Answering the Christians

By AbdurRahman | Monday, December 31, 2007

Some Muslims ask, “What should we say to the Christians?” My favorite shaykh once said, long before 9/11, “We have arrived,” meaning, there is really not much to say. Islam has been around for over 1,400 years. If they're really interested, they'll research it for themselves. That's what I did. No one from the Muslims came to me with pamphlets. I researched it myself.

In a post 9/11 world with rising Islamophobia, the situation has changed. It's really essential that Muslims start clarifying what Islam is about. As for answering the missionary type Christians who go door-to-door distributing their materials, the best answer comes from their God and our God, the One, the Eternal, Allah, who stated it better than any human can state it regarding the Christians, their relationship to the Believers, and how a Believer should answer them.

As He says in His book, written by Him, not His Messenger, Muhammad:

There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.
  Right guidance has become clearly distinct from error.
Anyone who rejects false gods and believes in God
  has grasped the Firmest Handhold,
    which will never give way.
  God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
(The Qur’ān 2:256)

You will find that the people most hostile
  to those who believe
    are the Jews and the idolators.
You will find the people most affectionate
  to those who believe
    are those who say, “We are Christians.”
That is because some of them are priests and monks
  and because they are not arrogant.
(The Qur’ān 5:82)

They say, “Be Jews or Christians and you will be guided.”
  Say, “Rather adopt the religion of Abraham,
    a man of natural pure belief.
  He was not one of the idolators.”
(The Qur’ān 2:135)

The Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you
  until you follow their religion.
Say, “God’s guidance is the true guidance.”
  If you were to follow their whims and desires,
    after the knowledge that has come to you,
  you would find no protector or helper against God.
(The Qur’ān 2:120)

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