The following is a needed response to some of the more important points in an article that appeared in the Star-Exponent on March 16 titled: “10 Most Common Misconceptions about Islam.”
The Allah of Islam is NOT the God of the Jews and Christians, because God would NOT contradict Himself. “Fight the People of the Book (Christians and Jews), who do not accept the religion of the truth (Islam), until they pay Jizya/tribute (penalty tax) by hand, being inferior.” (Quran 9:29 Surat Al-Tawbeh).
Concerning Jesus, the Islamic concept of Jesus is inconsistent with the biblical and secular record. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, then resurrected from the dead (Luke 9:22). The Quran contradicts this, “That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’;—but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not…” (Quran 4:157 Surat Al-Nissa).
With regard to Sharia, it controls every aspect of their lives and affects all non-Muslims, (Kafir). Obeying Sharia means following the commands of Allah and NOT the Constitution or law (Quran 5:49 Sura Al-Maideh).
Sharia instructs Muslims NOT to be friends with Kafir, but pretend to be a friend. It teaches them to spread Islam by ALL means, including ‘by the sword.’ Finally, Islam has been violent from its very beginning. “Kill the Mushrikun (polytheists, Christians and non-Muslims); wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush…” (Quran 9:5 Sura At-Taubah).
These are facts about Islam. Please see the video “What the West Needs to Know about Islam” by William J. Federer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YpJjRzQDIM
Pastor Steven Harrelson,
Virginia Pastors’ Network