Since the events of September 11th, 2001 The Muslim world, Muslims in general and the religion of Islam have been put in the spotlight. Certain ones in the mainstream media have painted a picture which would give the impression that Muslims have an inherent axe to grind against the followers of Christ (Christian Brothers and Sisters).
As with any religion you have to judge Islam by its teachings and not by its adherents, who may or may not be living up to the tenets of their faith. Let’s look first at what the Qur’an, the scripture of the Muslims, has to say regarding Muslims and Christians.
“Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good, they have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an 2:62)
The Qur’an says Muslims and Christians are supposed to be great friends.
“And thou wilt find the nearest in friendship to the believers(Muslims) to be those who say, We are Christians. That is because there are priests and monks among them and because they are not proud.” (Qur’an 5:82)
The Qur’an doesn’t forbid friendship with a person because of their religion, but due their actions.
“Allah forbids you not respecting those who fight you not for religion, nor drive you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly. Surely Allah loves the doers of justice.
Allah forbids you only respecting those who fight you for religion, and drive you forth from your homes and help (others) in your expulsion, that you make friends of them; and whoever makes friends of them, these are the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 60:8-9)
The Qur’an gives a Muslim man the permission to marry a woman from the book (Bible) if she and he are following the true principles of their religion. Marriage is the closest relationship, yet Muslims and Christians can come together under this exception to the rule of a Muslim marrying another Muslim.
“And so are the chaste from among the believing women and the chaste from among those who have been given the Book before you, when you give them their dowries, taking (them) in marriage, not fornicating nor taking them for paramours in secret.” (Qur’an 5:5)
I hope this establishes that from a scriptural Quranic basis there is no promotion for Muslims fighting against Christians for religious reasons alone.
Now if the Qur’an doesn’t teach anti-Christian teachings how has it come that some Muslims seem to be and in some cases act hostile towards Christian brothers and sisters, particularly overseas?
My teacher and guide, The Hon. Louis Farrakhan teaches we do not judge a person’s religion by what they SAY, but by what they DO. If we use this yard stick how many of us are truly religious?
Jesus says the same thing in the New Testament… “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matt. 7:15-20).
Jesus further says,
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matt 15:8)
We believe this can refer to the practices of some “European Christians” who have honored Jesus with their mouths, but their hearts and actions have been far from him and who in many cases have acted like wolves in sheep (Christian) clothing.
The “European Christians” stole from and murdered the Indians. The “European Christians” kidnapped and murdered blacks. The “European Christians” as a nation have robbed, raped, deceived, assassinated other leaders, interfered with other governments, etc.
Bishop Desmond Tutu, a Christian, says the following about his European co-religionists…
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.”
Because of these misdeeds by “European Christians” many in the Muslim world, Africa and Asia have a anti Christian attitude not because of Jesus Christ, but because of the evil done in his name. Similar to how Muslims are looked upon as violent, terrorist, anti-American by some due to the misdeed of fellow Muslims. Muslims and Christians are fighting in that part of the world for thousands of years old due to old conflicts and old wounds.
The Hon. Louis Farrakhan recently told Muslims overseas they could learn a lot from looking at the Nation of Islam (aka Black Muslims) in America. We have argued theologically, but we have not physically harmed one Christian brother or sister. We respect the church and Min. Farrakhan goes into churches to preach love, understanding and tolerance between both faiths. The Million Man March (Oct 16th, 1995) had 2/3 Christian attendance and there was nothing but love between Muslims and Christians.
We, in America, have to be an example to the religious world of how to truly walk with Jesus (Christian) and Muhammad (Muslim).
Thank you for reading these few words!