR BELIEFS

1. GOD: Distant and unknowable. He is the master giving orders and people are his slaves obeying his orders. Allah determines everything. “If God wills.” Muslims have 99 names for Allah but “love” is not one of them.

 

2. ISLAMIC LAW: Shari’a. The government and religion are one. Politicians do not make the laws but Islamic scholars.

 

3. JIHAD:. Muslims talk about “lesser jihad”(participating in war defending or in the spreading of Islam, which includes blowing yourself up) and ”greater jihad” (which is striving to be a better Muslim.) But all the rewards go to those who participate in “lesser jihad.” The only way a Muslim can be 100% sure of going to Paradise is by being killed in jihad. Of course, we have all heard of the72 virgins promised to them when they enter Paradise.

 

4. FAMILY LIFE: Usually the men are the breadwinners and the women run the home.

 

5. WOMEN: They do have an inferior position and are denied certain rights.

 

6. SIN: Islam denies the Biblical teaching of “original sin.” Surah (the word for a chapter in the Qur’an) 30:30 and a comment after on this verse reads: “So set your purpose (face), (O Muhammad) for religion as a man by nature upright (the nature framed) of Allah, in which He has created mankind. There is no altering (the laws of) Allah’s creation. This is the right religion, but most men know not.” A comment following this verse states: “As turned out from the creative hand of God, man is innocent, pure, true, free, inclined to right and virtue and possessed of true understanding about his own position in the Universe and about God’s goodness, wisdom, and power. This is his true nature, just as the nature of a lamb is to be gentle and a horse to be swift.” Muslims believe that it is the environment that is evil and corrupts man, but basically man is pure inside. Islam teaches that children are not responsible for their sins until the age of puberty. They live in a “shame” culture, but there is no “guilt.” They believe that their good deeds cancel out their bad ones. Since Islam is wrong concerning sin, then all of its other teachings are not reliable.

 

7. PROPHETS: Believe there have been 124,000, which include those in the Bible. Muhammad claimed that he was the “final” prophet and has the final message from God. So all must submit to Islam.

 

8. THE BIBLE: Muslims claim that the original was lost and what we have now has been changed and corrupted. Surah 5:13-14 reads: “And because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change words from their context and forget a part of wherewith they had been reminded. You will not cease to discover treachery among them, all save a few. But bear with them, and pardon them. Surely Allah loves those who are kind.” Here is a comment after this verse concerning the O.T. “During the time of Moses and his successors, only one copy of the Torah was made. When the Israelites fought with the Babylonians, and were taken captive by them, this copy was lost. When the Israelites regained their freedom, they tried to write it out again. Yet in the process, they began to distort the text, contriving to forget a good part of God’s commandments to them. Today’s Torah is a late incomplete anthology of earlier material.”

 

Then concerning the N.T. the following comment is after Surah 5:14. “The early Christians suffered much persecution from the Romans and the Jews, and the Christians became widely scattered. The Christian Covenant which was given by Jesus to his apostles was lost in the process, and although a variety of gospels were written by various hands, they contained only an oblique reference to the fact that God’s messages to man had not come to an end.” Muslims believe that the N.T. that we have today was written about 300 years after the death of Jesus and is a completely different message than what Jesus proclaimed. (Muslims claim that “the Gospel” is a message that was given to Jesus to proclaim to the Jews and now is lost. Christians know “the Gospel” is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus Jesus Christ is “the Gospel.”) Of course, there is absolutely no evidence for what Muslims claim, but since the Bible and Qur’an teach opposite things Muslims had to find a way to try to destroy the Bible in order to defend the Islamic teachings in the Qur’an.

 

What is written in the Qur’an presents a very serious problem for all Muslims. The Qur’an clearly states in many places that the Torah, Psalms, Prophets, and the Gospels were all given by inspiration from God. Here is just one example out of many verses.

 

Surah 5:46-47: “And in their footsteps We sent Jesus son of Mary, confirming that which was (revealed) before him, and We bestowed on Him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before in the Torah – a guidance an admonition to the God fearing. Let the People of the Gospel [followers of Jesus] judge by that which Allah had revealed therein. Whoever judges not by that which Allah had revealed, such are corrupt.”

 

The Qur’an is supposed to confirm what is written in the Bible, not contradict it, which it does on all of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of Biblical Christianity.

 

Surah 3:3: “He (God) has revealed to you the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was revealed before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.”

 

The Qur’an in Surah 18:27, and in many other verses, state that Allah is going to protect his word from corruption and change.

 

Surah 18:27: “And recite (and teach) that which has been revealed unto you in the Book of your Lord. No one can change His words. You shall find no refuge besides Him.”

 

Muslims have a choice to make. If Allah has not protected the Bible like he promised, then the teaching of the Muslims that the Bible has been corrupted, changed, and that most of the original has been lost, then they have to admit that Allah has failed to keep his promise! If Allah has failed to keep his promise to protect his word then how can anyone trust Allah to keep his other promises? But if Allah truly kept his word, like promised in the Qur’an in many places, then what the Muslims are teaching that the Bible has been corrupted is false. Muslims can’t have it both ways!

9. JESUS: They believe in the virgin birth, but do not believe that God has a Son. (This is blasphemy to a Muslim to make any one or thing equal with Allah). Surah 19:35 reads: “It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son.” Surah 112:3 states, “He begat none. Nor was He begotten.” Of course, this means that they deny that Jesus was the Divine Son of God, which is the very heart of Biblical Christianity. Islam claims He was just a “prophet” in the long line of prophets. They state that He did not die on the cross. Surah 4:157 states: “And because of their saying: ‘We slew the Messiah, Jesus Son of Mary, Allah’s messenger. They slew him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them; and those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof except pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.’” Islam teaches that someone else died in Jesus’ place and that was Judas Iscariot. Of course, this can’t be true because Judas hanged himself before Jesus went to the cross.

 

Islam denies the vicarious atonement of Christ. Surah 17:15 reads: “Whosoever goes right, it is only for the good of his own soul that he goes right; and whosoever goes astray goes astray to his own loss. No soul can bear another’s burden. Nor do we punish until We have sent for a messenger (to give warning).” Then a comment after this verses states: “The doctrine of vicarious atonement is condemned. Salvation for the wicked cannot be attained by the punishment of the innocent. One man cannot bear the burden of another; it would be unjust and reduce the sinner’s sense of accountability.”

 

Muslims believe that they can work out their own sin problem and it is unthinkable that God would make Jesus suffer for the sins of others. Islam teaches that Jesus was taken alive into heaven and that he will return in the future like a “Messiah” to regain peace to the earth for a while. He will first kill all the pigs, then destroy all churches and synagogues, and kill the Christians and Jews. He will then choose one of the 72 groups in Islam (Shi’ites and Sunnis are the main two) and kill all the other Muslims, marry and have children. He will live to the age of 40 and then die a natural death and be buried alongside of Muhammad.

 

10. WHAT HAPPENS AT DEATH? The soul goes into the grave and is unconscious. But while in this state it is questioned by two angels. One concerning the good and the other the evil. If there is a possibility that their good deeds will outweigh the bad there will be a slight window to Paradise open to them, even though they are dead, and they can enjoy a little of Paradise. If it is reverse, then they will come under severe pressure and experience something of Hell.

 

11. DAY OF JUDGMENT: No Muslim has any assurance in this life that he will go to Paradise. This is determined on the “Day of Judgment.” This will take place in the future around Hell. People will be judged by their deeds. Muslims think if they are 51% good and only 49% bad they will make it into Paradise. But even if one’s “good deeds” outweigh his “bad deeds” if Allah doesn’t like them he can send them to Hell.

 

In the Hadith, (which contains the claimed sayings and actions of Muhammad, of which there are at least 10,000 and was not started to be collected until several hundred years after the death of Muhammad, but highly respected by the Muslims), it states that Muhammad said: “Allah will say, ‘O Adam’! Adam will reply, ‘I respond to Your call, I am obedient to Your commands, and all good is in Your hands.’ Then Allah will say to Adam, ‘Send forth the people of the Fire.’ Adam will say, ‘How
many are the people of the Fire’? Allah will say, ‘Out of every thousand, take nine hundred and ninety-nine.’” This supposed quote by Muhammad as to what Allah said states that only one in 1000 of the Muslims would go to Paradise and the rest would go to Hell. Most Muslims are not aware of this quote, but the Islamic scholars state that it is authentic.

 

On top of this, we find the threat of Allah in Surah 11:119. “Except those to whom your Lord has shown mercy. For this end He [Allah] has created them. This word of your Lord shall be fulfilled: ‘I will fill Hell with jinns and men altogether.” (Jinns are an un-described form of spirit beings in Islam.) One imam, like a pastor, told me that there is a 100% chance that all Muslims will go to Hell. This is not very promising! As you can see, Muslims don’t have much of a chance of going to Paradise.

 

Here is some revealing information I found in Muslim writings. “Paradise and Hell have already been created. They will never come to an end or cease to exist.  Allah created Paradise and Hell before the rest of creation, and He created inhabitants for each of them. Whoever He wishes (will enter) Paradise by His grace and mercy, and whoever He wishes (will enter Hell) as a result of His justice. Every person will behave according to that for which he was created, and his destiny will be that for which he was created; good deeds and evil deeds are foreordained for all men.”

 

It is rather contradictory to speak about a “Day of Judgment” if Allah predestined the future of everyone even before they were born!

 

12. BRIDGE TO ETERNITY: Islam teaches that there is a bridge over Hell, which is like a sharp hot sword. All must cross this sword. Those who go to Paradise, if they are very good can cross over swiftly, but those less good will have to go much slower. The wicked will fall off of the sword into Hell.

 

13. PARADISE: It is divided into 7 compartments. It depends upon your goodness which one you go to. Paradise in Islam is living like a king. You have these beautiful banquets with all kind of wonderful food, perpetually young men serving you and the men enjoying young beautiful women. Then of course sex will abound in Paradise. Men are promised two or more wives (the number depends upon what you read). However, this would be impossible since Muhammad said that there would be more women in Hell than men. This being true, there would not even be one woman for each man! Here is a description of the Islamic Paradise found in the Qur’an in Surah 47:15. “The Garden that has been promised to the righteous is such that rivers will be flowing in it, of unpolluted water, and rivers will be flowing in it of milk of unchanged flavour, and rivers will be flowing in it of wine which will be delicious to the drinkers, and of honey, clear and pure. (According to the explanation given in a Hadith, the wine in Paradise will not have been distilled from rotten fruit, the honey will not have been drawn from the bees’ bellies, but all these drinks will flow in the form of natural springs.) In it there will be fruits of every kind for them, and pardon from their Lord. (Are those who enjoy all this) like those who are immortal in the Fire, and are given boiling water to drink so that it tears their bowels.”

 

14. HELL: There are over 350 verses in the Qur’an concerning Hell. It is described very vividly as a place of extreme torture.

 

Islam teaches that Hell has seven degrees of punishment, therefore the torment and horror is greater for some than for others. They say that the physical bodies of the people of Hell will be made huge in size, which will increase the suffering. But even though they are so huge the fire will penetrate their bodies until it reaches their innermost depths. It also says that Allah has promised the people of Hell hooked rods of iron which are like hammers with which the evildoers will be beaten when they try to escape from the Fire, and they will be thrown ever deeper into Hell.

 

Here are a few verses from the Qur’an on Hell. Surah 18:29: “For the wrongdoers We have prepared a fire (whose flames) will encircle them like the walls of a tent. If they ask for a drink they shall be showered with water as (hot as) melted brass, which will scald their faces.” Surah 40:71-72: “When with chains and shackles round their necks they will be dragged through boiling waters; then they are cast into the Fire.” Surah 54:48: “On the day when they are dragged into the Fire with faces downwards.” Surah 76:4: “We have prepared for disbelievers chains and fetters, and a blazing Fire.”

 

What about this promise by Allah? “Surah 19:71: “There is not one of you [Muslims] who shall not come to it [Hell]. This is the absolute decree of your Lord.” Even though Muslim writing state that the people who go to Hell will be there for all eternity, there are some other indications that that after some Muslims have suffered in Hell (time period not given) they will be transferred to one of the seven stages of Paradise.

 

Note carefully this quote from Muslim writings. It is recorded that Muhammad said: “Some people amongst the Muslims will come on the Day of Resurrection with sins as great as a mountain. Allah will forgive them, and will pass [the burden of sin] to the Jews and Christians.” This would mean that Jews and Christians would have to suffer in Hell in place of the Muslims.

 

 

THE QUR’AN

 

 

Most Muslims hold the Qur’an to be the eternal, uncreated, infallible and unalterable Word of Allah, inscribed on the preserved Tablet in heaven and mediated by inspiration through the angel Gabriel to Muhammad, though the angel Gabriel is never identified in the Qur’an as the messenger.

 

There is absolutely no plot or sequence in the Qur’an. It is unlike conventional books in that it does not contain information, ideas, and arguments about specific themes arranged in a particular literary order. Some subjects are discussed at different times and in different places having no continuous story. With the exception of the first chapter, it is arranged with the longest chapter in the beginning and then according to size and the shortest at the end. There are 114 chapters. The longest chapter contains 286 verses. The shortest is 5 verses. You do not read the Qur’an, you just wade through it.

 

Unlike the Bible, the Qur’an is not designed to reveal God per se but rather to set forth His commands for His creatures. Islam maintains that the Qur’an is the final revelation from God, declaring that it “perfects and fulfills all previous divine revelations.”

 

The Qur’an was not designed for the average person to understand but has to be interpreted by a group of “scholars.” Muslims teach that the Qur’an can only be understood in its original Arabic language and a translation into any other language is insufficient to portray the true meaning.

 

There is an important verse in Surah 1:106. “If we abrogate any verse or cause it to be forgotten, We replace it by a better or a similar one. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?” There are quite a number of contradictory verses in the Qur’an but apparently Muhammad felt it was okay for Allah to change his mind from time to time, even though it is claimed the Qur’an always existed in heaven before God sent it down to Muhammad! Apparently Allah did not edit his writing! Because of this verse, Muslims can use whatever verse from the Qur’an they want to in order to try to prove their point.

 

Many Muslims have memorized the whole Qur’an. This is supposed to gain merit for them. For instance, it will help a lady to find a better husband.

 

Muslims hold the Qur’an in high esteem. They keep it wrapped in a cloth and always kept and stored higher than the waist.

 

 

MADRASA SCHOOLS

There exists another very serious problem that all the people of the world need to be warned about. That is the Muslim madrasa--religious schools for boys. (Strict Muslims do not allow girls to go to school.) The main curriculum in these schools is the Qur’an. There are no courses offered in world history, English, math, computers or science. In other words, no general education. The students start at the age of eight and spend four to eight hours a day for eight years, focusing on the interpretation of the Qur’an and the Hadith. Many of the boys memorize the whole Qur’an, plus a generally extremist body of related traditions found in the Hadith. There are 40 million Muslim youth worldwide in these schools today, including the U.S.A. Early in the training of these boys, Muslim teachers especially focus these young minds on dozens of the Qur’an’s extremely militant war verses, plus other texts that promise Paradise for Muslim martyrs. Hatred for Jews and Christians (largely synonymous with Israel and America) and a general dislike for all non-Muslims are deeply instilled in these young minds. The Bible is described as corrupted. Separation of Islam from political control is despised. (In other words, the Muslims don’t want democracy.) These schools are breeding-grounds for terrorists. A good many of these schools are financed by Saudi Arabia and other rich nations and affluent Muslims. This material is taught to some Muslim children in America.

THE ATTITUDE OF ISLAM TOWARDS ITSELF AND OTHERS.

 

 

Surah 3:110: “You [Muslims] are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. You enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and you believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scriptures [Bible] had believed, it would have been better for them. Some of them are believers, but most of them are evildoers.”

 

Surah 3:85: “He who seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter.” Islam teaches that only Muslims have the possibility of going to Paradise, all others go to Hell.

 

Surah 3:19. “The (true) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam”

 

When Muslims are talking with non-Muslims, they will very often quote Surah 2:256, which reads: “There is no compulsion in religion.” But this was written in the early stages of Islam when Muhammad was trying to win the Jews and Christians. But after Islam was established this verse was abrogated and then an opposite attitude towards the Jew and the Christians was proclaimed. As Islam gained strength and spread, the conquering Muslims gave people three choices: (1) Become a Muslim. (2) Pay a heavy tax. (3) Lose your head.

 

Here is the other side. Concerning the Jews, in a comment about them after Surah 2:62-66 it states, “Allah set the Jews into the condition of detested apes, and later on destroyed them because of their persistence in rebellion and creating mischief on earth.”

 

Another statement about the Jews in Surah 5:60 says: “Shall I tell you a worse (case) than theirs for retribution with Allah? Worse (is the case of him [the Jews]) whom Allah had cursed, him on whom His wrath has fallen! Worse is he of whose sort Allah has turned some to apes and swine, and who serve idols. Such are in a worse plight and further astray from the even path.”

 

Surah 7:166 adds this about the Jews where it says: “So when they [Jews] took pride in that which they had forbidden, We said to them: ‘Be you apes, despised and rejected!”

 

Here is what the Qur’an says in Surah 9:29 about the Christians. “Fight against those from among the People of the Scripture [Christians] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day; who do not forbid what Allah and His messenger have forbidden, and who do not adopt the religion of truth until they pay the tribute out of hand, utterly subdued.”

 

Surah 5:51: “O you who believe! [Muslims] Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. They are friends to each other. He among you who takes them for friends is (one) of them. Assuredly Allah guides not wrongdoing people.”

 

Surah 9:14: “Fight them! Allah will punish them by your hands and humble them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.”

 

Here is how Muslims are to act towards their enemies. Surah 8:12-14: “When your Lord inspired the angels, (saying): ‘I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger. That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger [Muhammad]. Whoso opposes Allah and His messenger, (for him) assuredly! Allah is severe in punishment. That (is the award) so taste it, and (know) that for disbelievers is the torment of the Fire.’”

 

 

THE MUSLIMS IN AMERICA

 

 

The American press would have us to think that the “fundamentalists” among the Muslims, both here in America and around the world, are only a small minority and that the majority of the Muslims are peace loving and law-abiding citizens. I wish this was true, but the evidence does not lead me to such a conclusion. The few “moderate Muslims” here in America are persecuted by the other Muslims. In a survey of Muslims in America, it was found that a good percentage of them are in favor of jihad. Before 9/11 there was a lot of money from Muslims in America given to help those engaged in jihad.

 

In places where there is a high concentration of Muslims, they live in their own communities. Their religious and social life is centered around the mosque and with other Muslims. There are a number of newspapers for the Muslims in both Arabic and English here in America and these are the newspapers that the Muslims read. I have a friend who has read the leading English newspaper for Muslims here in America for years and he said that in all the years he has been reading it there has not been one single article that was favorable to the United Sates. As long as America is favorable to Israel I don’t think there will be any.

 

About 80% of the American mosques, as well as the preparation of many of the imams (leaders of the mosque like pastors) in Cairo, Egypt, at Al-Azhar University, where most of the imams are trained, are funded completely or in part with Saudi Arabian money, and most of the funders subscribe to the Saudi doctrine of Wahhabism, an extreme purity that supports the spread of Islam through violence. This ideology is well entrenched among the American Muslim clerics and I don’t think these strict fundamentalists will be giving up their influence very soon!

 

Muslims would like to and are moving in the direction of putting pressure on the American government to let them live under Islamic Law. If this would happen, the Muslims would be able to kill Muslims who convert to Christianity or other religions and not be punished for such a crime.

 

The Qur’an is very much anti-Christian. As stated before, it denies all the basic tenants of Biblical Christianity. Muslims teach that Jesus really taught the beliefs of Islam. In fact, Muslims say that Jesus really was not a Christian because the followers of Jesus were not called Christians until after His death so therefore He could not have been a Christian!

 

The question is often asked if the Muslims are responding to Christianity here in America. Sad to say the answer is, “No.” When the average Muslim thinks of Christianity he or she puts it in the light of the Crusades and associates it with the Hollywood style of living of which they do not want to have any part. They do not realize that there are millions of Biblical Christians who are seeking to live a moral, upright life for the glory of God! From my reading and observation, there are probably many more Americans becoming Muslims that there are Muslims becoming followers of Jesus.

 

CONCLUSION

 

 

You might have heard that there are similarities between Christianity and Islam. Both of them are monotheistic, believe in Abraham and the prophets, acknowledge Jesus, and have a holy book. When you look fully into it, there are no similarities. Muslims might use the same words as Christians, but have different meanings to them. Muslims will tell you they believe in Jesus and love Him. But He is not the eternal Son of God who left heaven’s glory and died on that cruel cross for our individual sins and then rose victorious the third day from the grave to conquer sin, death and hell. How can they claim to love and honor Jesus when they dethrone Him and do not recognize Him as the eternal Son of God who is the Savior of the world? The world rioted when one man published a cartoon of Muhammad a few years ago, yet Muslims make a mockery of Jesus by making the Son of God just another prophet and one Who Muhammad superseded.

 

There is no salvation in Islam. As I stated before, Islam says that only 1 in 1000 Muslims will enter Paradise. (Islam teaches that only Muslims can go to Paradise.) But the Bible states: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but HAVE eternal life.” Thus the born-again children of God are 100% sure of going to heaven.

 

It is my prayer and desire that through the faithful witness and prayers of concerned Christians many Muslims will come to know Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior and then can be sure of going to heaven.

 

 
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