Last weekend the mission team spent the weekend studying Islam with Dr. Evertt Huffard, a prof. and Dean at Harding Grad School in Memphis TN. He grew up among the Palestinians in Israel and later earned a Ph.D. in Islam. The focus of the weekend was to answer one question: “What can we learn from the history of the Muslim-Christian encounter?” This is important to us because our team will be working with a people steeped in folk Islam. Below are two mosques built by such people.
Unfortunately the WEST has continued to repeat the same mistakes when encountering Muslims. One of our worst mistakes is that we have demonized their religion and portrayed Muhammad disrespectfully; interestinigly Muhammad is much like King David: a warrior, a poet, and a religious hero. Certain books have been especially unhelpful (eg. Unveling Islam) along with horrible media presentation. Nonie Darwish’s movie Obsession has not helped either (she actually came to speak at Harding last month). The messages we download from the world are filled with a spirit of fear and hatred–Chrisitans ought never receive such messages. History has demonstrated we will not fulfill our commission to people we hate and fear. We would do well to meet some Muslims.