by Brother Mustafaa Muhammad
In the Name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful
Recently, On a fairly mild cold day, I went to visit the church of my birth with my family. Now this isn't anything interesting, because millions attend church every Sunday throughout America and the world. What made this return interesting is that I went as a Muslim post 9/11. Many, due to media conditioning or their own ignorance, assume that Muslims have an innate dislike for Christians or Jesus.
Many were surprised that I appeared in Church to congregate with members of a different faith. But I am always on the move and desirous of promoting ISLAM to the best of my ability whether through my direct actions or my speech. I attended the pre-church and discussion. Of course I had to pass on the breakfast Sausage(pork)to maintain my health. In the discussion, I used my knowledge of The Bible and The teachings of Jesus as they relate to the universal principles of ISLAM. I showed them the commonness that we do have(One God, Truth, prayer, good deeds) despite some doctrinal differences over the person of Jesus(May peace be upon him). There was an unspoken "awe' that this Muslim knows the Bible very well.
Through the teachings and example of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan I have developed a universal-ecumenical view of the worlds religions and the people of God. I am very grounded in ISLAM and 100% convinced of its correctness, however I see the truth in the teachings of all the prophets and make no distinction between any. As Minister Farrakhan said recently at Saviours' Day 2007, "If Jesus and Muhammad were on this stage they would embrace." If these two men of God can embrace then why can't the "Followers" as a whole embrace in true love. Of course the devout Christian might say, "Well if you don't accept the blood of Jesus you are doomed to hellfire my friend." the devout Muslim might respond like, "Well if you reject the last Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) and the Qur'an then you are doomed to hell fire."
If there is a hellfire will billions of people enter it because of differences in theology? It is this supposed religious bigotry that we are better that keeps us from loving each other as brothers and sisters.
This world is fastly descending into hellish conditions which are plaguing our families and communities and all we can do in such times is argue one to the other. Makes you wonder why some have just thrown their hands up and given up on religious people and church in general.
In conclusion, The Minister Farrakhan said this world is in trouble because the religious people(Muslims, Christians and Jews) who have the light have put it behind their backs and shut there mouths.
My fellow believers in God, despite your affiliation, open your mouth and let your light shine forth.
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