Nothing in Common


By Abd. Al Ara.

Isl_m is fighting its battle of acceptance and legitimacy.
Musl_m activists are working fervently trying to improve
Isl_m's image.   Their goal is to create an environment in
which Isl_m can be easily propagated.   Their tool is as old
as Isl_m itself, but they have just rediscovered it.   This tool
is telling Christians that Isl_m and Christianity have a lot
in common
.   They cite Isl_m's belief in the Bible, God,
Jesus, Mary, the prophets, the day of judgment, and

This tactic is not new to Isl_m.   Fourteen centuries ago,
Moh_mm_d, the prophet of Isl_m, used it when he
started [t]eacing his new religion in Mecca.   At the
beginning when Moh_mm_d was weak, he was
conciliatory and appeasing to Christians.   He told them,
"We believe in what has been sent down to us (The
, and sent down to you (The Bible).   Our God is the
same as your God.
Surah 29:45.   Later, in Medina, after
Moh_mm_d became strong, all this changed.   All_h,

allegedly, tells him then, "Fight people of the Book
(Christians and Jews) who do not accept the religion of
truth (Isl_m) until they pay tribute by hand, being
Surah 9:29.

The fact is that the differences between Christianity and
Isl_m are very deep and irreconcilable.   The space
limitation will enable us to list just a few.

Our God is not their Allah

Our God is a loving Father, who, along with the Son and
the Holy spirit, is One God.

-To Musl_ms, the concept of a triune God is a blasphemy.
"They do blaspheme who say God is one of three..., for
there is no God except one God."
Surah 5:76 [5:73]

-All_h of Isl_m is changeable.   "Our revelations we
abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we substitute (with)
something better or similar.   Knowest thou not that God
(All_h) hath power over all things."
  Surah 2:106.

-All_h of Isl_m is temperamental.   "If we so willed, we
could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance,
but the word from me will come.   I will fill Hell with Jinns
(demons) and men all together."
Surah 32:13.

-All_h of Isl_m is a deceiver.   "They plot and plan, and God
too plans, but the best of planners (deceivers) is God."

Surah 8:30.

-All_h of Isl_m is frightening.   "It is God whom ye should
more justly fear, if you believe."
Surah 9:13.

Our Jesus is not their Isa

Our Jesus is the Son of God who died on the Cross to save
the whole world.   In the Qur_n, Jesus' name is Isa.

-Isa is a created being.   "The similitude of Isa before God
is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, Then said
to him 'Be'; And he was."
Surah 3:59.

-Isa is just a prophet.   "O people of the book (Christians),
commit no excess in your religion: nor say of God aught
but truth, Christ Isa the son of Mary was an apostle of
Surah 4:171.

-Isa was not crucified.   "That they said (in boast) 'we killed
Christ Isa, the son of Mary'... but they killed him not, nor
crucified him."
Surah 4:157.

-Isa will return to earth to destroy the cross.   "The hour
will not be established until the son of Mary (Jesus)
descends among you as a just ruler, he will break the
Hadith vol. 3:656.

Our Holy Spirit is not their Angel Gabriel

Our Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead.   His
work is to comfort, convict, regenerate, guide, give power
and bring forth fruit.

-The holy Spirit in Isl_m is an angel.   "Then we (All_h) sent
to her (Mary) our Angel (our Spirit), and he (Angel
Gabriel) appeared before her as a man in all respects."

Surah 19:17.   "Say the Holy Spirit (the Angel Gabriel) has
brought the revelation (the Qur_n) from thy Lord in
  Surah 16:102.

Our Ethics are not their Sharia

Christian ethics are based on love, forgiveness, equality,
tolerance and free-choice.

-Isl_m teaches revenge.   "If any one transgress the
prohibition against you, transgress likewise against him."

Surah 2:194.

-Isl_m does not treat women and men as equal.   "To the
male a portion equal to that of two females."
Surah 4:11.

-Isl_m allows men to beat their wives.   "...As to those
women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct,
admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them."

Surah 4:34.

-Isl_m imposes harsh punishment on wrongdoers.   "A
thief is punished by the amputation of hands."
5:41 [5:73].   "A drunk is punished by 80 lashes." Hadith vol.
8:770.   "An adulterer is punished by 100 lashes." Surah

-Isl_m must be imposed by force, if necessary.   "And fight
them on, until there is no more tumult (seduction) or
oppression, and there prevail justice, and faith in God
(and the religion become Isl_m)."
Surah 2:193.

-Apostasy from Isl_m is punishable by death.
"Whosoever changes his (Isl_mic religion, kill him."
Hadith vol. 9:5.

Our Salvation is not their Straight Path

Our Salvation is guaranteed by the redemptive work of
Jesus Christ on our behalf, on the Cross.

-In Isl_m, there is no Original Sin, and no need for the
Cross; All_h, the all-powerful, has the supreme authority
to punish or to forgive whomever he pleaseth,
whenever he pleaseth.
  "He (All_h) forgiveth whom he
pleasant, and punisheth whom he pleaseth, for God has
power over all things
Surah 2:284.

-In Isl_m, good deed[s] cancel bad deeds.   "For those things
that are good remove those that are evil."
Surah 11:114.

-The only assurance a Musl_m has of going to Paradise is
through fighting for the cause of spreading Isl_m (Jihad),
and being martyred in the process.
  "And if you are slain,
or die in the way of All_h, forgiveness and mercy from
All_h are far better than all they could amass."

Our Heaven is not their Paradise

In Christianity, Heaven's pleasure are pleasures of spirit,
pleasures of purity.

-In Isl_m, Paradise is the place where a Musl_m will be
reclining, eating meats and delicious fruits, drinking
exquisite wines, and engaging in sex with beautiful
young women
(and perpetually young beautiful boys
"Wildan or Ghilman", according to some Musl_m
theologians).   "As to the righteous, they will be in gardens
and in happiness (to them will be said): Eat and drink ye,
with profit and health, because of your (good) deeds."

"They will recline (with ease) on thrones (of dignity)
arranged in ranks; and we shall join (marry) them to
companions with beautiful big and lustrous eyes... And we
shall bestow on them, of fruit and meat, anything they
desire.   They shall there exchange, on another, a cup free
of frivolity, free of all taint of ill.   Round about them youth
(handsome) as pearl well-guarded."
Surah 52:17, 19, 20,


Dear Christian Brother/Sister,

There is a new trend these days among well-meaning
Christians, that calls for understanding, making dialogue and
building bridges between Christianity and Isl_m.   These words
may sound good, but unfortunately, in many cases they have
been wrongly applied.

True understanding occurs when we try to know both the
attractive side of Isl_m and the ugly side.   True dialogue occurs
when we listen to them and we insist they listen to us.   True
bridge-building occurs when the bridges we build with them
go both ways.   True love occurs when we tell them they are
wrong if we know that they are wrong.

Isl_m's message to Christians in the West these days, "We have
a lot in common; we are similar.   Accept us; listen to us..."

It is a ploy; don't believe it.   They use it only to spread their
religion.   After they gain the upper hand, Isl_m's message will
be, "We have nothing in common with you; you are infidels who
worship three gods and follow a corrupt Bible.   You are dhimmis
who must accept Isl_m or pay jizya (penalty tax) for being

Then there would be no understanding between Musl_ms and
Christians, no dialogues, and no bridges...

Don't let Musl_ms deceive you into believing that Isl_m is a
legitimate extension of Christianity.   The Bible makes it clear
that God the Father sent His Son Jesus (Matthew 21:37) and
that the Bible is God's last revelation (Revelation 22:18).   Jesus
warns, "There shall arise false prophets, that if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
  Matthew 24:24

Quotations of the Qur_n are from: The Holy Qur_n; translated
by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.

Quotations of the Hadith (Moh_mm_d's sayings) are from: The
translation of the meaning of Sahih Al-Bukhari; Moh_mm_d
Musl_m Khan.

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