Summary: In order to understand Islam, we have to look to the Bible.
Understanding Islam - What Does the Bible Have to Say?
This morning you woke to an alarm clock. Millions around the world wake every day to different music. They wake to the morning prayer calls coming from their local mosque. These people make up the world’s 1 billion Muslims. There are lives dominated by the Imam, their mosque, and the rules of Islam. The Muslim people have a vastly different world view than Christians.
One of the pictures from the Iraq war that sticks out in my mind. It was a suicide bombing in Bagdad. An Iraqi man is seen on the TV shouting “DEATH TO ISRAEL.” What’s striking about this is that there was not a Jew within 1,000 miles! It was a vivid reminder of the hatred for Christians (in the mind of a Muslim, all Americans are Christians) and Jews.
To understand this, and to understand the threat to our society, we must understand Islam .
What is Islam?
Islam means “Submission”
Muslim “one who submits”
1.2 billion Muslims
2nd fastest growing religion
2nd largest religion (behind Christianity)
Are all Muslims Arab?
Only 30% pf Muslims are Arabic speaking
Top 4 nations with Muslim population are NOT Arab
‒ Indonesia (238 million, 88% Muslim)
‒ Pakistan (160 million, 97% Muslim)
‒ India (1 billion, 12% Muslim)
‒ Bangladesh (141 Million, 83% Muslim)
Are all Arabs Muslim?
‒ NO 95% lf Arabs world wide are Muslim
‒ Of America’s 2 million Arabs, only 23% claim to be Muslim
History of Islam
‒ Mohammad born in 570 in Mecca
‒ Familiar with Jewish and Christians. Familiar with the Bible and Christian practices.
‒ Mecca was the location of the Ka’bah - cube that contained 360 deities
‒ Mohammad preached against polytheism. This was welcomed by the Christians and Jews.
610, at the age of 40 Mohammad receives his first “vision” from the angel “Gabriel” ‒Mohammad thought this might be Jinn, or demons.
His wife reassured him it was not demons and to receive the message
After persecution began, Mohammad was forced to flee to Medina. This is the Hijrah or migrations.
I. The SOURCE of Islam
MUSLIM VIEW - “Allah is the Arabic name for God, which is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike.” “Islam and Christianity and Judaism have the same source, going back to the prophet and patriarch Abraham.”
Islam is syncretistic. Jews had settled in Arabia following their defeat by the Romans. In 600 AD there were many Jews living in the current region of Arabia. Mohammed took the Arabian culture, the OT Scriptures, NT Scriptures, traditions from the hundreds of local deities, wrapped in the garment of his “revelations from God” and came up with the Koran.
The POLITICALLY CORRECT VIEW is that “Allah is the Arabic name for God. The word is literally al-Lah, meaning "the God." The term "Muslim" means one who surrenders (to God). Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews (ABC News Website).
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY?
1. The Great Prophet is NOT Mohamed, but Jesus, Not a REVOLUTIONARY, but a SAVIOR
a. Prophesied in the OT