Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog

  • What do we know about that oldest Qur'an Manuscript?

    In July 2015, two Qur'anic folios belonging to the University of Birmingham were dated (using Carbon 14 dating), to between 568 AD - 645 AD, which would put them within the lifetime of Muhammad. The BBC featured these folios on their news site, claiming that these folios could be some of the oldest Qur'anic fragments in existence. Jay Smith, along with two colleagues, presents a response here to these claims, pointing out fifteen historical and practial difficulties with these assertions by the BBC.
  • What Every Christian Needs to Know about Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

    Scripture says, “God has planted eternity in the human heart.” This gem of wisdom resonates with Jews, Christians and Muslims. This intriguing proverb lends itself to engaging one another in meaningful faith conversations. Another commonality which can stimulate meaningful conversation is the cornerstone of the Ten Commandments, the oneness of God. A third crucial commonality is God's power to save. The prophets repeatedly affirmed that “salvation comes from God alone.” (Jonah 2:9) The Lord saves but other so-called gods cannot save. Indeed, this signature attribute proves that Jehovah is the one true God. (Exodus 18:8-11; Hosea 13:4; Isaiah 45:21-23) Can you think of a better way to explain the Gospel (Injil) than weaving these themes into one seamless tapestry?
  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar –
    Islam’s Most Valuable “Useful Idiot”

    Since the Charlie Hebdo massacre a number of liberal organizations have again shouted that those killers were not real Muslims and that Islam does not promote violence. In that vein Kareem Abdul Jabbar, a prominent American Muslim basketball superstar, has again spoken out and decried the besmirching and criticism Islam suffers due to these Muslim terrorists. Jabbar argues that his Islam does not teach or condone the Muslim terrorist’s actions. But Jabbar makes a number of inaccurate statements about real Islam. The Islam that Jabbar portrays is quite different than the Islam that Muhammad lived and proclaimed. This article examines Jabbar’s claims and contrasts them with what Muhammad did and taught.
  • Reflecting on 2014

    2014 and early 2015 saw an unprecedented surge of terror attacks as well as counter-terror measures around the world. But most world leaders and journalists - in tune with Obama - are denying the war on terror has anything to do with Islam. While a vast majority of those killed in the war on terror are Muslims, a horrifying number of those being intentionally targeted are Christians. Open Doors recently released their annual World Watch List concluding that "Islamic violence throughout the world is spawning the most significant increase in the persecution of Christians on record." How we respond? Instead of seeking revenge the Bible instructs us to bless our persecutors and pray for them. The fact is we are in a (spiritual) war ...
  • Jesus’ Kingdom Versus Muhammad’s Kingdom –
    Is ISIS Islamic?

    The Islamic State’s (ISIS) establishment, growth, and political-military success, has caused considerable alarm in the West. Debates concerning their legitimacy and authenticity as an “Islamic” state are now occurring. Some pundits regard them as true Muslims practicing a perverted and extreme form of Islam while others regard them as simple criminals and thugs who are not true Muslims practicing true Islam. In order to determine if they are real Muslims practicing real Islam you have to compare their actions and teachings to the most “real and true” Muslim of them all: Muhammad. This article compares Muhammad and Jesus and the kingdoms they’ve established. It provides a very quick summation on how Muhammad established his “kingdom of Allah” and how the subsequent four Caliphs continued to lead, establish, and grow the “kingdom of Allah.”

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