Read the Qur’an
Islam seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. Between the war on ISIS to the welcoming of Syrian refugees, Islam has risen to prominence. But what do we know about Islam?
The worst source of information on Islam are internet memes. If that is how you are educating yourself, you need to stop that right now. There are also many apologetic books on Islam. These are much better but there is a more important way to learn about Islam.
In this time in our history, there is a great need for Christians to understand Islam and I would suggest the way to do this is to read the Qur’an. The Qur’an is about the length of the New Testament. Since some Muslims memorize the Qur’an in Arabic, it is reasonable for Christians to read it in their native language.
There are some things to know before reading the Qur’an. Muslims do not see the Qur’an the way Christians see the Bible. Christians understand the Holy Spirit to have inspired human authors, in the process using their personalities and circumstances. Muslims see Muhammed not as writing the Qur’an but as simply recording what was revealed to him. In fact, the Qur’an is believed to have existed eternally alongside God.
Another thing to remember is that Muslims do not see an English Qur’an as the real Qur’an. The Qur’an is meant to be read in Arabic. Still, reading it in your language will still give you a good understanding of the book. The final thing to remember is that the Qur’an is not arranged in chronological order. After the first sura, it is arranged from longest to shortest.
Why should you read the Qur’an? One is to grow in knowledge and understanding of Islam. But there is another reason. Years ago I was having a conversation with a Muslim. He asked me if I had ever read the Qur’an. When I told him that I had, there was a noticeable shift in the conversation. He was much more open to what I had to say.
Recommended Resource: The Qur’an
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