The world of Islam

On Tuesday nights Judy and I are taking a college level class called “Perspective on the World Christian Movement”, or in AZ its called “Pathways to Global Understanding”. I’ve explained it in depth several Blogs back.
Last Tuesday we had an interesting class. We normally meet in a class room of a church, men and women altogether. But this time they separated men from women. Men went in one door and the ladies went in another. The men’s door was labeled, “You are now entering the Muslim world, please remove your shoes”. The women entered a door to the same room, but there was a partition between the men and them, with only a five foot wide curtain of opaque material. Their lights were turned off as well. I entered the men’s door and saw a Muslim Holy Man, in full robes, standing in front. In English he asked us to stand in a row side by side facing the front and that he was asked to go through some Islamic religious culture for us. He demonstrated the prayer and practice of the “five times a day prayer”. Then had us all sit down on the floor, no chairs in the room, for a question and answer time. He said the women were not allowed to speak, but could write notes and pass them to the men to read on their behalf. One of our men asked, “Why the separation, why can’t the women speak?” The Muslim teacher answered and said that “the woman’s voice is too tempting for men to hear when they are trying to worship and learn the things of god. Also to have a women doing the bowing and kneeling in front of men would be very distracting to men.

We all have a “World View”, a way of looking at and understanding the world around us. we are not born with it, we learn it as we grow. Each of us are taught our “World View”, by our families, our neighbors, our schools, churches, media, (TV, Newspapers, Radio). As we mature, hopefully we realise that not everyone thinks the same way we do. Some people have differing points of view. Not necessarily wrong, just different. When we come to that realization and are willing or even want to learn others world view, then we have a chance of learning to communicate cross culturally.

I really enjoy viewing the world through other peoples eyes. Its kind of like the old adage, “Walking a mile in another mans shoes”, and getting an idea as to why one acts and reacts the ways they do. To be able to speak to people using their own language and culture is a gift. We must take it seriously. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and learn of other people and their ways. The Muslim world is upon us. We need to know how to speak with them, so they can really understand us and learn of the relationship that God wants to have with them.

The two main takeaways I got that night:
(1) We followers of Christ make the statement that “Jesus is the Son of God”. A true statement. But to a Muslims ears that is perverted. To a Muslim that statement says God came down in some human form and had physical sex with Mary in order to have a son. To a Muslim that is a sick belief system of Christians, that we would so humanize God in that way. What Muslims believe is that God spoke Holy words that entered Mary and miraculously formed the baby Jesus.
What we have here is a “failure to communicate”.
(2) They have received some Sacred Scriptures in the Islamic world. We need to learn how to communicate the rest of Gods Words in such as way that they can understand it and embrace it as their own.

Author: jimjudywycliffejourney

Jim and Judy have been with Wycliffe since 1984. They have served in aviation maintenance/management, motorcycle, and 4X4 training, recruitment, and facilities maintenance in multiple locations in the US and Africa. They currently work with America's Area, North Region, Scripture Access services team. They are a mobile USA team using the internet and face to face encounters with churches, ministries, Native American communities, Diaspora communities, refugee aid organizations, and individuals, introducing them to Through this website, those who did not grow up speaking English can access the Bible and other Scripture resources in the language they understand best. Would you consider becoming a part of their Wycliffe ministry partnership team? You can join their prayer or financial team by clicking on

2 thoughts on “The world of Islam”

  1. Hi Jim and Judy, I believe understanding others views is very important as well. I do not profess to being an expert on Islam although I have done a considerable amount of reading on it. The thing that bothers me the most is that many people believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. This is not true. The Muslim god is Allah, the pegan Moon god. This pegan moon god, was the favorite pegan god of Mohammed's father. It later became Mohammed's favorite god. The second thing that bothers me is that many people do not know that none of Mohammed's thoughts or words were ever written down during his lifetime. It wasn't until 600 years after his death that some clerics began to write things down. That is amazing. How could they know anything 600 years after the death of Mohammed? God bless you both. Jeff Oliver


  2. Thank you Jeff for your comments. I didn't know about the 600 year gap between Mohammeds sayings and it getting written down. That is incredable.
    Christianity is still growing faster than Islam, a big praise item. But Islam is still big and growing. We who know God and follow Jesus have the responsibility to help the world, Muslums too, to come to know God and Jesus as we do. Because Judy and I are planning on going to an Islamic region we need to “study up” on how best to communicate Christ to them in their world. At this point we have chosen to make common ground the starting point of our conversations with the Islamic world. By Gods grace, God did influance Mohammed to talk about Jesus in a very positive way. So Jesus is our common ground. We are happy to talk about Jesus, they are happy to listen to stories about Jesus.


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