You announce yourself, "I am a Muslim and future Imam of the local congregation. We are also known as Muslims or Musslemen (archaic). We live amongst you here in the Shoals and are growing our numbers. A Mosque to the Glory of God is in the works my friends! It shall be located in Florence where our numbers are increasing. I hope to introduce myself to my brothers here."
First, let me say, "Welcome to the TimesDaily Religion Forum!" If you have come to share your faith, we welcome your thoughts and comments. Most of us will disagree with you. But, if you come in peace -- we welcome you in peace.
When you say a Mosque to the Glory of God that is not really true. You mean a Mosque to the Glory of Allah. There is a world of difference.
We welcome you -- yet, if you have come to declare, "He that chooses a religion over Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will be one of the lost" (Quran 3:85) -- we could have a problem. Why? Because in this, you are saying that Islam is the only acceptable religion. Now, if you stick to the fact that Islam is a RELIGION, we are okay -- for there are many world religions -- but, only one Christianity.
And, if you have come to declare that Jesus Christ is not the preexisting Son of God -- or that Muhammad is, in any way, above Jesus Christ -- that will be a problem.
Jesus Christ is God Incarnate, eternal, preexisting, and forevermore. Muhammad was born in 570 AD. Jesus Christ went about teaching and helping, healing the sick and raising the dead. Muhammad began his ministry by robbing caravans, killing people to amass the funds to build an army -- to allow him to conquer Mecca. That is quite a spread between the two.
The Bible contains all the Old Testament Scripture, Psalms, the four Gospels as well as all the other New Testament books
The Qur'an omits the Old Testament Scripture, Psalms, the four Gospels. The Qur'an contains nothing before Muhammad hid away in a cave about 610 AD.
The Bible speaks of a personal God who is involved in all matters of our Christian lives.
The Qur'an speaks of a very impersonal god, Allah, who is distant from the daily lives of his followers.
My Friend, Islam may be one of, or the leading, world religions. But, there is no salvation in the Qur'an nor in Islam.
Once again, welcome to the Religion Forum. Rashid, you may find many brothers and sisters here -- for there are those, in other world religions such as atheism, secularism, etc. -- who would side with Satan himself -- if it will give them a way to denigrate Christianity. But, my Friend, you will not find many Islamic "brothers" here. Those I will call brother or sister -- are those who are brothers and sisters in Christ only.
But, still, we welcome you and pray that you can add dimension to our discussions.
Let me close by asking you a question. We continually hear of people who have converted FROM Islam to Christianity -- being put to death. There is an ongoing case now, I believe, in Iran. What would YOU do if one of your Islamic followers converted to Christianity? Would YOU call for his/her death?
Well, one more last question. Are you an American who converted to Islam -- or were you born in an Islamic country? I believe that will affect the previous question I asked you.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,