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God has no Wife

Like Muslims, Christians do not believe that God married and had a son. The title ‘Son of God’, given to Hazoor Isa, does draw common misunderstandings. What is the meaning of this title?

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The Bible is changed - Really?

It is supposed by many Muslims that the Bible that Christians have today is a corruption of an original text that has been lost. They charge Christians with distorting the Bible. Yet, on the other hand, their holy book, the Qur’an, upholds the same Bible, calling it the word of God.

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The Great Sacrifice

Every Muslim in the world celebrates the festival of Eid al-adha with great feeling. This festival is celebrated in memory of the sacrifice that Hazrat Ibrahim offered. A Muslim knows that God put Hazrat Ibrahim to the test by asking him to sacrifice his son and at the right moment God provided a ram. The Qur’an does not state whether that son was Ishmael or Isaac, however, the Holy Bible, the Kalam-e-Muqaddas, tells us in Genesis chapter 22, that it was Isaac.

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God so loved the World...

Often Muslim friends claim that the message of love given by the God of the Bible is also given by Allah in the Qur’an in a far better way. Whereas there are others who totally reject this attribute of God and say that one cannot expect God to be a loving God, He can only be merciful.

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Who is God?

Both Muslims and Christian acknowledge that Isa al-Masih was sent by God as the promised Messiah. They affirm that Jesus is God’s Word and Spirit, Kallimatu’llah wa Ruh-u’llah (Surah 4:171; John 1:1, 18). However, many Muslim friends see Christians as committing shirk by their associating a partner with God, in calling Jesus the Son of God. In their view, such a belief is blasphemy. In their discussions they quote the Qur’anic verses, “How can He have a son when He hath no consort?” (Surah 6:101) “He has taken neither a wife nor a son” (Surah 72:3).

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Mercy and Judgement

Both Islam and Christianity believe that God sent His messengers to lead human beings into the right path. They do differ as to how to deal with the separation between God and man caused by the sin of men, which the Bible clearly states is evident in the whole of humankind, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:11), for, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In general, sin means transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4). This law exists because God is Holy and so cannot abide evil. It is offensive to God no matter what the sinner’s excuse or how insignificant the sin.

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The Qur'an has abrogated the Bible - Really?

Muslims commonly believe that the Bible has been cancelled out by the Qur’an. What does the Qur’an say about the Bible?

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The Return of Isa Al-Masih

Islam and Christianity share the belief that Isa bin-Maryam lived on this earth and was taken into heaven alive. One day that very same Isa will return to this earth. Among Muslims this event is known as “Nuzul-i-Isa” – the descent of Jesus. However, popular Muslim traditions assert that when He comes back, He will convert the world to Islam, destroy the Antichrist, marry and have children. Later He will die and be buried in a grave next to Muhammad in Medina.

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Greater than the prophet Jonah

Both the Bible and the Qur’an testify that Isa bin-Maryam performed many miracles. Though there were many who believed in Him, the majority of Jewish leaders refused to believe. They still demanded more signs and wonders. As usual, one day they asked Him again to perform a miracle for them. Instead, He responded, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12: 40).

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Who is the Messiah?

Among Muslims he is known as Isa Al-Masih – Jesus the Christ, Allah’s Rasul – Apostle, and His Nabi – prophet. They may know about his birth and something about his teaching from the reading of the Qur’an…

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The Prophet

In response to a request made by the Israelites, Hazrat Musa told his people, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” He told them further, “The Lord said to me: ‘I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account?” (Deuteronomy 18: 15-18).

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Why do we Suffer?

Our host switched on the T.V to see the latest news. The news and the graphic pictures of yet another famine in Africa and a terrible earthquake in a war torn country of central Asia upset everyone…

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Fear of God

I was visiting a friend. We were deep in conversation in his drawing room when his ten year old son, Hussain, walked in. After formal greetings and introductions my friend told me…

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Partners for Life

I was watching a drama, This is life, on the television. The story was about a tragic married couple and their struggle to overcome the terrible consequence of a sudden decision. They argued bitterly over an issue and the husband in his anger divorced his wife…

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Qibla: The Right Direction for Prayer

The local mosque committee was in an angry discussion with the building contractor. A supervisor made a mistake in his calculations and the direction of the Mehrab, the niche of the mosque was not exactly in the direction of the Ka’bah in Makkah. Some members were afraid that all their congregational prayers over the past two months had no value.

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The Light

I was standing in the queue waiting for a taxi. It was heart-warming to see how politely people before and after me were calmly waiting for their turn. It was a further delight to see that, when my turn came, the taxi driver happened to be someone I already knew…

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The Sacred Stone

The Hajj, pilgrimage, was being shown live on T.V. Pilgrims were walking around the Ka’bah ceremonially. Many of the Muslims were kissing the special stone in one of the walls of this cube-shaped room called Hajr al-aswad, the black stone. It is said that Abraham and Ishmael used this stone to stand on while building the Ka’bah. According to some stories, the stone had the ability to change its shape to help them to build the building. After he finished the task, Abraham put this stone in one wall of the Ka’bah…

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Victory over Death

Atif was my best friend. Though our religious feelings and ideologies were different, it had not affected our friendship. Many of our acquaintances thought we were brothers or close relatives…

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