Malik the Muslim
Malik the Muslim belongs to the religion called Islam (which means ‘way of submission’). His beliefs are based on the teachings of a book called the Koran (Quran), which the prophet Mohammed (the founder of Islam) claimed was dictated supernaturally to him in 610 A.D. by the angel Gabriel. Malik’s religion is the second largest in the world and claims to have one billion followers. Malik goes to ‘church’ (called a Mosque) every Friday to pray to God. In a Mosque during prayer time, Malik and all the other Muslims face east towards the city of Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, where Mohammed had his vision from Gabriel.
Questions You Can Ask
- What is it like to be a part of your religion? The traditions I’ve heard about sound pretty interesting!
- Have you ever been to Mecca or do you plan to go?
- Which parts of Islam do you wish people understood better?
- Do you follow Islam because of your own choice, or because it is your family tradition?
- What do you think happens after we die?
- Do you believe that entrance into heaven is dependent on living by the Five Pillars of Islam?
- What do you believe about Jesus Christ?
- Do you think there’s a difference between a “religion” and the “relationship” with God that Jesus talked about?
- Have you ever considered the possibility that Jesus really could be the Son of God? Why or why not?
- How would your Muslim friends and family react if you converted to Christianity? How does that make you feel?
- What do you think of Jesus’ claim that He was God and the way back to God?
- Has anyone ever explained the gospel to you?
Areas You Can Admire
- Malik’s belief in one true God.
- Malik’s commitment to prayer.
- Malik’s commitment to leading a devout life that pleases God.
- Malik’s belief in a heaven and a hell.
What Malik Believes
Malik believes Islam is the only true religion, and he is radically committed to his faith. At the core of Islam are seven fundamental beliefs that Malik and every Muslim must accept as a part of his/her religion. The seven are:
- Belief in God (who, in Arabic, is named ‘Allah’).
- Belief in the angels (both good and evil).
- Belief in the revealed Books of God.
- Belief in God’s many prophets (including Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and other Christians and Jews are familiar with).
- Accepting that there will be a Last Day/Final Judgment.
- Belief in the divine measurement of human affairs.
- Belief in life after death.
Just like Hari the Hindu, Malik’s beliefs affect every part of his life including how he spends his time, what he eats, and even the types of friends he chooses.
Malik does not believe in the God of the universe revealed in the Bible as Yahweh, rather his ‘god’ is called ‘Allah’.
About the Trinity:
Malik wholeheartedly rejects the Biblical teachings about the Trinity. He believes that there is only one true God and his name is Allah.
Malik believes that Jesus was one of Allah’s prophets. He rejects the notion that Jesus is God. Even on a human level he believe that Mohammed was a greater man and prophet than Jesus.
About the Bible:
Malik recognizes only the Koran as truly and completely divine in origin. He recognizes only part of the Bible as God’s word, but he believes even that part is badly corrupted and inaccurate.
About the Afterlife:
Malik believes that there is life after death, where faithful Muslims are rewarded according to their faithfulness, and unbelievers (called infidels) suffer for eternity.
Malik believes that salvation (in his mind reward in the afterlife) is only achieved through absolute obedience to Allah, the Koran, and the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars of Islam are:
- Affirmation (Shahada) – Consistent recitation of and belief in the creed that “there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.”
- Prayer (As-Salah) – Praying toward Mecca (their holy city) five times a day.
- Almsgiving (Zakah): Giving 2.5% of their income to the poor.
- The fast (Siyam) – Fasting from dawn till dusk every day during Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar).
- The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajji) – Traveling to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.
What the Bible Teaches
God identified Himself as “I Am” (Exodus 20:2) – meaning He is the self-existent (never had a beginning or end) eternal Creator of the universe. He is not the same as Allah, because Allah doesn’t exist.
About the Trinity:
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19).
Jesus is fully God and fully man, and not a prophet of Allah. He is the God of the universe (John 1:1, 14, 18; 8:58 ; 10:30 . Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah 45:21), and He is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
About the Bible:
The Bible alone is the word of God. It is without error. It cannot and should not be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20). The Koran is not sacred because it was not sent from God.
About the Afterlife:
Those who trust in Christ alone as their only hope of salvation spend eternity in heaven; those who reject Christ spend an eternity in hell (John 5:24-30; Revelation 20:11-15).
Salvation is by faith in Christ on the basis of His death on the cross. Good works or self-denial have nothing to do with being saved (John 3:16-17, 36; 6:29, 47; Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Obedience to Allah has nothing to do with your destiny in the afterlife.
Things to Remember
- Like Hari the Hindu, Malik is coming from a radically different way of looking at the world, so your early witnessing efforts should consist of mainly listening and getting a feel for where he is coming from. So first, be a friend. Muslim cultures place a high value on friendships and time spent visiting with friends. Many Muslims have not had the opportunity to develop a close friendship with a Christian. One way to do this is to invite him to your home. Malik places a high value on hospitality, and you would not leave his home without being offered something to drink, no matter how short the visit. Do the same with him, and be sure and ask beforehand about any dietary restrictions.
- Malik’s religion is inseparably tied to his family and culture, so be sensitive to the fact that if he rejects Islam, his family and culture will reject and perhaps even plot to kill him. What this means is that Malik has to carefully weigh all the consequences of trusting Christ, so give him time and make sure you don’t make trusting Christ sound flippant.
- Stick to the common themes where Islam and Christianity meet, like Jesus and the Bible. Use those themes to introduce Malik to the truth about them, like the claims of Christ, his death and resurrection, and the Bible being the inspired word of God.
- Malik’s view of God (Allah) is one of anger and demand. Use your own testimony as a way to show how it is possible to have a personal relationship with the personal God of the universe (Yahweh) who loves and forgives unconditionally on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection.
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