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New Mexico: “Understanding Islam” event at Lutheran church spreads falsehoods about Islam

From Jihad Watch
April 13, 2016 | By Robert Spencer

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“Islam, Christianity and Judaism all look to Abraham as the father of our faith traditions,” Carson said. “Understanding one another’s traditions is important to share peace and understanding in our community.”

“Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim. And he was not of the polytheists.” (Qur’an 3:67)
 

“There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, ‘Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah. We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone’ except for the saying of Abraham to his father, ‘I will surely ask forgiveness for you, but I have not for you anything against Allah. Our Lord, upon You we have relied, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination.” (Qur’an 60:4) In other words, Abraham is an excellent pattern for believers when he tells his unbelieving relatives that “there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone,” but not when he says to his father, “I will surely ask forgiveness for you.”

“I have realized that when people hear a narrative repeated often enough, they will buy into it — even when that narrative is false.” Indeed. That’s what this dialogue in Las Cruces is all about: repeating that false narrative so that more people will buy into it.

“What I learned here today that I did not understand at all about Islam or the Muslims is that they really respect all nations, and believe that it’s OK to have many religions,” said Carol Peterson, a participant from Peace Lutheran, speaking after the February event. “They believe that basically there’s one God. I was under the impression that Muslims wanted all of us to be one, wanted us to be like they are. But they respect us. I didn’t know that, and that blew my mind — because I thought that was the purpose of all this turmoil in our world. I thought they wanted us to become Muslim.”

“And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.” (Qur’an 3:85)

“And fight them until there is no fitnah and the religion, all of it, is for Allah.” (Qur’an 8:39)

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“Understanding Islam: Las Cruces church creates dialogue,” by Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-News, March 21, 2016 (thanks to Christopher):

LAS CRUCES – A Las Cruces church is making an effort to increase understanding and foster dialogue between the local Christian and Islam communities. Peace Lutheran Church has launched an ongoing series of presentations called “Understanding Islam,” in collaboration with members of the Islamic Center of Las Cruces.

The first presentation took place at Peace Lutheran Church on Feb. 16 and focused on the fundamental beliefs and practices of Islam, as well as the Islamic view of Judaism and Christianity. More than 100 people participated in the discussion. More discussions are planned, including an event on Tuesday to discuss ISIS, freedom of religion and women’s role in Islam.

“We had a very positive response — overwhelmingly positive,” said Jared Carson, pastor of Peace Lutheran. “We conducted a survey afterward, asking if they would be willing to invite a friend to future events. Eighty percent said they would.”
Why it’s important

“Islam, Christianity and Judaism all look to Abraham as the father of our faith traditions,” Carson said. “Understanding one another’s traditions is important to share peace and understanding in our community.”

Muhammad Dawood, a native of Pakistan who is an associate professor at NMSU’s College of Engineering, was one of three panelists at the first convening.

“I am an educator,” Dawood said. “I teach and touch lives every day. From that perspective, I have realized that when people hear a narrative repeated often enough, they will buy into it — even when that narrative is false. But when you give them another perspective, they tend to look at the issue more critically. These are profound issues. And, given the opportunity, we are really good at coming to our own conclusions.”

Carson believes a respectful dialogue can achieve great things.
 
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5 responses to “New Mexico: “Understanding Islam” event at Lutheran church spreads falsehoods about Islam

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