Islam — The Facts
Islam’s creed is “Allah is Creator of the Universe and Muhammad is his Messenger.”
The Five Pillars of Islam are (1) Profess the faith. (2) Recite verses from the Qur’an five times each day. (3) Give alms for Muslim orphans and poor. (4) Fast during the month of Ramadan. (5) Go on at least one pilgrimage to Mecca.
Islam is an ideology with strict rules for nearly every aspect of life and harsh punishments for disobedience, yet fewer than one percent of all adherents (Muslims) obey Allah’s command to fight for world domination. Most Muslims attend communal rituals of prayer, go on a pilgrimage to Mecca and fast; but otherwise they live their lives as they wish.
Nearly all Muslims strive to raise their children in a safe and friendly environment and co-exist peacefully with people of other faiths.
Per Islam, every person will be raised from the dead to spend eternity either in Paradise or Hell depending on how well he conforms to the rules of Islam and whether he does more good than harm to other Muslims. Islam holds that Jesus was not divine and the Holy Spirit never existed; Jesus was a prophet, but Muhammad was a greater prophet.
Per Islam, Allah revealed the Qur’an word-for-word to Gabriel, the same angel who announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Then, over a 22-year period, Gabriel unerringly repeated Allah’s words to Muhammad. As Muhammad traveled about, he recited them as needed. Some made notes of what he said. Ten years after Muhammad’s death, these scattered notes were compiled into what became the Qur’an. The Qur’an is known to all Muslims as the perfect and eternal revelation of Allah.
In the Qur’an, Allah bestows all the earth’s land and wealth to Muslims (8:41,69; 33:26-27; 48:14) and commands Muslims to fight until all people convert to Islam or submit to Muslim rule (8:39,65, 9:5,14,29).
Per Islamic Law, adulterers must be stoned to death, thieves must have a hand amputated, and anyone who attempts to escape Islam must be executed. Yet these punishments are rarely carried out—and then only in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, and a few other areas where devout Islamists rule.
Supplementary self-tests, maps, reading lists and the insightful comparison of Islam to Christianity make this one of the most complete and compelling websites about Islam. Contents have been approved by Muslims, ex-Muslims, and Christian missionaries to Muslim countries.
Ninety-six percent of Islam’s growth is due to high birth rates; Islamic Law decrees that Muslim men may keep up to four wives and every child born into a Muslim family must be raised Muslim.
Islam holds that every Muslim has a sacred duty to spread Islam; Qur’an 8:39 reads, “Fight until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere.” Of the world’s 7.6 billion people, 1.6 billion (21%) claim to be Muslims. Thankfully, less than one (1) percent of Muslims obey Islam’s edict to fight. If one percent were fighting to spread Islam, then the army of Islam would be 3,200,000 strong (1.6 billion x 1/2 male x 40% fighting age x .01), and the world would be embroiled in a bloodbath too horrible to imagine. Obviously, less than one percent of Muslims fight to spread Islam.
Ever since the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Stephen Blanton, a Christian, has worked tirelessly to learn the beliefs and practices of Islam. He knows well that both peaceful and fighting Muslims revere the same Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, and worship the same Allah.
Question: Islam’s central theme is, “Allah has no son (Jesus), and Allah has no associate (Holy Spirit).” Why is Islam so anti-Christian?
Answer: (1) Christianity is the greatest threat to Islam; there are more Christians than Muslims and Christian churches send missionaries throughout the world. (2) Christianity holds that those who believe Jesus is the Son of God will receive the Holy Spirit and its benefits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Islam holds that Allah has no son and the holy spirit does not exist. (3) Christianity holds that God is Love and commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Islam holds that Allah is unknowable, and Allah commands Muslims to fight until Islam is the dominant religion. (4) The Christian Bible was canonized 300 years before Islam existed, and the Bible never mentions Islam or its founder, Muhammad.
Islam teaches that Allah gives Muslims the ability to judge the behavior of others and the authority to punish those who disobey Allah’s will. Islam judges all non-Muslims as disobedient infidel friends of Satan. Muslims also judge other Muslims; Sunnis and Shiites have been slaughtering one another since AD 656 because they disagree as to whether Muhammad’s successor must be in his bloodline (Shiites) or must be the most pious and faithful Muslim regardless of bloodline (Sunnis).
Most Muslims accept Islam’s tenet that they are superior to non-Muslims spiritually, morally, and physically. Their greatest hope is a one world government ruled by a Muslim Caliph.
Islam prohibits assimilation into non-Muslim societies.
Migrants everywhere are fleeing the effects of Islam: poverty, starvation, wars, endless conflicts, and hopelessness. Western countries are welcoming Muslim migrants because of labor shortages–even though very few of them possess the work skills or language skills to become productive members of society. Crime rates have risen in every country that has taken in large numbers of Muslim migrants. Sweden has become the rape capital of the world.
QUESTIONS (1) What factors contribute most to Islam’s phenomenal growth? (2) What is the real meaning of jihad, a struggle for inner purity or Islam’s fight for world domination? (3) Do most Muslims understand the language of Islam’s holiest book, the Qur’an?
ANSWERS (1) High birth rates and forced conversions account for 96% of Islam’s growth. (2) Jihad means total warfare against non-Muslims until Islam prevails worldwide. (3) Fewer than 20% of Muslims understand Arabic, the language of the Qur’an.
(1) More than 99% of Muslims are peaceful. They ignore Islam’s call for world domination. However, Islam demands conformity, so they must at least pretend to comply with its norms or risk execution. This prevents peaceful Muslims from criticizing Islamic terrorism.
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Throughout the centuries, and down to the present day, there has been deep misunderstanding among Christians about Islam and Muslims. Know Islam, Love Muslims is an expert guide written with insight and compassion for the Muslim world. It has been reviewed by Muslims, former Muslims, and Christian missionaries to Muslim countries. The maps, charts, carefully researched references and reading lists make it one of the most complete and compelling works available about Islam.
Every Muslim has a sacred duty to obey Islam’s edict to “fight until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere” (Qur’an 8:9). But fewer than 1 percent of Muslims obey this edict.
While birth control and abortions are sending most non-Muslim populations into extinction, high birth rates among Muslims have made Islam the world’s fastest growing ideology. Nearly all Muslims strive to live peacefully with people of other faiths and raise their children in a safe and friendly environment. Rather than confront them, free peoples should welcome them with love and respect.