Presentation on theme: ""Islam: Behind The Veil" 2 Corinthians 3:14-18. History of Islam Mohammed (570-632) Born in Mecca, Arabia Month of Ramadan - first vision Islam - "submission."— Presentation transcript:
History of Islam Mohammed (570-632) Born in Mecca, Arabia Month of Ramadan - first vision Islam - "submission to the will of Allah"
The Qur'an Sacred, literal word of God, sent down from heaven Only miracle performed by Mohammed 4/5th size of NT Sacred Arabic; poetry
The Pillars Of Islam Only One God Prayer Almsgiving Fasting Pilgrimage Jihad
Only One God "There is no god but the God and Mohammad is His Apostle" ("Allah" is the Arabic form of the Hebrew Elohim)
Prayer Facing Mecca Before sunrise, at noon, in the afternoon, at sunset, and at night before retiring
Almsgiving 5-10% to help the poor at the end of Ramadan "To have is to share"
Fasting During Ramadan ("the scorching sun") From dusk to dawn No smoking
Pilgrimage To Mecca "The road to Mecca is paved with the graves of the pilgrims"
Jihad "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way! Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope" Omar Ahmad, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Beliefs Of Islam Wine and alcoholic drinks, gambling, stealing, adultery, and conversion to Christianity forbidden. Jesus was only a prophet. Not the Son of God, not crucified, not raised from the dead. 1 John 2:22
Aim of Islam "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America. I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future." Omar Ahmad
Growth of Islam 1.5 billion people 23% bow to Mecca 7 million Muslims in the United States 2 nd largest religion in the world
How Do We Reach Muslims? Not all Muslims are terrorists Be knowledgeable of the Qur'an Pray for them Set a good example before them Be willing to study with them 2 Corinthians 3:16-18