Comparing Allah and God

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Pakistan, 1986. Zahid was a Muslim priest who had been brought up to hate and kill those with conflicting beliefs, especially Christians. He often persecuted Christians in town, feeling that by doing so, he would please Allah (the Muslim god). One day when Zahid was persecuting Christians, someone dropped a Bible. Rather than disposing of it, as he normally would have, Zahid hung onto it because he felt compelled to read it and expose its errors. In short, Zahid converted to Christianity and shared the Bible’s teachings with everyone. As a result, he was considered a traitor. Zahid began to experience much of the persecution he had carried out against many Christians. For two years he was imprisoned, beaten, tortured, and eventually sentenced to be hung to death (DcTalk 53-54). The sort of persecution Zahid dealt out and later experienced himself occurs daily in various places of the world. In the days following September 11, though, most people were quick to hide differences between the Christian God and Allah. Muslims and non-Muslims alike explained that Muslims are good people and worship the same god Christians worship. Due to the politically correct mindset of today, most people accept this statement without questioning it. They fail to recognize the many differences between the Christian God and Allah. The question must be asked, though, if Allah and the Christian God are the same – if Christians and Muslims worship the same god – why do many Muslims hate Christians with such a passion; why do they kill Christians? By comparing the characters of Allah and the Christian God, it can be seen they are actually quite different (Speight 108). Although much obvious evidence of the hatred many Muslims feel toward Christians ... ... middle of paper ... ...m and Muslims. 14th ed. Chicago: Kazi Publications, Inc., 1996. Jomier, Jacques. How to Understand Islam. Trans. John Bowden. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991. The Koran. Trans. N.J. Dawood. 1956. London: Clays Ltd, St Ives plc, 1995. Neusner, Jacob. God. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1997. New American Standard Bible. Trans. The Lockman Foundation. La Habra: The Lockman Foundation, 1994. Shamoun, Sam. “Is Allah the God of the Bible?” Answering-Islam. Online. 9 March 2002. Speight, R. Marston. God is One. 4th ed. New York: Friendship Press, 1991. “The Reality and Truth of the Muslim World – Islam.” Underground Hope. 18 Dec 2001: 1-2. Williams, John Arden, ed. Islam. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1962. Zehavi, A.M., ed. Handbook of the World’s Religions. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1973.

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