Category Archives: Muslim

Muslim extremists apologize for attack on Pakistani church

ISTANBUL – Muslims who attacked a Pakistani church and declared religious war against Christians from mosque minarets have apologized for their actions, human rights workers said. The threats included demands that Christians of Gowindh, a Punjabi village of 10,000, convert to Islam or “be prepared to fight or die.” Muslims ended their boycott against trading with the 300 Christians. This incident is the latest in a pattern of church attacks in which perpetrators apologize and avoid facing charges.

 -Compass Direct News

Muslim administrators force widow into early retirement without pay

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Asabe Ladagu, a Christian widow in this capital city of Borno state in northern Nigeria, has survived without income the past 16 months. It was that long ago, the former librarian told Compass, that Muslim administrators at Ramat Polytechnic forced her into early retirement – without pay – after she and others requested land to build a chapel. “We were branded as dangerous people because we are Christians,” Ladagu said. She had put in 35 years of government service as Ramat Polytechnic’s librarian and chief lecturer. “Other Christian brethren too have either been forced out or have been the subjects of witch-hunts,” she said. The Rev. Joshua Adamu, chairman of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, asserted that persecution of Christians has become a state policy.
 

-Compass Direct News 

Muslims, Christians attend service for murdered Bible-store manager

“Hundreds of Muslims and Christians attended a memorial service Sunday for a prominent Palestinian Christian who was found stabbed and shot on a Gaza City street earlier that day.

“At Gaza’s Greek Orthodox church, Palestinian mourners gathered around the body of Rami Khader Ayyad, the 32-year-old director of Gaza’s only Christian bookstore who hospital officials say was shot in the head and stabbed numerous times.”

This is from ChristianityToday.com; read the full story at http://www.christiantoday.com/article/mourning.condemnation.follow.murder.of.prominent.christian.in.gaza/13791.htm .

Evangelical leaders seek to establish communications with Muslim clerics

The following press release was released by Howie Gardner and distributed via the Religion News Service’s Religion Press Release Services. It is copied here because it provides a window into an interesting moment in interfaith relations. Neither LiturgicalCredo.com nor the Religion News Service are responsible for the accuracy of the release. Gardner has sole responsiblity for the accuracy of the release.

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Evangelical Christian Leaders Seek to Establish Communications with Muslim Clerics

In September of ’06, author Howie Gardner, Pastor of Bel Air Assembly of God in Maryland, composed a letter to the Muslim World league in Saudi Arabia.  The letter has been revised a number of times at the suggestions of various missionaries and theologians.  It can be seen in its present form at www.cmdialogue.com

The following January, PrimeStar Publicity head, Helen Cook published an article about the book which went out over the Christian Newswire.  The response was far greater than anticipated.  Letters came in from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.  Three Bible Colleges asked permission to use the letter in their curriculum.  Even the chaplaincy of the United States Pentagon responded. 

Ultimately Gardner came in contact with Kamal Nawash, President of the “Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism” (FMCAT), in Washington D. C.  Nawash invited Pastor Gardner and Evangelist Angel Berrios to a Muslim service in Anandale, Virginia and then on to address a group of clerics at a luncheon that afternoon.  Gardner reported “we had a very positive and encouraging exchange.”

“We did not take the usual evangelical approach of trying to convince them that the Bible is superior to the Quran. Certainly as Evangelical Christians we believe that and it would make for an interesting dialogue on another occasion.  However in this forum we have attempted to stress the concept that one can denounce terrorism with denouncing Islam.  There are a number of verses in the Quran which call for Muslims to take arms against ‘infidels’ and today many Muslims understand the verses to be a call to arms against Christians and Jews with the latter seeing them as an affront against themselves.  In reality though, Muhammad did not regard either Christians or Jews to be infidels, quite the contrary.  Rather these verses are aimed at two groups who were contemporaries of Muhammad-the Quraishi and the Collyridians.  Muhammad actually makes direct reference to the latter group twice in Surah 5.  Both of these groups apparently advocated not only the worship of multiple gods but also the sacrifice of innocent human beings as part of their worship.”

 Our main goal has been to convince Muslim leaders, particularly those from the Muslim World League, to declare a fatwa against school curriculum being used in Saudi Arabia, Palestine and elsewhere which encourage small children to pursue the life of a terrorist.

FMCAT posted Gardner’s letter on their web site and allowed for a free exchange between him and other Muslims as well as Christians and Jews.  “Much of the response was hostile” Gardner says.  But there were positive signs as well. “One Muslim woman wrote saying ‘Most of us agree with you but we do not have the courage to speak up'” he says. 

Perhaps they are beginning to gain that courage though.  In Saudi Arabia the Interior Ministry near the provincial capital of Al Janderea has begun organizing deprogramming classes for jihadists seeking a change of lifestyle.  Their 12 step program includes art, sports and religion classes.  Dr. Ahmad Hamad Jilan states “We tell them that they should give the right picture of Islam.  They should not kill or bomb.”  Sociologist Hameed Kahaleel notes that many of the students now have jobs, are studying in the universities and are raising families.           

Still further, in Pakistan award winning director Waseem Mahmood has composed a song entitled “This is NOT Us” stressing the incompatibility between terrorism and Islam.  Reportedly the song is a best-seller. 

Nawash has expressed interest in inviting Evangelist Franklin Graham to Saudi Arabia to meet with Muslim clerics in a similar setting.

“Thus far the response from Christians has been slow” Gardner says.  “Two denominational leaders have called me to voice their support but one of them asked not to be named as it might endanger missionaries on the field.  I have received either emails or phone calls from Focus on the Family, The Martin Luther King Center, Trinity Broadcasting, John McArthur Ministries, Oral Roberts University, the offices of former Congressmen J. C. Watts, author Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church and even from Muhammad Ali Enterprises- the public relations arm of the former heavyweight champ.  I should note though that NONE of these groups have given us any official endorsement as yet and both Warren and Charles Stanley have since declined their support.” 

Currently Gardner, who has authored two previous books, is in the process of compiling the thoughts of local Christian and Muslim leaders on 26 different topics for a proposed third book. This one may not become a reality though as he reports “So far one Christian publisher has informed me that they have no interest in publishing a book of which 50% is written by Muslims.  Stay tuned and let’s see what God will do.”

Ten Christians killed, nine churches destroyed in Nigeria

TUDUN WADA DANKADAI, Nigeria, October 5 (Compass Direct News) – A Muslim rampage last week in this town in the northern state of Kano resulted in the killing of 10 Christians and the destruction of nine churches, according to eyewitnesses.

Another 61 people were injured and more than 500 displaced in the September 28 disturbance, touched off when Muslim students of Government College-Tudun Wada Dankadai, a public high school, claimed that a Christian student had drawn a cartoon of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, on the wall of the school’s mosque.

Rabiu Danbawa, pastor of an area Evangelical Church of West Africa congregation, said he stood about 500 meters from his church and parish home as it burned.

“There was nothing I could do,” he said. “I did not know the fate of my wife and my children.”

Danbawa said he went to the police station, only to find the police dispersing the many Christians who had run there to escape the attack.

“We were told to leave, as our safety could not be guaranteed,” he said, in tears. “Women and children all scampered to the bush, only to be attacked by the Muslims who had already hid themselves in the bush awaiting their Christian prey.”

Read the full article at http://www.liturgicalcredo.com/NigerianChristiansKilled.html