The Challenge of. Islam to Christianity. Classical Islam: power and authority Islam itself means 'submission,’ complete submission to the will of Allah Operates in every aspect of life at every level of society from individuals to states.
Classical Islam: power and authority
Islam itself means 'submission,’
complete submission to the will of Allah
Operates in every aspect of life at every level of society from individuals to states.
Classical Islam divides the world into two parts
Dar-al-Islam, the 'House of Islam',
Dar-al-Harb, the 'House of war'.
It is the duty of every Muslim to work towards turning all parts of the world from Dar-al-Harb into Dar-al-Islam –
Shari‘a Law - an all-encompassing legalistic structure
based on the Qu'ran and 'hadith’ (traditions)
Born in 570 A.D. in Mecca
At age 40 went to meditate in a cave where he said he received messages from Allah thought to be through the Archangel Gabriel.
Monotheism not polytheism
(360 gods worshipped at Ka’aba (black stone at Mecca , image of Artemis in Ephesus Acts 19:35)
oneness of God- Allah
day of judgement
need to live pure lives.
Muhammed became a religious & political leader in Medina
In 624 A.D. he won the Battle of Badr, extended his rule over all Arabia.
He united all the Arabs for the first time.
At first Muhammad had good relations with jews and Christians as the other mono theistic religions
First converts were his own family
Most inhabitants of Mecca rejected his teaching
When the jews (& Christians)
rejected his authority he became hostile towards them: bloody wars followed
Muhammad modified his teaching and began to preach more militant islam (jihad)
Taught that jews & christians had corrupted the faith from Abraham
Muhammad’s new teaching
Obligatory Daily times of prayer, facing Mecca
Friday was appointed as a day for corporate worship
annual month of fasting was taken over from the pagans of mecca.
Spread of Islam
- In 632 A.D. Muhammad died aged 62
- Succeeded by Caliphs: ‘Golden Age’
- Islam spread across the Middle East and North Africa.
- Most of Christian Byzantine Empire destroyed.
- 11th-13th Centuries - Crusades: battles over the Holy Land.
- Jews and Christians treated as ‘dhimmis’ inferior subjects had to pay jizrya tax.
1980’s Radicalisation of Islam since fall of Shah in Iran. (Persia)
AIM: To set up a global Caliphate (world domination)
Submission to Allah and his laws
FATHER, SON (JESUS), HOLY SPIRIT
66 books, 40 authors 1,400 years
Obedience, but freedom from the Law
5 pillars Lifestyle
1. Recite creed
2. pray 5 times/day, publicly on Fridays
3. fasting dawn to dusk during month of Ramadan
4. giving alms to poor 2.5%
5. pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in lifetime.
Why is a tiny country like Israel (only the size of Wales) seen to be such a threat to the Arab world?
Why do the Muslims want to destroy Israel?
To try to stop Jesus returning to Jerusalem.
Key Events in the Spread of Islam
1980’s Imposition of Shari’a law in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeni and rapid spread
1990 Ahmed Deedat challenged British Christians to debate the WORD of GOD: the Bible against the Quran in London and Birmingham
2001 Bombing of the World Trade Centre in and terrorism against Western democracy
Challenge of Islam to Christians
Goal of world domination
Growing 4x faster than Christianity
Spreading all over the world: networks &
youthful, vigorous and aggressive
1 in 5 are muslim 1.5 billion
1 in 3 people are ‘Christian’-(most are nominal)
The birth rate amongst Muslims is far higher.
12 CITIES TARGETTED - London as centre
Incompatibility of Christianity & Islam
The Church is largely asleep!
Problems Islam presents for Britain
Christianity & Islam are Diametrically opposed
Infiltration of the education system
own schools , political parties, exhibitions etc
Royal family pro-Muslim/multi-faith
Prince Charles ‘Defender of faiths’
political correctness: Human rights agenda & Free speech
Ref:Pawson D.(2003) The Challenge of Islam to the Church Hodder and Stoughton. London.
Shoebat W. (2010)God’s war on terror.Top Executive media.US.