During Eid ul Adha Muslims slaughter a ram in commemoration of the great ransom Allah provided in terms of rescuing Abraham's firstborn. During Passover the ancient Hebrews also slaughtered a lamb in commemoration of a great ransom. They recognized if God had not provided the Passover lamb their firstborn sons would not have escaped the clutches of the death angel. It seems both stories honor the Almighty by portraying him as the hero figure who rescues by providing a âgreatâ ransom/redemption. In fact again and again through Scripture we see saints and prophets praising God as Saviour and Redeemer. However, looking at Islam again, this observation raises an important question.
Can you think of a wiser, more noble new years resolution than choosing to follow the path of righteousness? It is interesting to consider how similar or different this might be, depending whether one is a Christian or a Muslim. Both can agree with proverbial sayings penned by Solomon (Sulaiman hakim) as found in Proverbs 4:18 and 12:28, âthe path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day ... In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.â
When God's Messiah (Al Masihu Isa) arrived he shed further light on this righteous path to immortality by promising that âif anyone keeps my word he will never see deathâ, i.e. attain immortality. (John 8:51) Jesus reaffirmed this in John 17:3 using slightly different words, âThis is eternal life that they might know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.â
Since 9/11 Westerners have wondered, âwhy do they hate us?â Even casual observers see that there exists a hatred, a rage, against non-Muslim countries, particularly Western ones. Is it true that Islam hates us? If so, why? Or does Islam love non-Muslims? Or is the answer somewhere in between? This article explores Islamic doctrine, and the life of Muhammad, to identify real Islamâs position towards non-Muslims.
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