Response to Evangelicals
We have been besieged with hostile evangelical polemic. Going forward, we have decided not to respond to these emails as we note that in many cases, as soon as we quote Christian sources, the authors act in a very "un-Christian" manner or seem to have no proper understanding of Christianity. We will not engage in such discussions, nor do we wish to sink to the level of scurrilous invective that lace such letters. We have been asked to read what Jesus supposedly preached. As Muslims, we acknowledge Jesus as a Prophet of God and agree that he preached peace, and we also seek to follow his advice in that "ye shall know them by their fruits."(Matthew 7:16) As the old adage goes, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, for more pertinent information, visit this site.
Since we deem these hostile letters the "fruits" by which we may know the writers, we do the Muslim thing by saying "peace" and "to you be your way, and to me mine." We seek to convert no one, but to simply answer that which is in line with seeking to understand the finer points of Islam, and to promote harmonious pluralism. And we rely on the Creator for our guidance.
Webmaster's note: And do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation other than in a most kindly manner - unless it be such of them who are bent on evildoing, and say to them: "We believe in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you: for our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto Him that we all surrender ourselves."(Q29:46).
In God's eyes, Jesus is just like Adam: He created him from dust and then said to him, "Be" - and he was. This is the truth from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters. If anyone disputes this with you now that you have been given this knowledge, say: "Come, let us gather our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, and let us pray together humbly and earnestly, and invoke God's curse upon those of us who are lying."(Q3:59-61).
Posted September 24, 2006