MUSLIM CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE Book Sample
FOREWARD for – MUSLIM CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE
The Qur’an in chapter 16, verse 125 exhorts the Muslims:
“Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the best way. Lo! Thy Lord is best aware of him who strays from His way, and He is best aware of those who go aright.”
This book has been written as the result of dialogues I had with Christian clergy as well as laity. The discussions were polite, pleasant, friendly, and constructive without the slightest intention of hurting the religious feeling of any Christian. It is provocative, and a challenge to Christianity. It is indispensable for those looking for the truth and those studying Comparative Religion.
As religion is a contentious issue, it would perhaps be appropriate to ask people of all faiths to put aside their dogmatic beliefs and consider this book with an open mind, without prejudice.
An earnest appeal is made to Muslims to buy extra copies, and to gift them to non-muslim friends, colleagues and neighbours, so that they can also benefit from this “Dialogue”. This injunction is in the Qur’an: chapter 103 that we have to “exhort towards the truth!”
Our Christian brethren should study the Qur’an – MUSLIM CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE
I pray that God, Most Gracious, accepts this humble effort, to make our Christian brethren to at least study the Qur’an after reading this book. To accept or reject the message of Islam is an individual decision, as is stated in the QUR’AN time and again ie: “There is no compulsion in religion.” & “Then whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve.” Individually we will have to stand before the SOVEREIGN LORD on the Day of Judgment to answer for our own belief and deeds.
Anybody interested in comparative religion will find in this book many surprises that challenge what many once believed to be absolute truths.
As a result of his study of Christianity, and the Bible over a four-year period, Dr. Baagil, a dedicated Muslim, learned not only that Christians differ in their basic beliefs (Trinity, Divinity of Jesus, etc.), but they are also not aware that Church doctrine contradicts the Bible numerous times and that the Bible even contradicts itself! His conversations with Christian clergy and laity during this period of study have provided the impetus for this publication “Christian-Muslim Dialogue”.
The reader will be surprised to learn that in the Bible, Jesus (pbuh) never claimed to be God, that Jesus never died on the cross; that the miracles performed by Jesus were also performed by many other prophets, and even by disbelievers; and that Jesus himself prophesied the advent of the Prophet Muhammed (pbut). All of this plus much more is detailed from clear concise passages of Bible scripture. The questions that obviously must be raised after witnessing such clear contradictions are:
THE FIRST CONTACT BETWEEN A CHRISTIAN AND A MUSLIM.
C. Why has there been so many discussions held between Christians and Muslims about their beliefs in the last couple of decades?
M. Because we both have several things in common. We believe in the One GOD who sent many Prophets into this world for the guidance of humanity. We both also believe in Jesus as the Messiah, and as the Word of God, which is denied by the Jews.
Our Holy Qur’an mentions in Surah 3:45: “(Remember) When the angels said, ‘O’ Mary! Verily Allah gives you glad tidings of a word from Him, his name will be Messiah Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and in the hereafter, and of those who are nearest to Allah…’”
Dialogues have been held everywhere in Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia. Even in the Vatican itself discussions were held between Vatican theologians and Egyptian Muslim scholars. Further dialogues were held between Vatican theologians and Saudi Arabian Muslim scholars in Rome in 1970, 1974, and 1978. Many more discussions were held in Colombo, not to mention Muslims being invited by many churches to present Islam in different parts of the world to their congregations.
C. If Christianity is nearly two thousand years old and Islam more than fourteen hundred years, why were these discussions not held centuries ago?
M. Many Asian and African countries of Muslims were colonized by Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain and Portugal over the past 2 to 3 centuries. Thousands of Christian missionaries tried to convert as many Muslims as they could by whatever means they had. (by bribing the poor with medical treatment, clothes, food, jobs etc but very few were converted.)
After the Second World War – MUSLIM CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE
After the Second World War thousands of Muslims from Asian and African countries were immigrating as workers and professionals to the Western Hemisphere, which brought them more in contact with the Christians. Also Muslim students were active in introducing Islam to their fellow students.
C. Do you see any other reasons why many dialogues are held nowadays between the Muslims and Christian missions?
M. I think the gap between both is becoming smaller as each is more tolerant, although both are still competing in getting more converts.
We Muslims feel closer to the sincere Christians than to the Jews, or the idol worshippers and the atheists.
The Qur’an clearly says in Surah.5:v 82: “Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who are muslims (to be) the Jews and the idolators. And thou wilt find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe; those who say: Lo! We are Christians. This is because there are among them priests and monks (i.e. persons entirely devoted to the service of God, as are the muslims) and because they are not proud.”
teaching doctrine that is made by the Cardinals and Pope? Definitely! Because if you study the Bible even as it stands, you will see the truth of this statement made by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.
C. Interesting point. But you will have to give me proof!
THE HOLY BIBLE
M. Okay. Are you sure that the Bible is God’s word?
C. Yes, I am very sure it is God’s Word.
M. Read what Luke said about his recording in 1: 2 & 3.
C. “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus.”
M. Ponder carefully. Luke says here that he himself was not an eyewitness. The knowledge he gathered was from eyewitnesses and not as words inspired by God. How can the Bible be God’s word from hearsay?
C. Maybe only this part is not God’s word.
M. History has shown that the Bible suffered changes throughout the ages. As I stated before, from 1538 up to the 1970’s it has undergone dozens of changes and there are dozens of versions of the Bible. You know that there cannot be different versions of God’s word. The last two major changes made to the Revised Standard Version were in 1952 and 1971. The New
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