The Threat of Interfaith Dialogue: Day 15 of Ramadan

 

In the last week, Imam Yaseen and I have been in the public eye quite a bit. On Tuesday afternoon, we appeared on a radio show together; on Wednesday evening, Channel 8 aired a brief news report featuring the two of us. Most of the reaction has been positive, but not all. While in the office yesterday, I received a phone call from a person I did not know and who was not from my congregation. Here is a reconstruction of that conversation:

Woman: I saw the report about you on the news last night, and I was really disturbed by your statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, because we certainly don’t. They have their own Bible, and they believe in Mohammed. You need to be very careful what you say in public — Muslims and Christians don’t worship the same God!

Me: With all due respect, according to their own scriptures, Muslims acknowledge that they worship the one and only God, the God of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, and Jesus. That’s the same God that we Christians worship, I think.

Woman: But do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he came to save us from our sins?

Me: No, ma’am. That is one of our differences. Please understand that I’m not debating theology with Muslims. There are significant theological differences between the two faiths; I’m not denying that. I am not seeking to convert to Islam, and I am not seeking to convert Muslims to Christianity. I am simply trying to build bridges between two communities. I’m reaching out to get to know my neighbors.

Woman: I understand that you want to reach out, but have you ever thought about reaching out to the families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks?

Me: I’m sorry, but I don’t know what that has to do with anything…

Woman: Well, don’t you know what kind of people were flying the planes that flew into the World Trade Center? They were Muslims!

Me: That was their professed faith, yes. But did you realize that there are a billion and a half Muslims in the world, and that very, very few of those Muslims agree with, or sympathize with, terrorists and religious extremists? Every Muslim I know was horrified by what happened, just as you were. Those actions were committed by a terrorist organization called al-Qaeda, not by Islam.

Woman: If you really want to reach out and be friendly to someone, why not the Jews? After all, the Bible is full of commandments telling us that we must protect them. We need to stand with Israel against their enemies.

Me: Yes, ma’am, I think it’s important to reach out to people of all faiths, but it’s my observation that Muslims are the ones whom Americans treat with the most suspicion and skepticism.

Woman: But the Bible doesn’t tell us to reach out to Muslims, does it? I know my Bible, and I don’t think it ever tells us that we are to be friendly to Muslims.

Me: No, the Bible doesn’t say anything about Islam, because Mohammed wasn’t born until over 600 years after Jesus.

Woman: Well, I think if God had wanted us to be friendly to them, he would have included it in our Bible as a prophecy. There are lots of things included in the Bible as prophesies, things that foretell the end of the world. God could have  made a reference to Muslims in the Bible, but he didn’t.

Me: It’s very simple. We’re supposed to treat others as we want to be treated, according to Jesus. And that’s what I’m trying to do.

Woman: Hmmm … well, you liberal preachers are all the same … (click)

I know I didn’t make much headway with that woman, but it didn’t sound like she was interested in opening her heart to a different way of thinking anyway. She was only concerned with making a point with me, with expressing her anger at me. She only views Islam as a threat, as a danger to her own freedom and her own system of belief. I am afraid that there are many Americans just like her, who think the same way.

But engaging with such people and arguing on their terms doesn’t really seem to make much of a difference. They have made up their minds and closed their hearts.

Instead, change will only come as more and more of us, Christians and Muslims, reach out across the divide, grab hands, set aside our differences, share meals together, protect each others’ rights, attend school functions together, serve on City Councils together, pray for each other, and genuinely appreciate each other. Is that really asking too much?

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53 comments

  1. penjelajahwaktu

    Thanks to have that kind of opinion. Don’t think one bad person can represent one community. That’s just like Batman shooter. If someone wanna think like that. Btw, I don’t. Agree that no reference about Mohammad Coming in Bible. There are the verse about him in Bible.

  2. Meg Swaid

    Wow and that’s typical. Welcome to our world. Unfortunately people cannot see the forest because of the trees. People see the persecution of the early Christians and cannot see the persecution of muslims. Isn’t that strange! It’s as if Allah has blinded people to something.

  3. Ed

    You’re in the hot seat pastor, God bless you and be with you. If this woman really knew her Bible like she was claiming she’d know better that Jesus said to love one’s enemies, let alone one’s neighbors (Muslims). And what does “Love” mean here when people close their mind and treat anyone who’s not of their color as suspicious?

    Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was mentioned in the Bible in a few places, this is a good talk by Shaikh Ahmad Deedat on it if I may share it:

    • Conja from Kansas

      I respectfully disagree with Brother Deedat’s characterization of a Christian’s point-of-view of the Trinity. While in my Catholic “brand” or “sect,” the idea of eternity can get kind of confusing and trans-dimensional, I can think of no Christian who thinks the entire Trinity was responsible for creation and that the God of Abraham created the world with Jesus in the “On-deck-circle” as it were from the beginning. Christians and Jews look back at the Torah/Old Testament and both see foretelling of a Messiah.

      This is where people can respectfully disagree on who exactly they were talking about. Most Jews don’t believe that those scriptures have been fulfilled yet. Christians do. Only the Creator knows.

      But what Brother Deedat did get me wondering about and I haven’t had a chance to think this through, so forgive me, but what is to say that those scriptures were pointing to another prophet? What if it was pointing to Mohammed (Peace be upon him)?

      I personally am strongly compelled by my faith to say that it doesn’t but when arguing the merits of religions borne out of the same seed, we have to be willing to at least ask the question. I just wish Deedat had done that instead of focusing on language. I also would have liked more context on his quote of the Song of Solomon and the mention of the Prophet (PBUH).

      • Nadia

        Hello Conja,
        I have seen similar lectures in German, it’s really quite interesting. We Muslims believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) is the messiah, and that Mohammed (peace be upon him) is the prophet. We know from our history on the early followers of the prophet that many of them were Rabis and well read members of the Christian faith of believed in this very prophecy. The city of Medinah, that the prophet migrated to, had one of the highest Jewish populations on the Peninsula, because many Jews settled there in the belief that this is where the prophecy will come true, and “the prophet” will arrive. There are records of conflict between the Jewish and Arab citizens of Medinah (prior to the Muslim revelation) where the Jews “threatened” that once their Prophet would come they would overthrow the Arabs. That is also seen as an indication that they strongly believed in a prophecy that located the awaited prophet in that region. 🙂

      • Nadia

        forgot something: The reason Mohamed (peace be upon him) actually migrated to Medinah to begin with, is that it was the first city to almost instantly convert to Islam on hearing about him. They had been in contact with the prophecy for so long that the Arabs resolved, should this prophecy of the Jews be true, they’d be best off not resisting this prophet, and swore to join him if ever he appeared. : )

  4. jami

    I feel sad for people like her, closing herself off to so many experiences with other people. I find it perplexing when some Christians say that because Muslims reject Jesus’ divinity that we do not worship the same God — and yet they overlook this fact when it comes to the Jews. Kind of silly. A beautifully written article very much worth reading: One God Many Names by Dr. Umar AbdAllah: http://www.nawawi.org/downloads/article2.pdf

  5. John Meunier

    I have not been keeping up with all your posts, so please forgive me if I missed this point. Could you develop your thinking behind setting aside conversion as an approach to people of other faiths?

    • wesmagruder

      John, I will write a longer response to this at a future point as a separate blog post, as I continue to develop my thinking. But suffice it to say that I think one cannot engage in true interfaith dialogue while, at the same time, harboring an agenda of conversion. True dialogue means speaking the truth about what you believe, while also listening respectfully to those who believe differently.

      • John Meunier

        I look forward to your further thoughts. A question I hope you deal with is whether such a stance rules out conversion at all or for everyone.

  6. Anonymous

    I think it’s so nice what you’re doing. It’s interesting to read your blog because it’s like seeing yourself in new eyes. On the outside looking in.. In regards to the woman on the phone: I’m 18 and even i’m not new to the occasional ignorant person making remarks about my religion without knowing all the facts. I used to get so annoyed and emotional over it. Now I know it really doesn’t matter. There’s always going to be someone who hates me because of my faith. They’re not going to care that I was 7 when 9/11 happened and that there’s no way me or my community could be tied to the horrific events that happened that day. No matter what I say there will always be people who hate me. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but once you do it makes you love others more. I pray that lady can one day find a way to open her heart and respect our religion and community. It’s okay if she can’t though. In the end, I’m just glad that at least there’s someone like you who is just trying to build a bride and making us not seem so “alien” in this world. You’re right, it’s not about converting either sides. It’s about acceptance, empathy and understanding. Once we all step in each other’s shoes for a while, there’s no telling what we can accomplish as a group.

  7. Nadia

    This is why I try to avoid reading the comments under online articles about Muslims or Islamic topics. The number of “comment conversations” I have had there, very much like this one here (many with far more offensive language directed at me), one might think half the world was this determined to hate us without genuinely thinking about the facts. Luckily in the real world, at least here in Europe, I have yet to actually meet someone like this in person. So my guess is they are just as much a minority among Christians as terrorists are a minority among us Muslims. It’s just that, like the terrorists, they are a very loud minority, and we quiet people end up invisible. All the more reason why this blog and this experiment is such a brilliant idea. Those of us who are not determined to hate each other should be getting a lot more media attention.

    I’m a little amused by the whole “Jesus did not tell us to be nice to Muslims” statement. Surely Jesus (Peace and blessings be upon him) did not mention all races and nationalities separately, leaving out the ones that don’t qualify for good treatment. Surely when he taught us (all of us, including us Muslims) to meet all of mankind with love and compassion, he meant… all of mankind…

  8. Osman

    MUHAMMAD (Peace be Upon Him):

    The Prophet Like Unto Moses

    Long time after Abraham, God’s promise to send the long-awaited Messenger was repeated this time in Moses’ word.

    In Deuteronomy 18:18, Moses spoke of the prophet to be sent by God who is :

    From among the Israelite’s “brethren” a reference to their Ishmaelite cousins as Ishmael was the other son of Abraham who was explicitly promised to become a “great nation”.

    A prophet like unto Moses. There were hardly any two prophets who were so much alike as Moses and Muhammad. Both were given comprehensive law code of life, both encountered their enemies and were victors in miraculous ways, both were accepted as prophets/statesmen and both migrated following conspiracies to assassinate them. Analogies between Moses and Jesus overlooks not only the above similarities but other crucial ones as well (e.g. the natural birth, family life and death of Moses and Muhammad but no of Jesus, who was regarded by His followers as the Son of God and not exclusively a messenger of God, as Moses and Muhammad were and as Muslim belief Jesus was).

    THE AWAITED PROPHET WAS TO COME FROM ARABIA

    Deuteronomy 33:1-2 combines references to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. It speaks of God (i.e. God’s revelation) coming from Sinai, rising from Seir (probably the village of Sa’ir near Jerusalem) and shining forth from Paran.

    According to Genesis 21:21, the wilder-ness of Paran was the place where Ishmael settled (i.e. Arabia, specifically Mecca).

    Indeed the King James version of the Bible mentions the pilgrims passing through the valley of Ba’ca (another name of Mecca) in Psalms 84:4-6.

    Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of the beloved of God. His elect and messenger who will bring down a law to be awaited in the isles and who “shall not fail nor be discouraged till he have set judgement on earth.” Verse 11, connects that awaited one with the descendants of Ke’dar. Who is Ke’dar? According to Genesis 25:13, Ke’dar was the second son of Ishmael, the ancestor of the prophet Muhammad.

    MUHAMMAD’S MIGRATION FROM MECCA TO MEDINA : PROPHECIED IN THE BIBLE?

    Habakkuk 3:3 speaks of God (God’s help) coming from Te’man. (an Oasis North of Medina according to J. Hasting’s Dictionary of the Bible), and the holy one (coming) from Paran. That holy one who under persecution migrated from Paran (Mecca) to be received enthusiastically in Medina was none but prophet Muhammad.

    Indeed the incident of the migration of the prophet and his persecuted followers is vividly described in Isaiah 21:13-17. that section forerold as well about the battel of Badr in which the few ill-armed faithfull miraculously defeated the “mighty” men of Ke’dar, who sought to destroy Islam and intimidate their own folks who turned to Islam.

    THE QUR’AN (KORAN) FORETOLD IN THE BIBLE?

    For twenty-three years, God’s word (the Qur’an) were truely put into Muhammad’s mouth. He was not the “author” of the Qur’an. The Qur’an was dictated to him by Angel Gabriel who asked Muhammad to simply repeat the words of the Qur’an as he heard them. These words were then committed to memory and to writing by those who hear them during Muhammad’s life time and under his supervision.

    Was it a coincidence that the prophet “like unto Moses” from the “brethren” of the Israelites (i.e. from the Ishmaelites) was also described as one in whose mouth God will put his words and that he will speak in the name of God., (Duteronomy 18:18-20). Was it also a coincidence the “Paraclete” thet Jesus foretold to come after Him was described as one who “shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.. “(John 16:13).

    Was it another coincidence that Isaiah ties between the messenger connected with Ke’dar and a new song (a scripture in a new language) to be sang unto the Lord (Isaiah 42:10-11). More explicitly, prophesies Isaiah “ for with stammering lips, and another tongue, will he speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11). This latter verse correctly describes the “stammering lips” of Prophet Muhammad reflecting the state of tension and concentration he went through at the time of revelation. Another related point is that the Qur’an was revealed in piece-meals over a span of twenty-three years. It is interisting to compare this with Isaiah 28:10 which speaks of the same thing.

    THAT PROPHET – PARACLETE – MUHAMMAD

    Up to the time of Jesus, the Israelites were still awaiting for that prophet like unto Moses prophecied in Deuteronomy 18:18. when John the Baptist came, they asked him if he was Christ and he said “No”. they asked him if he was Elias and he said “No”. then, in apparent reference to Deuteronomy 18:18, they asked him “Art thou that Prophet” and he answered, “No”. (John 1:19-21).

    In the Gospel according to John (Chapters 14, 15, 16) Jesus spoke of the “ Paraclete” or comporter who will come after him, who will be sent by Father as another Paraclete, who will teach new things which the contemporaries of Jesus could not bear. While the Paraclete is described as the spirit of truth (whose meaning resemble Muhammad’s famous title Al-Amin, the trustworthy), he is identified in one verse as the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). Such a designation is however incosistent with the profile of that Paraclete. In the words of the Dictionary of the Bible, (Ed. J. Mackenzie) “ These items, it must be admitted do not give an entirely coherent picture.”

    Indeed history tells us that many early Christians understood the Paraclete to be a man and not a spirit. This might explain the followings who responded to some who claimed, without meeting the criteria stipulated by Jesus, to be the awaited “Paraclete”.

    It was Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) who was the Paraclete, Comforter, helper, admonisher sent by God after Jesus. He testified of Jesus, taught new things which could not be borne at Jesus’ time, he spoke what he heard (revelation), he dwells with the believers (through his well-preserved teachings). Such teachings will remain forever because he was the last messenger of God, the only Universal Messenger to unite the whole of humanity under God and on the path of PRESERVED truth. He told of many things to come which “came to pass” in the minutest detail meeting, the criterion given by Moses to distinguish between the true prophet and the false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:22). He did reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement (John 16:8-11).

    WAS THE SHIFT OF RELIGIUS LEADERSHIP PROPHECIED?

    Following the rejection of the last Israelite prophet, Jesus, it was about time that God’s promise to make Ishmael a great nation be fulfilled (Genesis 21:13, 18).

    In Matthew 21:19-21, Jesus spoke of the fruitless fig tree (A Biblical symbol of prophetic heritage) to be cleared after being given a last chance of three years (the duration of Jesus’ ministry) to give fruit. In a later verse in the same chapter, Jesus said : “Therefore, say I unto you, the Kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and given to nation bringing forth the fruit thereof” (Matthew 21:43). That nation of Ishmael’s descendants (the rejected stone in Matthew 21 :42) which was victorious against all super-powers of its time as prophecied by Jesus : “ And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:44).

    Written and quoted by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

  9. myninjanaan

    Pastor, if I know anything about anything, it’s that the moment you say something that favors Muslims, that’s it. Like for real. That’s when the ignorant and bigoted comments come flying. Let me give you a few examples:
    (a) when everyone was going crazy over obama’s middle name being “Hussein'” ie., he is Muslim or that he has Muslim ancestry. Why does it even matter and what does it change?
    (b) companies pulling their ads from TLC once they started to broadcast “All American Muslim.” again, why does it matter that there’s a show showcasing the life of average everyday American Muslims? There’s a show about toddlers being pranced around a stage in full hair and makeup, but a show about average Muslims is a problem?
    (c) the guy in Florida who wanted a National Quran Burning day. Omg, don’t even get me started about that lunatic.

    Anyway, my point is that you can’t reason with crazy. You just have to learn to let it roll off when it hits you.

  10. Jessica

    interesting conversation…. i find it funny when people speak with a closed mind. i mean…. why did she bother talking to you in the first place? was she trying to benefit you or herself?

  11. Dayle

    How unfortunate for her to miss the richness of multi-cultural relationships. Clearly there is pain in her heart that hasn’t been healed. I hope her Muslim neighbors will pray for her. Forgiveness is key.
    My conversations with Muslims here in Libya include stories of discrimmination in airports and other places when they travel. Every night, we break the fast with a Muslim family. Through this our relationships only grow deeper. We are free to express and live our our Christian faith.

  12. Lori Panu

    I’m impressed, Wes, truly. I’m enjoying your posts. I’m over here in Shreveport sharing Ramadan with some of my Muslim friends, as well, so I relate quite well to some of your posts. I don’t follow a certain doctrine at this time, but I appreciate your commentary showing parallels between the concepts of the two religious teachings. You’re a true community leader in building these bridges.

  13. Ed

    Dear Pastor Wes
    Since you opened up the “can” of interfaith….

    I’ve attended some “interfaith dialogues” in the past where Jewish, Christian and Muslim folks go on stage and sweet talk on another while a general atmosphere of caution and nervousness hovers over the mixed crowds. This is because talk is talk and when people see reality they see it differently.

    One opportunity for a positive change may be around the corner for people in your leadership shoes, perhaps, and which is to leverage your relationship with the Imam and other faith communities and do something different about interfaith this time. Both religions ask their followers to do good to their families, neighbors, society, and to be positive agents of change. Why not partner on projects where Christians from your church and Muslims from the Imam’s mosque as an example meet once a month or so and do something beneficial to the overall community. It could be helping with a food pantry, building a home through Habitat for humanity.. etc there are tons of opportunities out there that would make people from both communities really break the ice by going in the trenches together to help the overall good of society.

    Peace
    E

    • wesmagruder

      Ed, I accept your challenge! Interfaith efforts must always begin with listening and dialogue, but they cannot stop there. During the first half of Ramadan, I have had the pleasure of making many new friends among the Islamic community of North Texas, and we have already begun to talk about how we can partner together, Muslims and Christians, in a number of joint efforts.

  14. Husaini

    I check, read and enjoy these posts by the Pastor everyday! Ramadan is truly an amazing month! Only the one who experiences it can understand it.

  15. Mr Dean

    Why dont you just convert to Islam and stop masquerading like a Methodist Minister. We do NOT serve the same God as Muslims. They consider Christians as Infidels and have to tolerance for christians. You are a DISGRACE

    • Nadia

      It’s probably pointless for me to point this out to you Mr. Dean, but the god of Abraham, Moses and JESUS (peace and blessings upon them) IS the god that both Christians and Muslims DO worship. Islam refers to both Christians and Jews as “brothers of faith” for this very reason. Islam may not recognize the trinity and insist that there really IS only ONE god whom does not have children. But that does not change the fact that it’s the same god, just as the god of the Jews is the same god. They also don’t believe in the trinity, and (one extra difference) don’t recognize Jesus (peace be upon him) even as a messenger of god. In that regard, Islam is closer to Christianity than Judaism is, yet you would recognize one but not the other… Perhaps something for you to think about. Though you most likely will choose not to.

    • Dan Archer

      You sir are sorely misguided. This is a man of God trying to build bridges and understand his friends and neighbors. What does it matter that he is Christian or Muslim or Jew. It does not. Even if he were agnostic, it still would be in his favor to know and befriend the people in his community. We All are trying to get to the same end. Some are just more short sighted than others. I hope God/Allah has mercy on those who just do knot get it.

    • Jessica

      i wish you all the best in this life and the hereafter mr. dean…. sincerely your Muslim neighbor from the beautiful usa.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a muslim and I LOVE YOU MR. DEAN! Good luck with everything and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Will

      Muslims consider Chrisitans as People of the Book. There is a chapter in the Qur’an called Mary. It is Hollywood propaganda that we call Chrisitians infidels. Research where the world infidel comes from. You’ll be surprised. Arab Christians call God Allah. Don’t fall for the media hype. Do you think the same media showing your daughters rapes and violence all night wants to tell her the truth. There is no money in peace. The ones who own the storytelling apparatus in the west also own the oil companies and weapons manufacturers.

  16. myazizy

    Imam As-Syafie (one of the highest Muslim scholar) in one of his quote ‘I can win a debate with a team of 10 scholars, but I will lose with one of the ignorant, for he who do not understand the foundation of knowledge’…

  17. dogman70

    You did your best with that lady. It’s scary that there are many more people just like her in the world. She totally fails to miss the point in Jesus’ teaching of treating your neighbors as yourself. That alone says it all.
    However, I have thought similar to her about another topic – drug use — I’ve often wondered why the Bible is silent on heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth….God certainly knew this was in mankind’s future and was going to cause terrible hardship for millions of people – why no warning?

    • Umm Abdullah

      dogman70, maybe you know this, but your post reminded me of how the Qur’an tells us:

      “They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, ‘In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.’ [2:219]

      (The word translated as ‘wine’ is ‘khamr’, which scholars take to mean any intoxicants.) I’ve always found the wording of this verse interesting, since we sometimes read reports telling of the benefits of alcohol.

    • wesmagruder

      Very good point, dogman70. Though the Bible does not mention drug abuse, it certainly does warn against the abuse of alcohol, which is, of course, a kind of drug. Perhaps one could read those warnings as applicable to substances like heroin and cocaine …?

      • wesmagruder

        I’ve just had another thought … the Bible also states that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. This concept implies that we are to have respect for our bodies, and care about our health. This would also apply to the problem of substance abuse.

  18. Umm Abdullah

    Wes, I was wondering if you’d heard of Dr. Jerald Dirks? He is a former Methodist minister (with a master’s in divinity from Harvard) who has written some interesting books about the Abrahamic religions.

  19. ReneeW

    I am enjoying reading the account of your journey through Ramadan. I have learned a lot along the way. Thanks for sharing. Kudos to you for having such an open mind and heart. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  20. Jess

    This is a great post and I’m so happy you addressed the issue of close minded people when it comes to interfaith issues. I am a Christian and currently fasting with my Muslim boyfriend and family and I have definitely faced some ignorant and close minded people since the beginning of this Ramadan. I love my friends and family very much and this is very weird to them that i am fasting so even though I have received tons of comments, I am working to open their eyes and minds more and more each day. Thank you so much once again for posting about your experiences. God bless.

  21. Sheen

    In light of the Sikh temple shooting, what you’re doing (to build bridges) is even more important, Pastor. Hate is fueled by ignorance and if we can ALL take the time to have some beneficial dialogue and take advantage of teachable moments, we can certainly do a lot to change the perception of Islam in the West – which unfortunately has suffered greatly from the acts of a few sorely misguided souls as well as the media which likes itself a sensational story…and not to mention some fear-mongering folks in the political arena as well.

    I am surprised at how many non-Muslim people (be they Christians, Jews or agnosts) don’t know the fundamentals of Islam and the God we worship. Some that I have talked to believe that we worship the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and upon all the Prophets), and others had just never thought about it. When I’ve engaged in dialogue with them, however, regarding the religion of Abraham and the other Prophets (which are the same in all three traditions), as well as about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his call towards the One God to the idol worshipers of Arabia, they are all stuck by the similarities. Similarities are what build bridges.

    So, thank you for acting, advocating, speaking, writing, thinking and sharing your insights. The world needs more people like you. May our God bless you and preserve you and your family and give you more opportunities to do good works.

  22. Shakeel Khan

    If anyone is really looking and want to know more on what Bible says about Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and for Islam then I request to please read your bilbe in it’s original language. Need help? Download this. This may be one of the most enlightening book which will explain bible than ever before.
    http://d1.islamhouse.com/data/en/ih_books/single/en_prophet_mohammad_in_the_bible.pdf

    Once again, do that if you are really looking for the truth!

  23. rizwan

    To be honest… I was born abroad in a muslim country, I always viewed Christians/Jews as our enemy. Always thought that they are out there to eliminate Muslims. When I came to US, I was very skeptical but later on started embracing the fact that regardless of religion, everyone is a human and deserves respect. These are all normal people who work hard to earn a living, take care of their families, hope to lead a successful life, and able to fulfill their religious duties. If you go to any Muslim country, you will find they share the same views about life.

    I live in Minnesota where majority of population white. Interestingly enough, I have been approached by my colleagues who wanted to know difference about Islam and terrorism. But once they get to know me as a normal person who lives a normal life like them, their views change. They don’t view Islam in a negative way. Since I am fasting, they are respectful about it and try to take lunch in break room instead of their desk.

  24. sadatanwar

    I don’t mind if some fanatical Christians want to insist that Muslims worship a different god. All that I ask is that they be consistent. If they say that Muslims worship a different god because (1) Muslims don’t believe in the Trinity, and (2) Muslims do not believe that God has a son, then they should also say the same thing about the Jews. But for some reason, their “political incorrectness” only extends to Muslims, not Jews. Let’s see some consistency.

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