One of the most difficult things in reaching Muslims is knowing how go get the conversations started. Muslims have a different culture, and Christians have a lot of fear in approaching them. Today I want to take a closer look at the questions we use to break the ice and get the conversation going.
Sadly, many Muslims feel ill treated and we need to remember that many have come here to get away from the tyranny of Islam. About 8 out of 10 Muslims don’t want Shariah, and have come here seeking freedom. They are afraid to leave Islam because every Muslim knows that if you renounce Islam you become an apostate and Islam requires them to be killed. Leaving Islam and converting to Christianity is very dangerous for a Muslim. In America Muslims don’t have to practice Islam, and as long as they don’t renounce, Islam they won’t be killed.
We have an opportunity to reach these Muslims, but we are comfortable with the fences. It is difficult to cross over and communicate with them. To help you I am going to give you the top 10 ice breaker questions. These are all questions that I have used successfully. I am giving you 10 because not every glove fits every hand. Some of these questions may not be right for you, use those that best fit you and the situation. I find that having thought things through in advance makes it much easier to approach Muslims.
Most Muslims come from a foreign culture and our best opportunity to reach them is when they are new arrivals into our country. This is when they are the most open because they have not yet adapted into the Muslim community. The easiest way to get started is to ask them questions about their country. This might be a little easier for me because I have lived overseas, but it should not be too difficult if you are really interested in them. You can start by asking them if it is difficult to adapt to living here.
Your English is good, do many people speak English in your home country?
Compliment them even if they are struggling, imagine how it would be if you were learning another language. This helps you learn where they are from. You will be surprised how many people around the world do speak English.
I love to taste food from around the world, what foods do you miss from your home country that you can’t get here?
Everyone loves the foods they grew up with. We all miss foods from back home. If you really want to reach them with the Gospel, learn how to cook their food and invite them over for a meal. When you do, ask them if what you have cooked tastes close to what they get back home.
Can you recommend a good restaurant that serves food from your home country?
Go there and try their food. The next time you talk to them you will have something to talk about. You could say you didn’t know what to order and maybe next time they could go with you and show me the best dishes. I tried [whatever you tried], and I thought it was interesting.
I imagine that our foods are different from where you come from, what foods do you enjoy here that you don’t find back home?
I can’t imagine what it would be like to immigrate to another country, what was the most shocking thing you found coming here?
Trust me, there are cultural shocks they go through. Empathize with them. It must be tough for them to get used to coming to a new country.
No matter where I travel in America, we all seem to love to complain about the weather. Do they do the same thing where you come from?
Notice that these question are designed to get more than simple yes or no answers. We want to get a conversation started.
What to you think about American politics?
What do you think about America TV shows?
What do you think about American schools?
What to you think about American football?
This is an interesting question because football to the rest of the world is what we call soccer. You could say something like, I don’t know why we call it football here because we hardly every use our feet. Trust me, that is what the rest of the world is thinking.
Those are the top 10 ice breaker questions. Now I want to look at the top 10 questions to begin to cause some doubt about their religion and their scriptures. If you are not likely to see a Muslim more than once, like if you are in a taxi or something, these are questions to get them thinking. Be careful how you present these question. Don’t try to tell them that their religion is false, just pose the question as a curiosity. Ask why is it? or how do you explain this?
Don’t act like you are wanting to argue, and don’t be too concerned about getting an answer. You are simply planting a seed of doubt so they will will try to find the answer. When they find that there is no good answer, it may cause them to start looking for the truth.
Here are the top 10 questions to cause Muslims to doubt their religion:
I was hoping a Muslim could help me understand this. In Islam we know that Muhammad is to be the greatest prophet, but the Qur’an calls Jesus holy in chapter 11, but never calls Muhammad holy although he is supposed to be the greater prophet. Jesus performed miracles, but Muhammad never did. Why is this?
In chapter 18 of the Qur’an, Allah told Muhammad that the sun sets in a pool of muddy water. How can the Qur’an really be of God when this is obviously wrong?
How can you reconcile that in Chapter 19 of the Qur’an that it says that Mary (Miriam), the mother of Jesus was the sister of Moses?
We know that Moses had a sister named Miriam, but Muhammad got a little confused here, didn’t he? He has her displaced by some 2,000 years. This happens again in chapter 7.
n chapter 7 of the Qur’an we find Moses living at the same time as Christ’s disciples. Again, this is some 2,000 years out of the proper time. How can this be?
In chapters 21 and 37, the Qur’an says that all the sons of Noah were saved in the ark, but in chapter 11 it says that one of his sons drowned, that he didn’t even get on the ark. It says that he was going to go to a high mountain and save himself. How can this be?
In chapter 17 the Qur’an says that Pharaoh drowned in the Red Sea, but in chapter 10 it says that he survived. How do you reconcile this?
In chapter 7 it says Allah does not forgive shirk (blasphemy), but in chapter 4 and chapter 25 we see him forgiving shirk. How can this be?
In chapter 35 we are told that angels have a total of 6 wings, but it is recorded that Muhammad said that the angel Gabriel had 600 wings. How can this be?
Who was the first Muslim? In chapter 39, Muhammad said that he was, but chapter 7 says it was Moses, and chapter 2 says it was Abraham.
In chapter 7 we find that the Jews repented of their worshipping of the golden calf, but in chapter 20 we are told that they didn’t. Which is true?
These are the questions we might ask a Muslim to get them thinking and considering where they can find the truth. It should become obvious that it will not be found in the Qur’an.
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