Our nano-scale experience with Muslim friends here in our own country opens our eyes to the bigger picture of COVID’s impact on the lives of Muslims globally. How our personal laments figure into God’s unchanged love for them and us during this crisis will somewhat depend upon how well we understand their challenges in this season.
As we intercede for Muslims, we often are acutely aware of the barriers they face in accepting Christ. Muslims must navigate through many layers of religion, culture, and familial relationship, which often seem like an impenetrable wall. Yet, as followers of Christ, we can be reticent to examine our own hearts or, better yet, allow the Spirit to inspect our hearts to identify any barriers resident within us toward Muslims.
One phenomenon produced by globalization, international travel, immigration, and online dating sites is a rise in cross-cultural, interfaith interactions. This article examines key spiritual differences by comparing and contrasting Christian and Islamic views on dating, marriage, family relationships, divorce, and children. The scenarios are composites of statements we hear repeatedly. The stories and examples are real people and true-life situations known by the author.
“Forgiveness of sins? I love that thought,” said Ahmed as we sat enjoying our meal at a Midwestern diner. We had been talking about Ramadan, a month set aside for fasting in commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelations from Allah. During Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, adherents of Islam fast from dawn until dusk.
Lands that God will Not Forget: The Former Soviet Union Countries of Central Asia
The persecution of Christians in former Soviet Union countries in Central Asia is, of course, bad news. But, ironically, it is also good news because it is evidence that people there are embracing the Good News of Jesus Christ in growing numbers and faithfully following Him.
The expression “Abrahamic Religions” has become widely accepted in academic and popular conversations as a cover term for a genetically connected “family” of three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Religious Studies departments on campuses across the Western world, the term has become the standard way to refer to the three monotheistic religions, in contrast, for example, to Indian religions or East Asian religions.
Since the 1980s, one of the demographic shifts in America has been the influx of West African immigrants. Over the last fifteen years, legal immigrants from Africa have been entering the United States at a rate of about 50,000 per year. This significant influx has raised the percentage of foreign-born African people in America to approximately 4 percent.