Yesterday was time change Sunday, which means that it is time for our spring fundraising campaign. We are not here to raise funds, we are here to inform you about Islam and to evangelize Muslims. To do this we need to raise funds because being on the radio is very expensive. Before I get into the subject for today I want to lay out our needs, Remember, we are a listener supported ministry.
Over the short 5 years we have been on the air we have grown from being on one small station to being on more than 300 stations across America. I am amazed to see what God has done. Our ministry needs have grown past what I and my family are capable of doing and we need to bring in some staff to help us with the work load. We are excited about some new things coming up in the very near future.
We will be sharing with you more about our Missions to Muslims Network which we are starting to get off the ground. We are hoping to get an evangelism center started in one of the major cities in America. We are still in the paperwork stage of getting this set up, but the wheels are turning.
In order to continue with our radio ministry we need to raise $30,000 in the next 30 days. You may be able to help us by giving a donation. Let me give you our phone number where you can call and make your spring donation. The number is 1-800-616-0082.
What Every American Needs To Know About Islam
Our ministry at Fortress of Faith is to expose the truth concerning Islam and to rescue Muslims from the hold Islam has on them. We want to bring them to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we want to look at what we should know about Islam so you can help us accomplish these goals. If we want to reach Muslims for Christ we must get them into the Bible and, as Christians, we must be able to explain it to Muslims.
We have some good news coming out of Iran. There is a satellite called Sat-7 that beams the Gospel into Iran. An app has been made available through this satellite that allows people to download the Bible. We just got word that there have been 60,000 downloads of this app. Iran does everything it can to stop the Bible from getting to its people. They can control physical Bibles and the Internet, but they can’t control this satellite. God is using technology to get His Word into this closed country.
If we are going to understand Islam we have to start with its roots, and the root of Islam is Muhammad. Unlike Christianity where God was revealed to and through many people, in Islam Muhammad is the only one to whom Allah has revealed himself. He was in an cave and received some sort of a vision from a jinn. This was the beginning of the Qur’an.
The word jinn means a spirit. It could be an angel or a demon. In the Sira, which is the biography of Muhammad, we learn that at first Muhammad was not sure if the vision was from an angel or a demon. He said:
“Never shall the Quraish say of me poet or possessed. I shall go to the top of the mountain and cast myself off and find rest”
The Quraish were the tribe of Mecca, where Muhammad was born. Muhammad originally thought it was a demon and he planned to commit suicide. It is important that we understand this because all of the “revelations” found in the Qur’an come from this spirit. Later his wife persuaded Muhammad that it was an angel and not a demon.
Islam teaches that Muhammad is the final prophet. It teaches that Allah gave revelation to the Jews and the Christians and they both perverted it. Muhammad was given his revelation to clear things up for the final time.
Do you know of a prophet from the Bible that was so confused by the revelation from God that wanted to kill himself? Did they have to be convinced by others that they were hearing from God? This should tell us that the jinn was not an angel from God.
It is sad that 1.7 billion people in this world are putting their trust in a man who didn’t even know from whom he received his revelations. This is just on of the reasons we are so passionate about exposing Islam.
The Scriptures of Islam
There are two sources of scripture for Muslims. There is, of course, the Qur’an, but there is also the Sunna. It is probable that 98% of Americans have never heard of the Sunna.
Most of us have heard of the Qur’an, but what is it? It is the revelation of Allah, through the jinn, to Muhammad. It is supposed to be in perfect Arabic even though the earliest manuscripts have non-Arabic words in them. There is a book called “The Qur’an Dilemma,” which goes through the contradictions and other issues in the Qur’an.
The second source of scripture in Islam is called the Sunna, which means “the practice.” What does it teach Muslims to practice? It teaches them to practice what Muhammad did.
Within the Sunna there is the Sira, which is the biography of Muhammad, and thousands of Hadith, which are the actions and teachings of Muhammad. When there is any question or lack of understanding on what the Qur’an says, they are to look to the Sunna to find the proper understanding.
This concept is foreign to Christians because we don’t have an external source which is equal to the Bible. For Muslims, the Sunna is equal to the Qur’an because Muhammad is taught to be the perfect man and what ever he did was in line with what the Qur’an says.
There is one other source we know of. This is the Sharia, their sacred law. This is found in “The Reliance of the Traveller.”
The easiest way to remember the difference between the the Qur’an and the Sunna is that the Qur’an is the words of their god, Allah, and the Sunna are the words and acts of Muhammad, their prophet.
The Sunna has more to say than the Qur’an. Apparently the Prophet had more to say the Allah. There are 50,000 Hadith which are incorporated into 9 volumes.