Islam Understanding and Refuting the Islamic religion
Foundations for Islam In 610 AD a man named Muhammad told is wife about how the angel, Gabriel, had come to him and given him a revelation. His wife encouraged him to tell everyone he knew, because what had happened to him was a divine vision.
Muhammad • Wealthy Family, ‘Quraysh’ • Mecca resting place • Not Educated • Raised by his Uncle • Wife ‘Khadijah’ • Against Polytheism • Died in 632 AD
Foundations for Islam Muhammad started preaching his new monotheism religion publicly. One-hundred families followed this new religion now called Islam. Islam means submission. Muslims, one who submits to god.
Beliefs • There is only one god • No partners • Angels • Different ranks • Prophets of god • Moses, David, Solomon, Jonah, John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mohammad. • Holy Books • Torah, Psalms, Gospels, and Qur’an • Day of Judgment • No assurance
Obligations • Recite the Shahadah • To Pray • 5 times a day • Facing Mecca • To Fast ‘Ramadhan’ • During the day time only, for one month • To Give Alms • 2.5% of income to poor • Make the Pilgrimage ‘Hajj’
Refuting • They say the Bible has been corrupted, but they say to read the Bible. • They say we have three gods (the Trinity) we only have one, who has three attributes • They say Father, Son, Mary. • They say God would not let Jesus be Crucified
Think about it • If salvation is only a matter of rewarding those who do good, and if God’s purpose was only to test Abraham’s obedience, why then was there a need for ‘a momentous sacrifice’? Was it not sufficient that Abraham went as far as he did? • Who provided ‘the momentous sacrifice’? • Is a goat enough to ‘ransom’ humanity for our sins?
Jesus told about his death before he died and he fulfilled all that the prophets had said about the one who was to come to take the sins of the world. • Jesus was our perfect lamb, ‘the ransom,’ the one who came to take our place. When we accept Him, we know that when we die we will go to heaven.
Resources Halverson, Dean C., The Compact Guide to World Religions. 1996