ISLAM

Islam

Introduction

Islam is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allāh), and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim(sometimes spelled "Moslem").*

*Information taken directly from Wikipedia

Muslims, Please Read This First

 

 

Assalamu alaikum

Christians and Muslims disagree on the nature of God, salvation, prophets, the true Scriptures, etc. For the great majority of us on both sides, we will not change our views. You believe in Allah and Muhammad as his prophet. I am a Christian, saved by the grace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. In obedience to Christ and according to the Bible, I seek to expose error and teach the truth . . . and, as a Christian, I teach that Christianity is true. Therefore, Islam cannot be right. I say this outright so that no Muslim will accuse me of being deceptive or having a hidden agenda. My goal is to convert Muslims to Christ, so they may find salvation in Him.

However, please realize that I have no hatred for Muhammad, Muslims, or the Koran. I was not wronged by a Muslim, and I have not had any childhood trauma involving anything Islamic.  Instead, as a Christian, I seek to bring glory to the Lord Jesus. In so doing, I must teach that Islam is false because it contradicts the Bible. If you are a Muslim, I know you will disagree, and perhaps you will take it as an insult or some form of persecution. I hope you do not. I am simply being faithful to my Lord Jesus in defending His truth as revealed in the Bible.

I realize there are many good Muslims in the world who are peaceful, honest, compassionate, and who desire to serve God in truth. I do not fault any Muslim for this. Likewise, I hope you will not find fault with my honest intention to do the same according to the convictions of my heart since I seek to serve God. You may condemn me as an infidel and that is fine. But, my hope for salvation is not found in Islam and its balance of good works versus bad works. Instead, it is found in the work of Jesus who died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Nevertheless, if I mistakenly misrepresent Islam on this site, I take full responsibility for it. It is not my desire to produce a false image of Islam and then attempt to destroy the false image. I only ask that you let me know in what area I have erred (with documentation), and I shall do my best to correct it--within reason. I say "within reason" because a difference of opinion on a matter does not warrant a correction. But, if I have some error in facts, definition, dates, or doctrines of Islam, I would appreciate being corrected.

I do not seek to attack and call Muslims names or use emotional and poorly reasoned arguments as "proofs" for my position--as too many Christians have attempted in the past. Rather, I seek to know Islam truthfully, to convey a factual and honest representation of it to readers, and, of course, to tackle its errors as it is compared to the Bible.

Therefore, these pages will be somewhat fluid in that they will be refined over time.

My only desire is that you find the forgiveness of Jesus and the love of God that abounds in my heart and the hearts of His redeemed people.

By the grace of Christ Jesus, my Savior.

 

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The Gospel For Muslims

 

Dear Muslim,

The Gospel of Jesus is Good News. That is what "gospel" means in Greek, the original language of the New Testament. It is the good news because Jesus has fulfilled the requirements of keeping the Law so that through Jesus we can receive the complete forgiveness of our sins. By Jesus keeping the Law of God the Father perfectly and by His dying and rising from the dead as proof that His good life was acceptable to God, Jesus has made it possible for people to receive the free and complete gift of salvation by faith.

Our father Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness (Gen. 15:6). It was his faith in God that made Abraham righteous before God--not keeping the law and not keeping the commandments. He couldn't do it perfectly. 

The Law of God is perfect because God is perfect. The Law is a reflection of the character of God. It is wrong to lie because lying is against God's character. It is wrong to steal because stealing is against God's character. That is why the Law tells us what is wrong. The Law is based on God's holy character. This is why God's law is not arbitrary. It is there for a reason. Though the Law is good and perfect, no man can keep it perfectly. 

Jesus taught us that to even look on a woman with lust in your heart is to commit adultery with her (Matt. 5:27-28). You see, the Law of God is not simply to govern actions. It is for our hearts and attitudes. Purity of heart is what God wants from us--purity of heart down to the deepest part of our being. Why? Because God's heart is the Purest and Most Holy of all, and since the Law was spoken by Him and came from Him, the Law is Perfect and Holy. That is the level of perfection you must have when trying to keep the Law. You must be perfect and without sin in order to stand before an infinite and holy God.

However, we are not able to keep the Law. We sin. We fail. The Law says do not lie and shows us where we lie--in our very hearts. It says do not commit adultery and shows us where we commit adultery--in our hearts. The Law of God is perfect. We are not. God is perfect and Holy. We are not.  We are not able to keep the Law of God because we are finite, limited, and affected by sin. So we have to ask, how can anyone ever hope to please God through keeping the Law? How can anyone ever hope to please God and attain Heaven by doing good deeds? It is not ourselves that we must please but a Holy and Pure God.

The Good News

The Good News is that you do not have to try to keep the Law of God in order to please Him and go to Heaven. You do not have to try to raise yourself to the level of God's Perfection by trying to keep His Holy and Perfect Law. You cannot do that. If you thought you could, then your heart is full of pride and sin since you would be thinking you are as perfect and good as God's holy character. You cannot keep God's law perfectly. This is impossible, but what is impossible with us is possible with Jesus. He kept all the Law perfectly and never sinned (1 Pet. 2:22).

Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friends," (John 15:13). Jesus laid his life down for his friends. Jesus performed the greatest act of love. He died for our sins. He paid the penalty of breaking the Law, which is death. Remember that sin brings damnation, but Jesus took our sins and took death upon Himself. In other words, He took our place. In doing this, He also bore our sins in His body on the cross as it says in 1 Pet. 2:24. This great act of love is unsurpassed in all the world. It is unsurpassed in Islam because in the Koran, the greatest act of love, dying for another, is not performed by God. But in the Bible, it is. Jesus is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity, who became one of us, suffered at the hands of sinful men, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Therefore, the promise of God is that all who trust in Jesus will, like Abraham, be made righteous before God by faith (Gen. 15:6).

In the Quran it says in Surah 23:101-103, "Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more relationships between them that Day, nor will one ask after another! 102 Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, they will attain salvation: 103 But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide."

Are you tired of trying to keep all the Laws in Islam as you strive to do more good deeds than bad deeds in the hope that on the Day of Judgment your good deeds will outweigh your bad? You see, because you earn in large part your salvation by your works, you cannot know whether or not you will be saved. If you are tired of trying to be perfect, tired of trying to obtain Paradise through your efforts and you realize that you are not good enough, then you need Jesus. Jesus said, "If any of you are heavy laden, come to me, and I will give you rest," (Matt. 11:28).

Jesus forgave sins in Luke 5:20 and 7:48-49. He walked on water (Matt. 14:25). He rose from the dead (Matt. 28:6). Have you done more than Jesus in keeping the Law or performing miracles? Has even the Prophet Muhammad done more than Jesus? No, he has not.

The Good News is that you, like Abraham, can be made righteous by faith. Do you want the righteousness that is by faith? Or, do you want to earn Paradise through your deeds? Can you earn it? Have you done it so far? Have you been doing enough good to be saved?

Jesus said:

  • that He gives eternal life, (John 10:28-30).
  • that He received all authority in heaven and earth, (Matt. 28:18).
  • that He is the Way the Truth and The Life, (John 14:6).
  • that He will resurrect people on the Last Day, (John 6:40, 44, 54).
  • that the Holy Spirit bears witness of Him, (John 15:26).

Do you want to try to please God through keeping the Law of Allah or by the grace of Christ? Again, Jesus said that the greatest act of love is to die for another. Is it the greatest act of love to ask you to earn Heaven through good deeds that perhaps, if Allah wills, you might be saved? In which is the greatest act of love shown to us?

If you want the eternal life that Jesus can give you, then trust what He did on the cross and do not rely on your own works to please God. Trust Jesus by faith. It is not Muhammad who forgives sins.  Jesus does that (Luke 5:20, 7:48-49). It is not Muhammad who died and rose from the dead. Jesus did that. It was not Muhammad who said, "Come to me and I will give you rest." Jesus said that.  And, Jesus also said, "Believe in God. Believe also in me," (John 14:1).

Like Abraham, be righteous in God's eyes . . . by faith.

 

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What Is Islam?

 

Islam (1.2 billion adherents) is one of the major world religions that, along with Christianity (1.9 billion adherents) and Judaism (14 million adherents), teaches monotheism which is the doctrine that there is only one God in all existence. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam traces its roots back to the patriarch Abraham (Gen. 12). The word "Islam" means "surrender" or "submission"1 and it comes from the root word "salem" which means "surrender." A Muslim (or Moslem--which means one who surrenders to God) is an adherent of Islam, a religion with precise theological doctrines about God, judgment, Heaven, Hell, angels, prophets, salvation, etc. The Arabic word for god is "allah" which has become a kind of name of God in Islam. Islam teaches that Allah is the one and only deity in all existence (Qur'an 5:73, 112:1-4). He is supreme, all-knowing (40:20), ever-present, different from all of creation (3:191), and in complete control of all things. According to Islam, Allah created the universe in six days (2:29, 25:61-62), and all that is in it continues to exist by his permission and will. Allah is non-Trinitarian (5:73), but he is absolute and eternal.

The Koran (or Qur'an, which means "the reading" in Arabic) is the sacred book of Islam and is broken up into 114 chapters called Suras which cover the subjects of ethics, history, law, and theology. It is highly revered by Muslims as the direct, literal word of God. The Qur'an (also spelled Quran and Koran) was delivered by the angel Gabriel (also known as the Holy Spirit) toMuhammad over a 23-year period after Muhammad's initial encounter with Gabriel in a cave when he was 40 years old. Muslims consider Muhammad (full name of Muhammad Ibn Abdullah) to be the final prophet of God to the world. Muhammad was born in A.D. 570 in Mecca and died in A.D. 632.

Second only to the Islamic belief in the unity/oneness of God is the supremacy of Muhammad as Allah's prophet. But, Islam acknowledges that several prophets preceded Muhammad. The major ones are Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. These prophets gave revelations from God which were written as scriptures, mainly, the Old and New Testaments. These predecessors to Muhammad are considered great prophets who spoke for God to specific people and whose message was meant for that time. Jesus, according to Islam, was simply one of many prophets. Therefore, Muslims deny the Christian doctrine of the deity of Jesus, the need for His atoning sacrifice (4:157-158), the Trinity (5:73), and much more. According to Islam, no sacrifice is needed to be forgiven, only faith in Allah, sincere repentance, and obedience to Islamic law (3:135, 7:8-9, 21:47, 49:14, 66:8-9). In fact, in Islam, the greatest of sins, called shirk, is to attribute "partners" to God. In other words, to say that God is a Trinity of persons is an unforgivable sin to a Muslim.

In addition to the Qur'an is the Hadith. It is another source of authority in Islam though it is second to the Qur'an. The Hadith is a collection of the sayings and deeds of Muhammad as recorded by his companions. They are oral traditions and are considered authoritative and instructive as commentaries and applications of Qur'anic principles and contain additional principles not found in the Qur'an. According to Islam, the Hadith are the inspired truths of God transmitted to us in the style and words of Muhammad. By contrast, the Quran is supposed to be the exact words of Allah, which are supposed to be protected from corruption by him.

In Islam, all Muslims are united by the common faith irrespective of class, location, race, or gender. Therefore, they have a special bond of unity and equality. The primary "truth" of Islam is found in the first pillar of Islam known as the shahda: "There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."

Islamic theology also teaches that angels were created from light and jinn are another race of beings, created from fire, who are invisible yet all around us, there is an eternal judgment to Paradise for the good and Hell for the bad, Jesus was never crucified and that drinking alcohol is forbidden as is gambling.

Within the first two centuries after its inception in Arabia, Islam spread very quickly, often aided by the sword (jihad),2 into North Africa, up through Europe to Spain, and east to India. Presently, about 1 billion people are Muslim world-wide with adherents on every continent and nation. It is perhaps the world's fastest-growing religion and second in size only to Christianity.

Like most ancient religions, there are sects. Islam is no different. The major sects in Islam are the Sunni and the Shiites. The Sunni are the largest group and comprise about 90% of all Muslims. The Shiites, though smaller in number, are significant in Islamic history and presently occupy the lands of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, and Persian Gulf states.

The most important place of worship for the Muslim is the Mosque, which is always pointed towards Mecca (the birthplace of Muhammad) and is located in Saudi Arabia. All Muslims must face Mecca during their times of prayer because in Mecca there is the Ka'aba, a cube structure allegedly built by Abraham which contains a sacred stone. When a Muslim is in Mecca, he or she faces the Ka'aba.

Many Muslims hope for shari'ah, the complete rule of Islamic law in the world. To this end, Muslims are seeking more converts, attacking other religious systems both by the sword and by word, moving into every nation, and seeking political power wherever they can achieve it. Islam is a growing and aggressive religion that seeks to submit everyone on the planet to its rule.

 

 

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Doctrines of Islam

What Are The Doctrines Of Islam?

 

 

God

  1. There is only one God (5:73, 112:1-4).
  2. God is called Allah by Muslims (5:73).
  3. Allah sees all things (40:20) and is present everywhere (2:115, 7:7).
  4. Allah is the sole creator and sustainer of the universe (3:191).
  5. Allah is not a Trinity but is one (5:73).
  6. Allah is all-knowing (2:268, 10:61) and all-powerful (6:61-62).
  7. Allah created the heaven and earth (2:29, 6:1, 73, 25:61-62, 36:81, 46:33).

 

Salvation and Judgment

  1. Allah will judge all people on the day of judgment (3:30, 35:33-37, 99:6-8).
  2. If your good deeds exceed your bad deeds and you believe in Allah and sincerely repent of sins, you may go to heaven (3:135, 7:8-9, 21:47, 49:14, 66:8-9).
  3. There is an eternal hell for those who are not Muslims, not practicing Islam and not of the true faith (3:77).
  4. Hell is a place of unlimited capacity (50:30), eternal torment (2:39, 14:17, 25:65, 39:26), fire (9:63, 11:16, 25:11-12, 104:6-7), with boiling water (38:55-58, 55:43-44), where skin is burned and renewed (4:56), for unbelievers (3:13, 19:49) and Jinn (11:119), with faces covered with fire (14:49-50).
  5. There is a tree in hell, named Tree of Zaqqum, from which bad fruit is given and the damned are forced to eat (37:62-67, 44:43-48, 56:52-55).
  6. Heaven (Paradise), a Garden (79:41) of bliss and fruit (69:21-24), has rivers (3:198), with maidens pure and holy (4:57), and carpets and cushions (88:8-16).
  7. There will be a physical resurrection of all people (19:93-95) on the day of judgment (3:77, 15:25, 16:38, 42:29).
  8. Judgment is based on a person's sincere repentance (66:8-9) and righteous deeds (5:9, 24:26, 45:21-22, 64:7).

 

Other

  1. There is an afterlife (2:154, 75:12).
  2. There are such things as angels, created by Allah, that are created from light. Angels are obedient slaves incapable of refusing to do Allahï's will. The angel Gabriel brought the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad (2:97).
  3. The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97, 16:102).
    1. There is no actual verse where the Holy Spirit is said to be Gabriel or is identified as Gabriel. These verses show that both the Holy Spirit and Gabriel brought down the revelation.
  4. Jinn are unseen beings created (51:56) from fire (15:27, 55:15) but are not angels. They have communities. There are good and bad Jinn.
  5. The Devil, called Iblis (2:34), is a bad Jinn.
  6. Jesus was a great prophet but not the son of God (9:30), is not divine (5:17, 75), and was not crucified (4:157).
  7. Muhammad is Allah's greatest and last prophet, and his message supercedes all other past prophets including Jesus.
  8. The Koran is Allah's word. He literally spoke it to Gabriel who gave it to Muhammad.
  9. There are other holy writings, but they are superceded by the Koran.
    1. The other works are
      1. Torah--the First Five books of Moses
      2. Injeel--the message that Jesus gave, written down, but no longer exists. The writings have been altered by scholars. Whatever agrees with the Koran is true.
      3. Zaboor--the Psalms1
  10. Pre-ordainment (Qadar) is the teaching that all things, good and bad, are preordained to occur.
  11. Fasting is to be observed during the month of Ramadan (2:185).
  12. Drinking alcohol is forbidden (2:219, 4:43, 5:93-94, 16:67).
  13. Gambling is forbidden (2:219, 5:90-94).
  14. Man is made from the dust of the earth (23:12).
  15. There is no last-minute repentance (4:18).

 

  • 1.Many Muslims also believe that the Torah and Zeboor have been corrupted too.

 

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The Five Pillars Of Islam

 

 

The Five Pillars of Islam are core beliefs that shape Muslim thought, deed, and society. A Muslim who fulfills the Five Pillars of Islam, remains in the faith of Islam, and sincerely repents of his sins will make it to Jannah (paradise). If he performs the Five Pillars but does not remain in the faith, he will not be saved.

  1. Shahada 
    1. The Shahada is the Islamic proclamation that "There is no true God except Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."
    2. This is the confession that Allah is the one and only true God, Allah alone is worthy of worship, and that Allah alone is the sovereign lord who does what he wills with whomever he wills. It means that all his rules and laws found in the Koran are to be followed. It means that the Christian doctrine of God as a Trinity is false--as are all other belief systems, including pantheism.
    3. Muhammad is the true and greatest prophet of Allah, and recognition of Muhammad as the Prophet of God is required. It was through Muhammad that Allah conveyed the last and final revelation.
  2. Prayer (Salat)
    1. Prayer involves confession of sins, which begins with the purification of the body and ends with the purification of the soul. Prayer is performed five times a day. The first prayer is at dawn and the last at sunset.
    2. The names of the prayers are Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha. The Maghrib prayer is the sunset prayer. Isha is the prayer that is said after sunset. There is also a prayer that is said right after Fajr known as Shurooq.
  3. Fasting (Saum)
    1. The month of Ramadan is the month of fasting in Islam. It is an act of worship where the faithful follower denies his own needs and seeks Allah. Usually, this fasting entails no drinking, eating, or sexual relations during the daylight hours for the entire month of Ramadan.
  4. Alms-giving or charity (Zakat)
    1. This is about charity given to the poor. It benefits the poor and helps the giver by moving him towards more holiness and submission to Allah. Alms-giving is considered a form of worship to God.
  5. Pilgrimage (Hajj)
    1. This is the pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims, if they are able, are to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. It involves financial sacrifice and is an act of worship. Muslims must make the pilgrimage the first half of the last month of the lunar year.

 

 

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True Faith In Islam

 

 

The pillars of the faith of Islam can be compared to the concept of a Statement of Faith or Articles of faith. These are Islamic concepts of essentials of the faith.

  1. Allah
    1. Allah is the supreme being of all. He is uncreated, the creator of all, without beginning or end. He is completely sufficient to himself and needs no other. He does not have offspring nor a spouse. He knows all things, is everywhere, and is all-powerful. He hears all prayers. Everything that occurs does so by his permission.
  2. His Angels
    1. Angels reside in the unseen world and carry out the commands of Allah. They cannot sin. Muhammad stated that it was the angel Gabriel that brought the message of the Koran to him.
  3. His Messengers
    1. People who have been sent from Allah to a particular group of people for the purpose of giving to them the message revealed by Allah. Some of them are Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and, of course, Muhammad. Islam teaches that all messengers previous to Muhammad were sent to limited people groups, but Muhammad was sent to all people.
  4. His Books
    1. Islam recognizes many sacred scriptures that have been given by Allah throughout history. However, Muslims claim that only the Quran is trustworthy and that the other scriptures have been compromised because we do not posses their original manuscripts. They assert that the accounts of the Bible were written down hundreds of years later and cannot be considered inerrant, and they were written in ancient languages which have been lost. Therefore, exact translations are not possible. Nevertheless, the scriptures recognized in Islam are:
      1. The Koran--The Koran (Qur'an) is the inspired word of Allah given to people through the Prophet Muhammad, and it supercedes all other scriptures before it. It alone is inerrant and trustworthy as a revelation for today. It is unchanged from the beginning.
      2. The Torah--the first five books of Moses.
      3. The Injil--the gospel message of Jesus in the New Testament.
      4. The Psalms--the sacred writings given to David.
  5. The Last Day
    1. There is a future day in which this world and its governments and systems will come to end, and all people will face judgment based upon their deeds. Muslims go to paradise and non-Muslims go to hell.
  6. Divine Preordainments good or bad
    1. In Islam, Allah is completely in control of all things and ordains all things that occur.

 

 

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Conclusion

Not only is Islam a cult that should be avoided, it is the most violent religion that one can be a part of. History bears great witness of Islam's violent crimes against women, children and everyone they deem infidels, especially Jews. Many people say "but I know a lot of good Muslims, and they're not violent." To that I answer "the only good Muslim is the lukewarm Muslim that does not adhere to their prophet's teachings, because the Qu'ran teaches all Muslims to take part in the killing of infidels.

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