When Westerners think of Sharia law, their concept is usually centered on excessive punishments, such as being stoned for adultery or having hands cut off for stealing. However, Islam presents Sharia not just as a legal system but as an integral way to fulfill the will of Allah for each person and situation, since Allah’s will is... Continue Reading →
Islamic Golden Age and Expansion: Path of Peace or Trail of Blood?
In a traditional history of Islam, one major chapter is usually dedicated to the Islamic empires, which lasted from the early medieval period to, technically, the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. The details of the rapid conquests, the general trend of expansion over the centuries, and, most of all, the legendary accounts of fabulous... Continue Reading →
Theological Development of Islam: The Opening of the Gates of Heaven or the “Closing of the Muslim Mind”?
After a religion is introduced to a culture or to an empire, often a period of theological debates will follow, fine-tuning the details and implications of general religious tenets. Certainly, this was the case during the decades following Muhammad’s death and the establishment of Islam as a political force. Both secular and theological changes rapidly followed... Continue Reading →
The Origin of Islam: New Path to God or a Jewish-Christian Heresy?
Introduction The first 60 years of Islam after the death of Muhammad are not only interesting to study but vital for a thorough understanding of Islam’s origin story. How and when did Islam become a fully developed religion? There is a significant controversy over whether it was a perfect and complete faith at the time... Continue Reading →
Muhammad: Final Prophet or Apocalyptic Preacher?
Who was Muhammad? Is every word and action attributed to him verifiable, or were some biographical details added in the years following his death? This is a question that must be asked when examining the records of almost any historical figure, and the issue is as complex as it is significant. The life of Muhammad is... Continue Reading →
Does the Bible Foretell the Coming of Muhammad?
According to Islamic scholarship, "in the ninth century. Mu'tazilas, an Islamic school of theology based on reason and rational thought, held that the Quran was created while the most widespread varieties of Muslim theologians considered the Quran to be co-eternal with God and therefore uncreated. Sufi philosophers view the question as artificial or wrongly framed." - (Corbin 1993... Continue Reading →
Striking Inconsistent Elements Present in Islam
One of the most striking inconsistent elements are present in the Quran is the idea of freedom of worship. On the one hand, there are several times that the Quran expresses concern for religious liberty, such as, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” (Surah 2:256) Yet, on the other hand, there are many other... Continue Reading →
Are God Sanctioned Israelite Wars of Bible Times a Justification for Jihads?
A Muslim says to you, “the wars waged by the Israelites at God’s command justify Islam’s jihads.” How would you respond?
How Do You Reach Muslims with Both Truth and Love?
We have learned that within the last two decades, more Muslims have come to Christ than within the last 1400 years. That’s something to think about! Why are they coming to Christ now? What is happening?
What is God Doing in the Muslim World?
Islam seems to be on the move around the world, exerting its influence through terrorism and the spread of Sharia, as well as immigration and political persuasion. Some reports conclude that Muslims will outnumber Christians by the end of this century, and other sources predict that Christianity will recede into obscurity as Islam rises in power and influence.