Compulsion in religion

Compulsion in religion

Practices of Islam
Persecution of non-believers seems to be prescribed to pressure them to convert. Surah 9:29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya (special tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. Sahih Muslim Book 1, Number 0032: Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: Allah’s Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) said: I have been commanded that I should fight against people till they declare that there is no god but Allah, and when they profess it that there is no god but Allah, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection on my behalf except where it is justified by…
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Revenge in Islam

Practices of Islam
Although the Quran encourages you to forgive your enemies, it is all right to execute revenge. 016.126PICKTHAL: If ye punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith ye were afflicted. But if ye endure patiently, verily it is better for the patient. 002.194PICKTHAL: The forbidden month for the forbidden month, and forbidden things in retaliation. And one who attacketh you, attack him in like manner as he attacked you. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is with those who ward off (evil). The Bible teaches very different with regards to revenge. We are to leave justice to the courts of law and to God. Personal revenge is strictly not allowed. (Lev 19:18 NIV)  “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people,…
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Forbidden foods (Haram)

Forbidden foods (Haram)

Practices of Islam
A Muslim considers such food “haram” (or prohibited). Anything else is “halal” (or permitted). Surah 5:3. Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah. That which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety….  But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. We can point out to our…
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Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Practices of Islam
Pilgrims from all parts of the world converge on Mecca. In recent years this has amounted to far more than 1.5 million people annually. Conversation pointer: Have you or your family members gone to Hajj? Do you plan to go the Hajj? What does the Hajj accomplish? Is it true that Islam allows a person to perform the Hajj on behalf of someone else? Hajj cannot be accomplished by most people Every Muslim is obliged to do it. Yet this requirement cannot be met due to the constraints of Mecca. Hajj by proxy Muslims cannot understand why Christians believe that Jesus died to pay for the penalty of our sins. According to them, salvation is a personal effort. There is nothing another person can do to result in our salvation.…
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Giving (Zakat)

Practices of Islam
Giving or zakat is one of the pillars of Islam. It is founded upon this vers​e in the Quran. Surah 2:83. And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship none but Allah. treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practice regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now). Dialog: Christians can share with their Muslim friends that giving is also prescribed in the Bible. Leviticus 27:30 (NIV) “‘A tithe (i.e. tenth) of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
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Fasting (Saum)

Practices of Islam
Muslims fast thirty days during the month of Ramadan. This is in accordance with this teaching in the Quran. 002.183 – 184 PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil);  (Fast) a certain number of days; and (for) him who is sick among you, or on a journey, (the same) number of other days; and for those who can afford it there is a ransom: the feeding of a man in need – but whoso doeth good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that ye fast is better for you if ye did but know – Dialog: Christians can also share with their Muslim friends that fasting is also…
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Prayer (Salat)

Prayer (Salat)

Practices of Islam
Prayer is the second of the five pillars of Islam and follows clearly spelt-out guidelines. Christian prayers are more spontaneous. We can share with our Muslim friends how we pray and how it is different from them. Number of times of obligatory prayer Every Muslim is required to pray at least five times a day. The prayers have to be made at stated times. Surah 4:103. When ye pass (Congregational) prayers, celebrate Allah’s praises, standing, sitting down, or lying down on your sides; but when ye are free from danger, set up Regular Prayers: For such prayers are enjoined on believers at stated times. The five daily prayers are: FAJR               between dawn and sunrise ZUHR              between midday and mid-afternoon ASR                 between mid-afternoon and sunset MAGHRIB      just after sunset ISHA               between…
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Delcaration of Faith (Shahadah)

Delcaration of Faith (Shahadah)

Practices of Islam
Shahadah is a declaration of faith and trust that professes that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is God’s messenger. This is normally recited in Arabic: ‘La ‘ilea-ha ‘IL-all-laa-hu mu-ham-ma-door Ra-soo-lul-laah “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.” Reciting this statement in the presence of two witnesses seals the fact that you are a Muslim and there may be penalties in some countries if you want to leave the faith.
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Muslim Conversation – Practices of Islam

Muslim Conversation – Practices of Islam

Conversations with Muslims
Five pillars of Islam Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 7: Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles): 1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle. 2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly. 3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) . 4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca) 5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan. Declaration of Faith (Shahadah)​Prayer (Salat)Fasting (Saum)Giving (Zakat)Pilgrimage (Hajj) Other practices of Islam Forbidden foodsRevengeCompulsion in Religion
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Muslim Conversation – Concept of God

Conversations with Muslims
Worshipping only one God A person becomes a Muslim by reciting and meaning these words: There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah. Muslims think that Christians worship three gods. There is a denial of the doctrine of trinity in the Quran, which equates the doctrine with three gods. Surah 5:73. They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no God except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Surah 5:116. And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah.?” He will say: “Glory to…
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