As seen again, there is discrimination on the rise against Islamic families who simply want to swim. Stopping this type of discrimination is not impossible. In fact, in some ways it is ironic that the staff at the Foster Brown Public Pool were asking people to be less modest due to a pool filter issue. On the contrary, the rights of the Muslim families who wanted to swim in their traditional attire should be respected and accommodated just as if someone came to the pool with a disability and needed to have a safe and accessible way into and out of the pool. Also, the principle behind the idea of covering oneself modestly (even when at a swimming pool) should be a virtue that is honored. This is especially the case when one considers the type of swimwear (or lack thereof) that is trendy and up and coming these days.
The Christian message of peace and reconciliation must be proclaimed loudly in the midst of the senseless act of the burning of the Victoria Islamic Center in southern Texas. Nothing good can ever be accomplished when these types of hateful evil acts are displayed. It is imperative that Christians all across our world unite in standing up against this vile targeted act of arson. “Salt is a very good thing; but if it should lose its saltiness, what can you do to restore its flavour? You must have salt in yourselves, and live at peace with each other.” (Mark chapter 9 verse 50)
As many Muslims around the world are becoming disillusioned with the rise of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other forms of militant Islam… there is a rising movement growing to reclaim what genuine Islam is. In the same line of thinking, there is a movement to distinguish the Jesus of the Qur’an and the Jesus of the Bible. Asking which one is genuine assumes that there is a difference. As you read each book’s account of who Jesus is, the difference is significant to say the least. This begs the further question about which book is authoritatively true. The authority and truthfulness of the books that these two faiths are based on is foundational to one’s approach to reaching out to Muslims with the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. So just as the Muslims around the world are seeking to reclaim genuine Islam… we as Christian believers must carefully and studiously investigate what it is that sets the Bible apart from the Qur’an and also what sets the Jesus of the Bible apart from the Jesus in the Qur’an.
At The Walrus, Nadim Roberts profiles a Canadian imam who is working to counter radicalization with knowledge.
This blog was started after I began reading a very helpful book about what the Qur’an teaches about Jesus Christ. Many well-meaning, media swayed, God-fearing, Biblically conservative Christians do not have a clue about what Muslims believe about Jesus Christ. Even though I am only a third of the way through this book it has already significantly opened my eyes to the key differences between the way that Jesus Christ is proclaimed in the Qur’an and that way that he is proclaimed in the Bible. As you notice from the mission of this blog I seek to follow four core values which are Building Friendships, Understanding Identity, Displaying Respect and Educating readers for the purpose of an intellectually honest dialogue. As a springboard to establish this mission I will be blogging about my reading of the book The Truth About Islam and Jesus by Emir Caner and John Ankerberg.