Some Questions are More Important than Others

Since the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, Americans have been attempting to answer numerous questions about Islam. What is this religion? Who are these Muslims and why do they hate us so? Is Islam a “violent religion”? How do we deal with these people?

Christians in America are no different. I recently came across a Christian blogger who posted his thoughts as to whether or not Islam is a violent religion. There are several more I’m sure. As an American Christian living in a Muslim country I think I have something to say about this particular question as well as the host of others.

First, Christians need to ask other more pertinent questions than those about the the teachings of Islam pertaining to violence. The most important question for us is “What (if anything) does Islam/Qu’ran have to say about Jesus?” The clearer we are on this point, the easier it will be to absorb other information about Islam. I say this because our expectations of this religion and its adherents will be more accurately guided by that information than any other. Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet, that he did not die on the cross, that he was not raised from the dead and that he did not claim to be the Son of God. The Qu’ran contains some information about and words attributed to Jesus, but Muslims know little or nothing about the teachings of this person they accept as a prophet. Consequently, we can expect there to be significant disagreement between Christians and Muslims.

After this question, Christians need to ask how to communicate the good news of reconciliation to God through Jesus to Muslims. Honestly, I don’t have an answer to this question. Also, I’m pretty sure that the answers that apply in the States are not the answers that apply in other places of the world. Wherever we are, one answer that applies is simply this; be Jesus to them. Treat them as you want to be treated (even if they don’t reciprocate), love them and do good to them (even if they persecute you), and forgive them. Of course, we already know this, so I suppose we ought to be praying for the character of Christ to be fully formed in us so that we can be Jesus to them…and everyone else as well.

Knowing whether or not Islam is a violent religion, why they hate us (Christians and/or Americans) and whatever other answers we’re seeking will not ultimately change how we ought to relate to Muslims.

NB-But, if you’re still interested in one Muslim’s perspective on the question of Islam and violence, you can look here.

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10 responses to “Some Questions are More Important than Others

  1. “Knowing whether or not Islam is a violent religion, why they hate us (Christians and/or Americans) and whatever other answers we’re seeking ultimately will not change how we ought to relate to Muslims.”

    It assumes that Muslims hate Christians, that simply isn’t true. Muslims have grievances against SOME people who happen to be christians. For example Bush. He is not disliked because he is Christian, but because he is not behaving like one.

  2. I was simply voicing what seems to me to be the question of a group (American / Christians).

    The fact is that there are individual Muslims who hate/fear both groups and individual Christians. There are individual and groups of Christians who hate/fear Muslims. There are both individuals and groups on both sides who neither hate nor fear the other. Again, I was just giving voice to one aspect of this phenomena…and saying something to that particular question for those asking it.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. You are welcome thank you for the clarification.

  4. There are individual and groups of Christians or Muslims who hate/fear Muslims or Christians are the one who are not sure about their belief whether they are Muslim or Christian.

    People are each others’ mirrors, right? Allah created the humanbeing in different races, colors, religions, etc. to be able to show each others’ mistakes and wrongdoings each other.

    Some Muslims hate/fear Christians because Christians show them their mistakes, wrongdoings and errors to them. And they keep ignoring to correct what they are believing wrong or what they are doing wrong.

    Some Christians hate/fear Muslims, because Muslims show them them their mistakes, wrongdoings and errors in their belief to them. And they keep ignoring to correct what they are believing wrong or what they are doing wrong.

    None of prophets brought hate, fear or violence, but people can be violent, which worse is they even can interpret and implement those religions with violent words and acts as it has been seen for thousands of years.

  5. We have to learn to listen our mirrors. 🙂

  6. welcome sukran and thanks for the interesting comments. it’s a perspective that i don’t hear in the Islamic country where i live.

    you said:”People are each others’ mirrors, right?Allah created the humanbeing in different races, colors, religions, etc. to be able to show each others’ mistakes and wrongdoings each other. ”

    is that something that you have come to believe through your experience or is there something in the Qu’ran or a hadith that teaches this?

    personally, i don’t think that people are each other’s mirrors. i think a better metaphor is that we are all “children of Adam” which is to say that we are all human and broken. it is this brokenness that is at the root of all bad relationships.

  7. Hi amtog, and thanks for your response. I got the idea from Qur’an:

    “49:13. O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). ”

    Then I tried to understand why we were made into nations and tribes, and I concluded from my own experience that we have to be different, because of ‘something’ can be found in yin-yang theory. Every ‘yin’ needs its ‘yang’ to exist: Unity in Duality (even Plurality)

    I absolutely agree with you, we are all human and seperated from God. But, I also believe that we have errors. We all make mistakes. I like to visit websites against Islam and even hates Muslims, because only they tell and mention my mistakes. Of course, I have to select misconceptions, misunderstandings, lies and insults from realistic views. 🙂

    We Muslims keep believing that we are the right one. No, we are not. We lost the track drawn by our Book long time ago. We put our Book aside and we are spilling everywhere now.

    It is pleasure to know you,
    Peace

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  8. thanks for answering my question.

    it’s admirable that you are willing to seek to know your own mistakes and then (i assume) try to correct them. (i confess that i am not always willing to do so.)

    do you think it’s possible to know and correct all of your mistakes?

  9. wonderful question!… 🙂

    no, it is impossible. first, i’m a human, i’m sentenced to make mistakes and be blind some/most of them until the end of my life. second, again i’m human and i’m arrogant. thirdly, i’m human i’m not capable to correct all my mistakes.

    only God is free from any mistake.

    however, we also are equipped by extraordinary skills, perhaps we are not fully aware of all ofthem; we have God’s breath in our souls.

    so, no need to be hopeless, we must keep trying. as long as we try, reward would be more than we can expect and imagine.

    there will be times hope is going to escape from us behind clouds, but if we KNOW those times are just temporary (maybe they are just holograms) we can go back to track without losing our time more than it is needed.

    never ever, it is late for nothing.

    PS. do not ever think i’m doing great in my life, i’m a human, i’m always struggling with something, one than another, one than another, because i always want more from my life and i always want to be MORE than i was one minute ago.

  10. amtog

    you’re generous in your response.

    you wrote “i’m sentenced to make mistakes and be blind…”

    is this from the Qu’ran? does / did Allah sentence mankind to make mistakes and to be blind?

    also, is there something in the Qu’ran that says that “as long as we try, reward would be more than we can expect and imagine.”?

    my first question comes from my ignorance. my second comes from confusion. it’s my understanding that Allah’s reward (forgiveness of mistakes)is uncertain and that the Muslims around me do not know for sure if he will be merciful or not.

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