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Muhammad the Prophet - FEAR OF ISLAM

The force of the massive explosion at the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon—on October 23, 1983—was so powerful that people in nearby buildings—such as headquarters for the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit [MAU]—had their windows blown out. Investigators were stunned by the extent of the catastrophe which had been set in motion by a terrorist in a truck who detonated the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT. USMC photo.

 

"Islam" means surrender. It is a religion whose adherents (called "Muslims," meaning those who have totally surrendered) believe in God (called Allah in Arabic). It is a religion that is much misunderstood in the West.

As with any religion, Islam has fundamentalist adherents whose actions are totally inconsistent with the faith itself. Like KKK members who professed to be Christians but lynched African Americans, or "pro-lifers" who themselves kill at abortion clinics, religious fundamentalists who claim their faith justifies their actions are still just terrorists. Over time, unfortunately, their violence causes non-practitioners to misunderstand the faith itself—and to fear it.

Actions of fanatical Muslims, both recently and historically, have contributed to a fear of Islam among non-Muslims:

Yet, when one examines the written source of the Muslim religion (the Koran) and the man who gave his people their book of faith (Muhammad), we see a different picture. And that picture raises other questions:

  • Doesn't the Koran acknowledge many of the significant Jewish prophets and Biblical stories?

  • If so, isn't there an inherent reason for the two faiths to find common ground?

  • Doesn't the Koran state that Abraham is the father of both Jew and Arab and that Abraham walked with God?

  • If so, does that mean Jews, Arabs and Christians all worship the same God?

Muhammad, who lived from 570 to 632, never claimed to be divine, and Muslims do not think of him in that sense. But Muhammad DID claim to be a prophet of God, and the Islamic faith contends he was the last of all the prophets sent by God.

For those who have not studied him, who was Muhammad? And what was his contribution to the faith practiced by so many of the world's population?

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Apr 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Jun 19, 2019


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