Appalled By Your Depiction of Islam - 04/30/2003

To Whom It May Concern:

I am appalled by what your website is depicting on Islam. Who ever wrote those things about Islam is not true and you will be punished on the day of judgment. Moreover, who ever wrote those things are not educated and basically ignorant. I believe that you need to go back to school and learn more about Islam before putting things in writing and not having a clue about what you are talking about. One, Allah means god in Arabic if you are Christian and speak Arabic that is how you would say god (Allah). Two, Jihad means a struggle not holy war. The Christians are the ones who invented the word holy war. Moreover, isnít that a contradictory there is nothing holy about war is there? I donít have a degree but, I have common sense and I think that you people should be ashamed of yourselves trying to mislead people about Islam and other religions to suit your agendas.

Peace be with you





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Greetings Mervat, and thanks for contacting Contender Ministries. We value your feedback, no matter how many personal insults with which you lace it.

I do speak, read, and write Arabic. I know that "allah" is the Arabic word for God. However, the teachings of Mohammad show that the god of Islam is not the one, true God of the Bible. Therefore, we do not translate the word "Allah" as being synonymous with Almighty God. Allah, as a noun, means "god." Allah, as a proper noun, is considered to be the god of Islam.

The definition of jihad is "combat, struggle." That definition can be found on our website on the page entitled, What is Jihad. If you have thoroughly read our section on Islam, you'll see that we indicate the two levels of jihad in Islamic teaching. Greater Jihad refers to the inner struggle for sanctity. Lesser Jihad is the physical fight against the infidels. Quite frankly, I agree that the term "Holy War" is a misnomer, as there is nothing holy about it. However, substituting the phrase "a war fought based on religious instruction" can be a mouthful. Muslim clerics throughout the world are encouraging lesser jihad against the infidel West and against Israel. I concede that not ALL Muslim clerics do so, but the number of them are significant enough to know it is not an isolated incident. They are following the call of the Qur'an and the Hadiths (for verification of this, see the webpage above, as well as http://contenderministries.org/islam/jihadinquran.php. Just as the Crusades were awful, so too is the current call for jihad.

If you have specific examples of falsehoods on our website, please let us know what they are, and provide some reference we can use to check what you say. If we find anything on our website that is untrue, I assure you it will be removed. Our "agenda" to which you referred in your email is simply this -- the salvation of mankind. We have all sinned against the one true God. He offers us a GIFT of eternal life, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Only through Jesus can anyone find eternal life in Heaven. We want that for you and for all people on earth. That is our agenda. That is why Christians evangelize. Not all roads lead to Rome, and not all paths lead to God. The Bible shows the one path to salvation, and we've included it here: http://www.contenderministries.org/romanroad.php. May God bless you and illuminate the truth to you.

With Love in Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries