My Muslim Friend
By Greg Stier
Dare 2 Share Ministries
Who are they?
Muslims belong to the Islamic religion. They base their teachings on
the book of Koran (Quran) which was supposedly dictated supernaturally
to their founder Mohammed in the 7th century by the angel Gabriel.
About the Trinity?
Muslims absolutely reject the Biblical teachings about the trinity.
They believe that there is only one true God and his name is Allah.
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4;
Muslims believe that Jesus was one of Allah’s prophets. They flatly
reject the notion that Jesus is God. Even on a human level they believe
that Mohammed was a greater man and prophet than Jesus.
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is much more
than a prophet (John 1:1, 14,18; 8:58; 10:30).
Muslims believe that salvation is only achieved through absolute obedience
to Allah, the Koran, and the five pillars of Islam:
- Affirmation (Shahada) - Consistent recitation of and belief in the
creed that “there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.”
- Prayer (As-Salah) - Praying toward Mecca (their holy city) five
times a day.
- Almsgiving (Zakah): Giving 2.5% of their income to the poor.
- The fast (Siyam) - Fasting from dawn till dusk every day during
Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar).
- The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajji) - Traveling to Mecca at least once in
Salvation is by faith in Christ on the basis of His death on the cross.
Good works have nothing to do with being saved (John 3:16,17,36; 6:29,47;
Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5).
What do they believe?
About the Bible?
• Muslims recognize only one book as truly and completely divine
in origin and that is the Koran. They recognize only part of the Bible
as God’s word and they believe even that part is badly corrupted.
The Bible alone is the word of God. It is without
error. It cannot be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4;
How to witness to them
- Remember to focus on Jesus and his deity. Muslims believe that Jesus
was merely one of Allah’s prophets. One of the most effective
ways of witnessing to a Muslim is to logically and lovingly show them
why Jesus couldn’t be a mere
prophet. Take them to the passages in Scripture where Jesus claimed
to be God (John 8:57, 58; 10:30; 14:9). This forces a Muslim to recognize
that there are only three possibilities about Jesus’ identity.
He is (according to C.S. Lewis) either
Lord, liar, or lunatic. Since He claimed to be Lord, then if He is
not God He is a deceptive liar or a crazed lunatic. There is no middle
ground. When you demonstrate this to a Muslim it is difficult for
them to deny that their belief that Jesus was a mere prophet is at
best a logical impossibility.
- Various questions to ask Muslims:
More Understanding Islam
• “If the Koran is truly God’s word, then why:
...are there four different versions of how Mohammed received the
revelations in the Koran?”
...do those four versions contradict each other?”
...did Mohammed receive revelations that he was to rob and pillage
from passing caravans?”
• “If Allah is the same God as Christians worship (as
Muslims claim), then why...
...was Allah known as the moon god in Mecca long before Islam started?”
...was Allah one of 360 idols worshiped in Mecca long before Islam
...did the same symbol that represented Allah (the crescent moon)
represent the moon god ,as well, long before Islam started?”
• “If Islam is such a great religion, then why...
...are many Islamic women treated barbarically (about 75% suffer
the excruciatingly painful process of female circumcision)?”
...do they routinely persecute, beat, and even kill Christians in
Islamic countries for merely sharing their faith?”
...was your founder a man who built his religion on robbery and murder?”
Fast Facts on False Teachings,
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishing,
A Ready Defense,
Josh McDowell. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc.,
The Facts on Islam,
John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishing,
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