As we look at the present situation in the world, Islam seems to have the winning hand. As Christians, we have read the last chapter and we are on the winning side. In the world today, Islam and secularism are growing influences and we need to be better educated on these issues so we can bring truth to them. We are to take the Gospel to every creature, not just to those of our family and our nation.
The Bible tells us to love our enemies and one of our goals at Fortress of faith is to educate you so we can present the truth to Muslims in love.
Today I want to share some things about Islam that you probably are not aware of. We will go back in history and talk about some significant events that have shaped the world we live in.
The first thing I want to look at is the difference between the calendar we use, and the calendar used by Islam. We use the Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar, and the Muslims us a lunar calendar. It is similar to the Jews, where the day begins with the evening. When the sun comes up in the morning our day begins. When the sun goes down, it begins the Jewish and the Muslim day.
When we go back to the Biblical record in Genesis we find that the evening and the morning were the first day, and so forth. That is how God counted the days in the beginning.
In the Islamic calendar, the year is not 2016, but it is 1438. They are 578 years behind us. First of all, their calendar begins in what was our year 622 AD. This is 10 years before the death of Muhammad. It is the year of the Hijra. It is when Muhammad was exiled from Mecca (AD 622) and immigrated to Yathrib. (Medina). There were 3 Jewish tribes in Medina, and he greeted them with good tidings. He told them he was their prophet. He preached his new doctrine and they rejected him as a prophet.
The Arabs had rejected him, and now the Jews had rejected him, and he was really upset. This is when he started receiving messages from his god, Allah, like “Fight those who believe not.” In he next 10 years, Arabia come under his control, every Jew is killed or exiled, and everyone in Arabia is in Islam. It is amazing what the sword can to for evangelism.
Their calendar begins in 622, when Muhammad went to Medina. We still have to account for the difference between 622 and 578. The reason for this is the lunar year is about 11 days shorter than the solar year. Over the 14 centuries, the gap has shortened from 622 years to 578 years. The Hijra calendar and the Gregorian calendar will reach the same date in 2860.
The Day a False Messiah was Beheaded in Mecca
I want to take you back to a date in history. On the Islamic calendar, this would be the first day of the 15th century, For us, it was November 20, 1979. On this date something very important happened in the Islamic world that had an effect on us in the US and in the West. Since that time we have experienced terrorism and attacks against the Western nations.
Tens of thousands of Muslims had come to Mecca to perform their lifetime duty of Hajj. Muslims are to make a pilgrimage to Mecca one time in their lives for their Hajj. Their sins are supposedly absolved during this time.
At this time Juhayman al Otaybi led a group of armed rebels to storm and occupy Islam’s most holy place, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, This is where the Kaaba is located. Approximately 400 rebels were led by Juhayman al Otaybi who claimed he had found the Mahdi—a redeemer. This messiah was his brother-in-law, Muhammad al-Qatani. They were trying to establish a new Islamic state, a new caliph, and a new caliphate.
The uprising lasted for 2 weeks. Islam would now be purged from corrupting influence and immorality, westernization, theatres and Muslim women participating in sports.
Arms had been secretly smuggled underneath the Ka’aba, mostly in coffins (relatives believe in this way deceased loved ones receive a special blessing before burial). In the blood bath that followed, hundreds were killed, scores wounded, including the insurgents. The fake Mahdi was beheaded.
Communications with the outside world had been cut, but the leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, who announced (via radio) that it was the work of Americans and Jews. Muslims around the world started to turn on Americans. The US Embassy in Islamabad was burned to the ground and additional reprisals took place in Libya, Turkey, Bangladesh and the UAE. On November 4th, the the Iranians took 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage. The were held for 444 days.
This is the birth of the modern Salafi movement. There are 3 major players in this movement, the Iranians under the Ayatollah Khomeini, Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabists. Salafi simply means the returning to the foundations. Islam was being drawn back to its fundamental teachings. The fundamental teaching of Islam is what the Prophet did and said, which was kill the unbeliever, strike them at their necks, and fight them if they believe not. All who have their eyes open can see that this is exactly what is happening in the Islamic world today.
About 5 years ago we saw things happening in North Africa and in Egypt that we called the Arab Spring, Our President that the Islamic world was shaking off the evils of Islam and embracing westernism and modernism. It couldn’t be further from the truth. It was a movement back to the fundamental teachings of Islam. This was the beginning of all of the jihadist groups that are causing terror throughout the world.
We must be honest about this. What we are seeing is the true face of Islam.
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