Why would a Southern Baptist Church promote a “religion” that is killing Christians across the globe? While the concept of preaching to Muslims in an effort to bring them to Christ is commendable and hopefully successful, promoting Islam is not the answer. The Northside Baptist Church in Murfreesboro TN unfortunately doesn’t agree.
Last week, in a vestibule outside of the sanctuary, a table containing literature on Ramadan, along with a prayer guide were set up so congregants could gain an understanding of Islam and pray for them. Unfortunately this display included a copy of the Quran, the very book that instructs Muslims to kill Christians and Jews.
See Prayer Guide Here 23162-123187 (or under Documents)
Praying for, and preaching to Muslims is invaluable, as are programs like the Crescent Project, but actually promoting Islam is dangerous. In an email sent to the media director, Andy Mays, it was explained that the contents of the material available in the church was Dawa, ( the proselytizing of Islam). Dawa is a religious obligation every Muslim must perform in order to bring all non believers to Islam.
“The majority of Muslims strive to live a life pleasing to Allah. Their approach to Islam is one of reverence and, at times, fear. They treat the Quran — their holy book — prayer and all aspects of their religion with the utmost respect, and often are appalled by the nonchalance with which westerners regard God”
The booklet then goes on to explain the 5 pillars of Islam and practical ways for Christians to reach out to the Muslims in their community. In an ironic twist, what the church is failing to recognize is these are the very things the Muslims educate other Muslims on to convert Christians to Islam. Visiting mosques, fasting, and sharing meals together is all part of the “interfaith” movement created and supported by Muslims to educate and show others “Islam is the light”
“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammed is the prophet” is the Shahada , the first pillar of Islam. Not only does this say Allah is the only God, this is the pillar that unifies all Muslims across the globe, including those Muslims slaughtering Christians in the name of Islam. There is only one Islam.
Omar Ahmed, co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas group CAIR ( Council on American Islamic Relations) made a statement several yeas ago
Muslims believe Islam is thee only religion, Allah is thee only god, and sharia is thee only law that exists. The very objective the church is hoping to obtain, may do more harm than good when it comes to the material being presented to its congregation. One does not have to understand the scope of Islam to bring its believers away. However by romanticizing Islam “ Five times a day, a hauntingly melodic voice calls faithful Muslims to their ritual prayers”, those weak in faith, or young and unsure may look to Islam as an answer.
In all fairness to the church and Mr.Mays, he did respond to our first email, however upon offering a discussion and further insight, there has been no response.