North Carolina Tom Wallace as he spoke at an Answering Muslims conference in North Carolina. Listen to the program HERE (mp3 download link) and below are the “show notes” from this program.
The Situation In CharlotteThere are about 24,000 to 30,000 Muslims in North Carolina, about 10,000 Charlotte area, and about 15,000 in the Raleigh/Durham area. You may see the Qur’an van driving around Charlotte. It is being used to publicize Islam to the community. The organization that is doing has its headquarters in Charlotte, but it is setting itself up as a franchise across the nation. They distribute the Qur’an to the people. There is also a very large Islamic academy here in Charlotte and a number of mosques in the area. We are also seeing the real face of Islam in North Carolina. Recently two people were arrested as they were planning terrorist activity in the Raleigh area. Four years ago seven people were arrested for similar things here in North Carolina. Just before July 4th, a young man was arrested in Morganton, NC. He had converted to Islam and embraced ISIS. He was planning to kill 1,000 people on July 4th. Fortunately he contacted an FBI undercover agent and was arrested. Morganton is small-town America.
Is Islam In The Bible?There is a passage that presents the idea of Islam. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8 We are warned that there will be those who will say that an angel from Heaven delivered them a message. If the message is not in line with what has already been given we know that it is wrong and that person is to be accursed. I believe that is exactly what happened 600 years after this was written. According to Muhammad, the angel Gabriel appeared to him with the message of the Qur’an. This should be a warning to us and tell us that there is no doubt about the god of Islam. He is not the same as the God of Christianity.
The Muslim Point Of ViewMuslims believe that god, Allah, began to reveal is message to his prophets. One of those prophets was Abraham. Abraham had two sons that we know a lot about, Ishmael, the first born, and Isaac, the son of promise. Muslims believe that Allah’s revelation begins with Abraham. They believe that this revelation was given to the Jews, but that the Jews corrupted the message, the Old Testament. They believe that because of this Allah had to find a new prophet, Jesus, through whom to give the new revelation. They believe that His followers corrupted the new revelation, the New Testament. They believe that 600 years after Christ Allah called the final prophet, Muhammad. They believe that the Qur’an is the last testament. They believe that the Qur’an has remained pure for today.
Two Important WordsWe need to understand the difference between apologetic and polemic. The word apologetic means to defend. In a courtroom the defense attorney is the apologist. Polemic means to point out the error of the other side. In a courtroom this would be the prosecuting attorney. We will be looking at the arguments to defend our faith because Islam makes some false claims concerning our Bible, our Jesus, and our God. We need to present an apology (defense) to counter this false teaching. We will also look at the errors of Islam (polemic) to show that their faith is not of God.
Five Myths Of Islam
- Popular Myth No. 1 – Islam is a Religion of Peace
- Myth No. 2 Allah and Jehovah are the same God
- Myth No. 3 The Prophet Muhammad is greater than Jesus Christ
- Myth No. 4 The Bible is Corrupted but the Qur’an is Pure
- Myth No. 5 Muhammad received revelations from the Angel Gabriel.
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How Does A Muslim Get Saved?The first thing you must understand is that it is something they earn. They must merit Allah’s pleasure. The problem is that Allah is not like Jehovah. One of the attributes of Jehovah is His immutability. He is the same today as he was yesterday. Allah is the capricious one. He can not only change his mind, he can change his very nature. Muslims live their lives in fear, not knowing if they have earned enough favor with their god. It is a “I hope so” religion. There is one way, and only one way, a Muslim can guarantee his salvation. He must die as a martyr for Allah in jihad. There are 7 blessing promised to the martyrs. They are not found in the Qur’an, but in the Hadith. Some Hadith say there are 6 blessings and some say there are 7.
- He is forgiven from the moment his blood is shed.
- He will be shown a palace in Paradise.
- He will be spared the trial of the grave.
- He will be secure on the day of judgment.
- He will receive a crown of dignity.
- He will be married to 72 virgins
- He will be able to intercede for 70 of his family members so they can go to Paradise with him.
Islam’s Doctrines of DeceptionAl Takiyya Al Takiyya is defined about ones Muslim identity. It comes from the verse in the Quran that says, “Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense -Surah 3:28. Also…. “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.” (Reliance of the Traveler, Para r8.2) This includes lying to protect Islam or a Muslim. For example, if a Muslim is captured and forced to renounce his faith or die he can lie to the unbelievers and say outwardly “I renounce my faith” and inwardly in his heart still be a true believer. One of the finer aspects of al takyya is that if there is some aim or goal that a Muslim is required to perform and he cannot do it by telling the truth, then he is obligated to lie. For example, all Muslims are obligated to work to bring the world under the domination of Islam. If he cannot do this by honest means it is OK for him to use dishonest methods to accomplish this. Al Tawriya Al Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying”. It is OK to break the intent of the oath, as long as you don’t break the letter of the oath. (Reliance of the Traveler, sections o19.1 and o19.5) For example, they tell us that Islam means peace. They use the fact that Islam is similar to salaam, which means peace. This is creative lying. It depends on our ignorance of the Arabic language. The word “Islam” actually means submission or surrender. When one submits to Islam he is called a Muslim, which means the submitted one. Another example would be when a Muslim responds to your greeting of “Merry Christmas!” He might say, “I wish you the best.” What he wishes for you is that you will become a Muslim because he believes this is the best for you. Kitman Kitman is characterized by deceiving someone by telling only part of the truth. An example is what they tell us about jihad. The tell us that it means personal struggle against evil. They call this the “Great Jihad.” The reason it is called this is because everyone struggles with temptations. The lesser jihad is the fight against the unbelievers, that of actually going to war against non-Muslims. When they tell us that jihad means the personal struggle against evil, what they don’t tell us is that 9 out 10 times Jihad is mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunna It is talking about fighting against the Kafr (unbelievers). Another example is the quoting passages that have been abrogated. These are passages that were written early in the life of Muhammad that have been superseded by later passages. When a Muslim quotes a passage that says there is no compulsion in religion, he is quoting a passage that has been abrogated and, if they are knowledgeable Muslims, they know that this verse has been superseded by later verses like the verse that says fight those who believe not. “There is no compulsion in religion” (Surah 2:256) Early Medina “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” (Surah 3:83 Later Medina) Because most people in the West are ignorant of the Islamic teaching of abrogation we fall for this kind of thing. The purpose of Fortress of Faith is to educate people so they won’t fall for these deceptions. Muruna Muruna means using “flexibility” or “Balance” to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. It is allowed for Muslims to blend in with the life style of the enemy in order to bring about the greater cause of Islam, which is to bring everyone into submission Islam. It is acceptable for a Muslim living in the West to dress like westerners, shave off the beard, etc. They can even go to the point of drinking alcohol. The whole purpose of their doing this is to keep us from seeing them as who they really are. They can be wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Two Houses Of Islam In Christianity we can divide the world into two parts, the saved and the lost. In Islam they divide it into the unbelievers, which is the House of War, and believers, which is the House of Islam. As Christians, we try to reach the lost by loving persuasion. We take the Gospel to them and give hem the freedom to choose. Islam has a totally different approach. When they are in the House of War, meaning they do not have enough strength to dominate the society in which they live, they use the methods of deception I mentioned above. Once they gain enough strength to influence the society they start demanding their “rights” and forcing non-Muslims to capitulate to them. This is a transitional phase moving toward the House of Islam. When they believe they have moved into the House of Islam, then everyone who is not a Muslim is either made a slave or killed. I believe that the West, including America, is at least in the transition stage.
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Islam And The AntichristAll I can give you on this is a brief oversight because it would take several articles to cover it. In Islam’s prophetic teaching they are waiting for three people;
- The Mahdi – This is their messiah.
- The second person is Isa – The Muslim Jesus, the servant of the Mahdi.
- The Dijal – The Muslim false prophet.
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