Death is a destiny that no one could run away from. Someone may have their hardest time when their loved ones have passed away. Moving on is never easy and get on with life is something that one can not be sure of. However, we should not take too long time in grieve.
Even though the death of our loved ones is unexpected, but the living should continue to live. But if we find it hard to move on, here are the ways on how to accept death in Islam:
1. Trust the Future in Allah SWT
When our family or our loved ones left us, we become unsure about the future. Especially when the death is our father or husband. How can we continue to live without them? Who will support the family? And many more questions. As we never know the goods behind Allah’s decision, we must trust Him that the future ahead will be better.
“Be sure, We shall test you through fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” – Al Baqara (2:155)
2. Allah SWT Always Knows Best
There are times when we can’t understand why Allah SWT seems to put so much burden that we can’t bear. The fact is, what Allah has put on our shoulders is actually still within our capability.
As Allah has promised,
“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” – Al Baqara (2:286)
3. Be Patient
The best way we can do to cope with sadness from the death of our loved ones is by being patient. Allah SWT will always replace every bad things happen in our life with something that is definitely better. A great reward will be given to us if we can be patient with everything Allah put on us.
“O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer. Surely Allah is with the patient.” – Al Baqara (2:45)
4. Send Dua to Your Loved Ones
After going on to the another world, the death can no longer make dua for themselves nor to you. Dua is the most important thing for them now, and every deceased are desperate for them. If you really love them, the only thing you can do is sending the dua. Especially the children of the death who send prayer to them.
As said by Prophet Muhammad (SAW),
“A man’s status will be raised in Paradise and he will ask, ‘How did I get here?’ He will be told, ‘By your son’s du’aa’s (prayers) for forgiveness for you.”
5. Give Charity in the Name of the Dead Person
A death person can also continue to do good deeds through the living. The useful thing that can be done is by doing charity in the name of that dead person. It’s a Sunnah and should not be taken lightly as the benefits is very huge for the death.
6. Pay Their Debt
If the dead person still left debt to others, it become the responsibility of the living to pay it off. It lightens the burden the dead must carried and make their way in the Hereafter much easier than before. Look for every person that the dead person might have debt too by asking to the people around them.
7. Forgive Their Wrongdoings
As no human being is perfect, they continue to make mistake and wrongdoing. No matter how big their mistakes may be, forgive them to help the dead. Don’t hold any grudges toward the death. Allah SWT Himself is very merciful and always forgive all the sins, we as human should show some traits of it too.
8. Reflect on Death
When someone around us dead, it should be a good warning to us that the ultimate destiny of a person is to death and return to Allah SWT. Use the chance to do even more good deeds and doing things with the intention to please Allah SWT. We should remember death more often to hold ourselves from committing the sins.
9. Speak Only Good Things About Them
Do not speak ill of the dead even though you hate them. If you can’t speak good things about them, it’s better for you to remain quiet. Don’t spread gossip that may cause hurt to them in the grave. [AdSense-C]
10. Don’t Let the Sadness Linger for Too Long
It’s okay to be sad and cry when our loved ones dead. But we must not be sad for a long period of time. It makes their way to the Hereafter even more difficult as the sadness of the living become a huge burden for them.
What To Do When Our Loved Ones Passed Away
- Recite Quran in the name of the death person as they can no longer doing good deeds on their own.
- Ask forgiveness from Allah SWT on their behalf.
- Carry out all their wills and promises which they hasn’t done yet.
- Be good to their friends and attend all the events where they are invited or should be attended.
- Pay for the fidya (expiatory payments) when the dead missed out Shalat or fast due to their illness.
So those are the ways how to accept death in Islam so that we won’t be sad for a long time. The longer we sad because, the more the death will be in pain. Let’s all move on and doing many good deeds in behalf of our loved ones who has left the world and our side.
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At almost two billion members and growing, Islam is, by some measures, the fastest-growing religion in the world.  X Research source Unique among the world’s religions in the ease with which new members may join its ranks, Islam requires only a simple, sincere declaration of faith to become a Muslim. The declaration is not to be made lightly, however — devoting oneself to a life guided by Islamic principles is the most important act you’ll ever make.
You should know that accepting Islam deletes all sins which come before it. As a new convert, your record is clean; it’s similar to a literal rebirth. One should strive to keep this record clean and strive to do as many good deeds as possible.
Please note Islam does not advocate killing; in most religions, killing is a major sin. Extreme practices such as these are not advised. Islam does have a dress code that places an emphasis on modesty, which all Muslims are required to follow.
What are the conditions of du’aa’ so that the du’aa’ will be answered and accepted by Allaah?.
Praise be to Allah.
There are many conditions of du’aa’, including the following:
1 – You should call upon no one except Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If you ask, then ask of Allaah, and if you seek help, then seek the help of Allaah.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2516; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’.
This is what is meant by the verse (interpretation of the meaning):
“And the mosques are for Allaah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah”
This is the most important condition of du’aa’, without which no du’aa’ will be accepted and no good deed taken up. There are some people who make du’aa’ to the dead and regard them as intermediaries between them and Allaah. They claim that these righteous people will bring them closer to Allaah and intercede for them with Him, and they claim that their sins are so great that they have no status before Allaah, and that is why they set up these intermediaries and pray to them instead of Allaah. But Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor)”
2 – You should seek to draw close to Allaah in one of the ways that are prescribed in sharee’ah.
3 – You should avoid seeking a quick response, for this is one of the problems that may prevent the du’aa’ from being accepted. In the hadeeth it says: “One of you may be answered so long as he is not hasty and says, ‘I said du’aa’ but I got no response.’” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6340; Muslim, 2735.
In Saheeh Muslim (2736) it says: “A man’s (du’aa’s) may be answered so long as it does not involve sin or severing the ties of kinship or hastening.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what does hastening mean?” He said: “When he says, ‘I made du’aa’ and I made du’aa’ but I did not see any response,’ so he gets discouraged and stops making du’aa’.”
4 – The du’aa’ should not involve sin or severing of the ties of kinship, as stated in the hadeeth quoted above: “A man’s (du’aa’s) may be answered so long as he does not involve sin or severing the ties of kinship …”
5 – You should think positively of Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah, may He be exalted, says: ‘I am as My slave thinks I am.’” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7405; Muslim, 4675. According to the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “Make du’aa’ to Allaah when you are certain of a response.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 245.
Whoever thinks well of his Lord, Allaah will bestow His bounty upon him and give him in abundance.
6 – You should be focused, aware of the greatness of the One upon Whom you are calling. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Know that Allaah does not answer a du’aa from a distracted heart.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3479; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 245.
7 – Ensuring that one’s food comes from good (halaal) sources. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, Allaah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated that a response was unlikely for one who eats, drinks and wears haraam things. In the hadeeth it says: [The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)] mentioned the man who undertakes a lengthy journey and is disheveled and covered with dust, and he stretches his hands towards heaven saying, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ when his food is haraam, his drink is haraam, his clothes are haraam. He is nourished with haraam, so how can he be granted a response?
Narrated by Muslim, 1015.
Ibn al-Qayyim said: Thus eating haraam things saps the strength of the du’aa’ and weakens it.
8 – You should avoid aggression in du’aa’, for Allaah does not like aggression in du’aa’. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors”
See also question no. 41017.
9 – You should not let du’aa’ distract you from an obligatory duty such as an obligatory prayer that is now due, and you should not neglect parents’ rights on the basis of du’aa’. This is indicated by the story of Jurayj, when he did not answer his mother’s call and turned instead to his prayer. She prayed against him and Allaah tested him sorely.
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The scholars said: This indicates that what he should have done is to answer her, because he was offering a supererogatory (naafil prayer), continuation of which was voluntary, not obligatory, whereas answering his mother and honouring her was obligatory and disobeying her was haraam.
Saheeh Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi, 16/82.
For more information see Kitaab al-Du’aa’ by Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem al-Hamad.
In present times, one of the greatest allegations that Islam as a religion in general and the Muslims in particular face is the coercion involved in converting people to Islam. The misconception about Islam is that it is a religion that allows or rather commends its followers to use force as a means of making people convert to Islam. This is a serious misconception and Islam in its preaching does not imply any use of force for converting people to Islam.
Islam is a religion of peace and it encourages its followers to be peaceful and live in harmony with one another as well as with people of other faith. The allegation that all the Islam that has spread is due to force or whatever expansion that is taking place is courtesy of the use of force is wrong. Islam does not encourage any such notion and wants its followers to be peaceful and spread Islam in the most moderate and thoughtful way possible. The lines below discuss the way in which Quran condemns the use of force when it comes to spreading the religion and making others accept Islam.
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth for all mankind; so whoever follows the right way, it is for his own soul and whoever errs, he errs only to its detriment; and you are not a custodian over them.” (39:41)
From this ayah of Quran it is clear that Allah Almighty has sent the truth down in the form of Islam and the Book Quran, therefore, finding the truth and seeking guidance rests upon the person and it is not the duty of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to make people accept Islam. The message is clear from this ayah that those who wish to find guidance will come to Islam and those who do not do so, they are free to not do so. Prophet (PBUH) is only responsible for the ones who accept Islam and who want to walk on the path of righteousness, those who do not wish to do so are not His responsibility or in other words those who wish to accept Islam at present are free to do so and Muslims are not accountable for their disbelief. Therefore, if such is the message then one cannot possibly assume that Islam forces its followers to use coercion as a means of spreading Islam.
People argue that the need behind the spread of Islam is that Muslims could rule the world and force upon others their Islamic way of living life. In Muslim belief Allah is the Supreme and He can do whatever He wants, therefore, the idea that Allah wants the spread of Islam through force is wrong because if He wanted people to be Muslim they would be Muslim, as He says in Quran:
“And if your Sustainer had pleased, surely all those who are in the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers?” (10:99)
This ayah is a simple and straight justification behind the futility of use of force pertaining to spread of religion in Islam. In this ayah Allah Almighty clearly states that if He willed, all the people in the world would have been Muslims, therefore, there is no need of forcing people in becoming believers. Ergo, a person must understand that Allah wants people to come towards truth with understanding and out of willingness and not by force. Believing in the religion and its constituent from the heart is as important as proclaiming it from the tongue in Islam, therefore, a forceful proclamation of Islam from the tongue holds no value in Islam if the religion is not believed in it from the heart. Ergo, force cannot cause a person to change his or her heart about Islam therefore, it is not encouraged means of propagation of Islam.
As far as fighting the non-believers, overpowering them and then forcing them to convert to Islam is concerned, Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“Allah does not forbid you (O you who believe!) from being kind and just to those who have not waged war against you because of your religion and have not driven you out of your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are just. He only forbids you from making friends with those who have waged war against you because of your religion, have drive you out of your homes, and have supported others in driving you out. And whoever makes friends with them, these are the wrongdoers.” (60:8-9)
This ayah gives the justification for the use of force by Muslims against the non-believers. The use of force is not conditioned to the spread of religion, rather it is conditioned to the fact that those who harm the religion or those who aid in inflicting harm to Islam should be the ones who must be dealt with force. Otherwise, those who do not cause any harm to Islam or to Muslims should be dealt with kindness and justice. Therefore, there is no rationale behind the use of force as a means of spreading the religion in Islam and it is all but a false propagation.
Moreover, as far as the means of spreading the religion is concerned, Islam commends the use of moderation and reasoning so that people could be convinced and not forced to Islam. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“Call (O Muhammad!) to the way of your Lord with Wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the best manner; surely your Lord best knows those who go astray from His path, and He best knows those who follow the right way.” (16:125)
From the ayah it is clear that when it comes to preaching of religion and getting other people to embrace Islam, the proposed way is of reasoning and with good argumentation. Therefore, it seems illogical to presume that a religion that has its bases in good reasoning and best manner would encourage something like the use of force for making other people accept Islam.
In a nutshell, the use of force or any means of coercion for making people accept Islam is not encouraged in Quran or hadith. The best thing that a Muslim can do to preach Islam is to preach it with wisdom in argumentation and by incorporating the Islamic values in one’s character, afterwards it rests upon the person whether he or she believes in Islam or not. There is no room for compulsion of any sort.
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The First People to Accept Islam
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Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received nubuwwah (prophethood) on a Monday, and he was around forty years old at the time. After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was made the Nabi and prophet of Allah Ta‘ala, the first thing that the angel, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), taught him, was to perform wudhu and salaah.
Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) stamped his heel on the ground, and this made a spring of water start to flow. He then made wudhu to show Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) how to make wudhu. After he finished, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also made wudhu. Thereafter, they performed two rakaats of salaah, with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) following Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam). In this manner, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) learnt how to perform salaah.
Thereafter, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned home where his beloved wife, Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) accepted Islam. After she accepted Islam, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught her how to make wudhu and perform salaah.
That evening, while they were performing salaah together, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was a young boy, came and saw what they were doing. He was surprised, because he had never seen someone performing salaah before. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then gave him da’wah and invited him to become a Muslim and worship one Allah alone. Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) told Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he wanted to think about it before he decided.
The next day, which was Tuesday, he came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. After him, the freed slave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), also came and accepted Islam.
The Ulama explain that the first woman to accept Islam was Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). The first child to accept Islam was Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The first slave to accept Islam was Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and the first man to accept Islam was Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).
Insha-Allah, we will next learn the story of how Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam.
I want to be a Muslim but I do not want to be circumcised.
Prophet Muhammad said that every child was born in a state of fitrah, with the correct understanding of God. and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad tell us that the conditions related to fitrah (the natural state of being) are five.
“Five things are part of the fitrah: shaving the pubic hair, circumcision, trimming the moustache, plucking the armpit hairs, and cutting the nails”. This is believed to be the ancient way, the natural way, followed by all of the Prophets, and enjoined on the believers by the laws that they brought.
The majority of Islamic scholars agree that circumcision is obligatory for men providing they do not fear that it may harm them. When assessing the degree of harm a man must look to the Quran and the authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad for guidance. If a man is not able to be circumcised due to fear of injury or any other valid reason that may make his life miserable, the obligation is waived. It is not permissible for the issue to become a barrier that prevents a man from accepting Islam. In other words, it is not a condition for becoming a Muslim. Also, it does not prevent a man from leading the prayers.
There is no requirement for female circumcision in Islam.
Question: I want to be a Muslim but I am white.
Islam is the religion that was revealed for all people, in all places, at all times. It was not revealed for a particular race or ethnicity. It is a complete way of life based on the teachings found in the Quran and the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad. Although the Quran was revealed in the Arabic language and Prophet Muhammad was an Arab, it would be wrong to assume that all Muslims are Arabs, or for that matter, that all Arabs are Muslim. In fact the vast majority of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims are not Arabs.
There are no racial or ethnic requirements for one to be a Muslim. In his final sermon Prophet Muhammad reiterated this fact very succinctly.
“All humankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab and a non-Arab has no superiority over an Arab; a white person has no superiority over black person nor does a black person have superiority over a white person, except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
“O humankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another.” (Quran 49:13)
Question: I want to be a Muslim but I do not know anything about Islam.
There is no need to know a lot about Islam to become a Muslim. It is enough to know the meaning of testimony and the six pillars of faith. Once a person has embraced Islam, there is time for him to learn about his religion. There is no need to rush and be overwhelmed. Take things slowly, but steadily move forward at your own pace. There is time to understand the inspirational beauty and ease of Islam, and to learn about all the prophets and messengers of Islam including the last prophet, Muhammad. A Muslim never stops learning; it is a process that will continue until death.
Prophet Muhammad said, “The believer will never have enough of listening to good things (seeking knowledge) until he reaches Paradise.”
Question: I want to be a Muslim but I have committed too many sins.
When a person says the testimony of faith (Shahada), I testify that there is no god but God and I testify that Muhammad is His messenger, he becomes like a new born baby. All his previous sins, no matter how great or small are washed away. The slate is clean, free from sin, shiny and white; this is a new beginning.
“Say to those who have disbelieved that if they cease, what has previously occurred will be forgiven for them…” (Quran 8:38)
There is no compulsion for anyone to accept the truth of Islam. However if your heart tells you there is only One God, do not hesitate.
“There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in evil and believes in God, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And God is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” (Quran 2:256)
 Saheeh Muslim
 Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim
 AS-Shawkaani, Nayl al-Awtaar, Baab Sunan al-Fitrah
 Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/115, Al-Ijaabaat ‘ala As’ilah al-Jaaliyaaat, 1/3,4
 The text of the Farewell Sermon can be found in Saheeh Al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim, and in the books of At Tirmidhi and Imam Ahmad.
 At Tirmidhi
As the LGBT issues raise the awareness of equality, Islam remains opposed it. Even though many countries have allowed same sex marriage officially, Islam views gay as an prohibited act, directly from Allah SWT. Gay is nothing new to Islam history, since long ago before LGBT issues become a hot topic, Islam’s Prophet, Loot, lived among homosexual people. And the result for those who did the prohibited thing was severe: they were demolished in one night, along with the place the live in.
Clearly, becoming a gay is not something right for Muslim. To go back on the right track, one has to find the best ways on how to cure being gay in Islam. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth to try because Allah loves those who repent and coming back.
1. Seek Forgiveness from Allah SWT
Being gay is one big sins a Muslim can ever do, so that he must seek forgiveness of what he has done wrong. The only on who deserve the apology is none other than Allah SWT. As He has given us Muslim a lot of blessing, it’s shameful that someone still violated the rules He has created.
2. Repent from the Sins
Forgiveness is not enough. There are more to do: repent from all the sins. Repent means truly regret the wrongful action you did in the past and promise that you will never do such thing again at all cost. The sincere apology to Allah SWT for committing sins is when they repent from the sins they have done.
3. Leave All the Bad Companies
Choosing good companies is very important in Islam. With whom you hang around with define who you are and what kind of person you might become. Leave all the bad companies and friends who played part in someone being gay. If the surrounding encourages, then someone could turn easily into gay, even when he has no intention in the first place.
4. Surround Yourself with People with Better Imaan
It’s better to surround ourselves with good people, especially scholars and other person who has the better imaan than us. They will encourages us to go on the right track and remind us whenever we are about to commit sins.
5. Move to a Healthier Place
If your current place affects you for being gay, then the best choice is to move and find another one. The circumstances you lived in helps define who you are. If you are living among the bad ones, so you can be someone that bad as well.
More Ways on How to Cure Being Gay in Islam
Here are the more ways on how to cure being gay in Islam for Muslim
- Recite the Quran daily as it is the guidance from Allah SWT for all Muslims.
- Understand the meaning of the Quran to feel the blessed and mercy from Allah SWT.
- Do as many good deeds as possible such as doing charity and everything that pleased Allah SWT.
- Understand more about Islam by seeking knowledge about Islam.
- As the family to give the full love and support to go through the hard times and to help you to become a better person who walk on the rightful ways of Islam.
- Avoid triggering circumstances such as meeting old friends who played part to turn you into gay or revisit the old places where it all began.
- The original fate of a man is to be together with a woman, as written is the Holy Quran that human are created in pair.
Punishment for Being Gay in Islam
1. To be Executed
“Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.” – Tirmidhi
2. Cursed by Allah SWT
Whoever cause the rage of Allah SWT, will not even smell Jannah. As Ahmad narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“May Allaah curse the one who does the action of the people of Loot, may Allaah curse the one who does the action of the people of Loot,” three times.
3. Severe Punishment Than Adultery
According to several Muslim scholars, including Abu Bakr As Shiddiq, ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib, Khalid ibn al Walid, ‘Abdulah ibn al Zubayr, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbaas, Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, and Imam Ahmad, gay is one of the biggest a Muslim could have ever done, so that the punishment should be a lot severe than those who commit adultery. And for all cases, the punishment is execution regardless of the marital status.
4. Exiled from the Society
Even though homosexuality has now been legally accepted in some of Western countries, Muslim countries still strongly opposed homosexuality. In the past, the punishment is usually physical, but in Muslim country a gay will be exiled by the society and treated as a severe illness.
5. Punished with a Severe Disaster
The most severe and disastrous punishment from gay was what happened to the people of Prophet Loot. It was the combination of Allah’s SWT rage to those people that He destroyed them only in one night. However it was an example of what could have happened to a gay.
So those are the righteous ways on how to cure being gay in Islam. No matter how years has passed and ages has changed, Islam never accept homosexuality and it has been written in the Holy Quran.
For many years American Missiologists have known that culture plays an important part in Christian Witness. It is often taught that there are three different methods of evangelism based upon culture. They can be identified as follows:
E-1 Evangelism with people of the same culture, language and background for example: an American witnessing to another American.
E-2 Evangelism with people of a similar culture, for example: an American witnessing to a Frenchman.
E-3 Evangelism with people from a completely different culture, language and background for example: an American witnessing to an animist from the jungles of Africa.
Different methods are required in the three different categories. It is no wonder that many Americans make some mistakes when trying to witness to Muslims since generally this form of witness fits within the third group. Islam is not only a religion but it is also a culture and a way of life. Americans who have learned western methods will often make mistakes in their witness to those of the Islamic faith. Here are three mistakes commonly made when attempting to be a witness to a Muslim.
1. Not understanding the seriousness of religion in an Islamic context
For most in the western world a decision to follow Jesus Christ is very serious indeed, but if the person says yes it will have an only a limited effect on the persons immediate circumstances. Not so with a Muslim. The Koran teaches very strongly that any Muslim who converts to another religion, whether it is Christianity or some other belief system is guilty of apostasy and must be put to death. This is carried out in all Islamic Republics but since those living in the west cannot kill a person for switching religions the friends and family will use other very harsh means to keep the person a Muslim. This will include kidnapping and imprisonment, beatings, and total exclusion from the family.
Even approaching a person with the gospel puts the person into a very difficult position. They fear what others will say if they speak with a Christian and they also fear for their soul since they have been taught from birth that to become a Christian will send them to the sixth level of hell. (The seventh being the worst)
The Christian who witnesses must realize how serious a matter this is for the Muslim and their family. In witnessing to a Muslim you must be aware that the person you are working with, if they accept Christ, will probably be persecuted and could even be killed. Many Americans simply do not realize how serious a change in religion can be in a Muslim context.
2. Not being willing to take on the responsibility of discipling a convert from Islam
Once in Germany I spoke to a young man from the Middle East who lived in Nuremburg, Germany, about his newfound faith in Jesus. He told me of his decision but was disappointed with the care and love given to him by the church. I invited him to come to Salzburg, Austria where I lived and I would get him a job, an automobile, an apartment and offer him great fellowship in our youth center. He came and I provided what I had promised. I was proud of my effort and felt that I was finished. I told him to come to the youth center on Friday and Saturday nights and the church on Sundays. In about two months he came and told me how disappointed he was in me. I was shocked because I had done much for him but he said that he came expecting me to be his Guru (teacher). He wanted to follow me around everywhere I went. I was not willing for him to do this.
For a Muslim his family and community provides each member with their health insurance, their job, their food, their fellowship, their mate, and practically everything else of importance in life. When we win a Muslim to Christianity then we need to be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice in the disciplining process. They need much more of our time and love because we have torn them from their support system and we must find a way to make this up. Many Americans are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices that are called for.
In 1990 I went to a very important conference for the top people working in Muslim Evangelism in the world. One of the discussions was about the number of Muslims who converted to Christianity that stayed true to Jesus Christ. The consensus was that 80% of those who converted reconverted to Islam, the reason being that we did not take the necessary time to help disciple them so as to give them a good foundation in the faith. I am glad to say however that recently we have seen some dynamic changes and many more are now remaining in their new faith and they are even forming churches made up mostly of those who have come out of Islam.
3. Not knowing anything about Islam
A typical Muslim will know more about Christianity than a Christian will know about Islam. Just as Christians are taught how to witness to others, many Muslims are being taught how to refute the Christians arguments thus making our witness ineffective. Once there was a well-publicized open debate between the American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and a famous Muslim scholar Dr. Ahmed Deedat. Swaggart apparently did not see the need to learn about Islam and just came with numerous quotes from the Bible. Deedat then replied by listing a large number of very important liberal Christian scholars that stated that the Bible could not be trusted and that most of it was not historical. Swaggart lost the debate and the Muslims still sell the videotape of the debate in their bookstores to show Muslims how to be ready for Christians who want to witness to them.
The more one builds up their knowledge of Islam the better the Christian can build good ideological bridges so as to find a good way to approach the Muslim. One very successful method is called the “Camel Method”. In Islam the Muslims believe that there are 99 names of God known to man but in heaven there are 100, but the only creature on earth that knows the last name of God is the camel thus the upturned lips of the camel that resembles a smile. This method of witness helps with the building of a bridge by saying to a Muslim. “We know the 100th Name of God, it is Jesus Christ”. It builds upon what they know but takes them further on their road to belief in Jesus Christ.
Christians should not be afraid of witnessing to Muslims but rather should aggressively search out Muslims to talk with. The most important part of witness to Muslims is being led by the Holy Spirit. He will show you how best to approach the Muslim. I might add that the most effective means of helping a Muslim find Jesus Christ is still love. One Islamic leader stated at a large conference of Muslim clerics recently “Do not allow your people to have close contact with Christians because if you do the Christians will love your people into their faith.” This is still true today.
Zakāt is giving a fixed portion of accumulated wealth by those who can afford it to help the poor or needy, and also to assist the spread of Islam. It is considered a religious obligation (as opposed to voluntary charity) that the well-off owe to the needy because their wealth is seen as a “trust from Allah’s bounty”. The Qur’an and the hadith also suggest a Muslim give even more as an act of voluntary alms-giving ( ṣadaqah ).
Fasting, from food and drink (among other things) must be performed from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadhan. The fast is to encourage a feeling of nearness to Allah, and during it Muslims should express their gratitude for and dependence on him, atone for their past sins, and think of the needy. Sawm is not obligatory for several groups for whom it would constitute an undue burden. For others, flexibility is allowed depending on circumstances, but missed fasts usually must be made up quickly.
5, The Pilgrimage:
The pilgrimage, called the ḥajj during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the city of Mecca. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime. Rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba, touching the black stone if possible, walking or running seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina.