Confronting the Hired Muslim Missionaries
by Louis Palme : Dec 27, 2013 : 1 Comment
More and more in the United States, we are seeing hired Muslim missionaries stationed in shopping malls and in front of libraries and coffee houses. These are not just some local Muslims who are handing out free Qurans or reaching out to their own community to improve understanding and social harmony. Most of us would have no problem with people of any religion sharing their faith or trying to build two-way bridges of friendship and cooperation in the community.
No, the professional “dawah” missionaries are quite different. They are highly trained, and they work for wages. They are strangers in the community. They deliberately distinguish themselves from the local community in their dress and appearance. And they use deceptive tactics and coat-tail on Christian beliefs to sell their Islamic ideology to an unsuspecting audience.
One such organization which is being seen in Southern California lately is called “Mercy4ManKind.” This organization is endorsed by the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), and they claim to be the largest Muslim missionary organization in America. However, even their name is deceptive. “Mercy for mankind” is derived from the description of Muhammad in Surah 21:107, but these missionaries aren’t talking about Muhammad. Instead, their message is “I Y Jesus,” and they are pushing this slogan, particularly during the Christmas holiday season. (Dawah is the Muslim missionary effort to “revert” non-Muslims back to the true faith of their birth – i.e., Islam.)
The truth of the matter is that Muslims consider Jesus to be merely a “Messenger,” (Surah 5:75) and he is included in the Quran in lists of Biblical figures along with such people as Lot and Ishmael (Surah 6:85-6). The three central tenants of Christian faith are denied by the Quran, namely, that Jesus is the Son of God (Surah 19:35), that He died on the cross (Surah 4:157), and that he rose from death (Surah 4:158). Depending on which translation is used, the Quran in Surah 9:30-31 calls on Allah to curse (Ali), confound (Dawood), or destroy (Shakir) the Jews and Christians. Furthermore, Muslims are ordered not to make friends with Jews or Christians in Surah 5:51. Coat-tailing on the name of Jesus to promote Islam is deceitful and insulting to knowledgeable Christians.
Another troubling aspect of the Mercy4ManKind missionaries is that they appear to be modeling themselves after extremist Muslims who have been charged with terrorist crimes in the United States. The missionary [in the photo in the article] looks very much like Kalid Sheikh Muhammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11/01 attack on New York and Washington, D.C., as well as Nidal Hasan, the “Soldier of Allah” charged with the massacre of 13 soldiers and civilians and the injury of another 32 at Fort Hood in 2009. About half of the suspects on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists also wear full beards and thobes.
The female dawah missionaries may also be modeling themselves after extremists. The lady pictured [in the picture in the article] doesn’t look much different from the “White Widow,” Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the 2005 London suicide bombers and a fugitive in connection with organizing the September, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya, Westgate shopping mall attack that left 67 dead and 200 injured. . . . Women missionaries who model themselves after Islamic terrorists are equally suspect.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council recently released a “Declaration against Extremism” (See: http://www.mpac.org/assets/docs/2013/MPAC-Declaration-Against-Extremism.pdf ) which condemns, among other things, emphasis on outward appearances, holding insular attitudes, and subjecting women to inferior status. The Declaration calls on the community to take a unified and unequivocal stand against outward symbols of piety being used as a measure of an individual’s righteousness and adherence to Islam and to uphold women’s God-given equal opportunity in society, rejecting the subjugation of women under any circumstances. Mercy4ManKind’s dawah approach is a glaring example of condemned type of Islamic extremism in our midst. [It is also Islamese, which sounds good, but can easily be debunked by the Qur’an’s own words.]
SHOULD THE COMMUNITY REJECT MUSLIM EXTREMISTS?
The U.S. government and local law enforcement have encouraged citizens, “See something, say something.” This advice doesn’t apply just to criminal behavior. Muslims who are apparently modeling themselves after Islamic terrorists and who are condemned by the Muslim community [well, they aren’t, really; da’wah in any form is jihad. No Muslim community will condemn jihad] itself need to feel rejected by the community.
Recently, when a Christian criticized a Muslim missionary regarding the misuse of the name of Jesus, he countered, “Is that what Jesus would do?” Actually, yes. Jesus warned about False Prophets. He said, “Be on your guard against False Prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. You will know them by what they do. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know False Prophets by what they do.” (Matthew 7:15-20.) Also, Jesus threw out the sellers of sacrificial animals who were exploiting the pilgrims right inside the Temple (John 2:13-16).
Christians are taught to be “contenders” for their faith: “For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, persons who distort the message about the grace of our God in order to excuse their immoral ways, and who reject Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3) But Christian opposition should not be violent or militant: “Then we shall no longer be blown about . . by the teaching of deceitful men, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent. Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up . . in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15.)
ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS
The professional Muslim missionaries are well-trained, and they have learned many tricks and tactics to disarm and confuse their critics. They will dispute any English translation of the Qur’an that contains unfavorable texts; they will argue that people who don’t speak Arabic cannot possibly understand or comment on the Quran; they will respond to questions with other questions or by changing the subject, and they will make tu quoque (you also) arguments about Biblical figures or so-called “Christians” in history – saying they were just as evil as Muhammad. Don’t go there. Eighty percent of Muslims cannot understand the Arabic in the Qur’an, and the evils occurring or condoned today cannot be compared with examples from long-past history. Muslims today still consider Muhammad to be “a beautiful pattern of conduct” per Surah 33:21. Use the English Qur’an the missionaries are handing out along with the following additional information to expose their deceit.
[There is considerably more at the url above . . . .]