Muslims have indeed heard Christ's calling, and they have answered.
May the Almighty resurrect us next to this Prophets.
This must be the joke of the day.
The person you heard and responded to was not Christ, but Mohammad. He lived 600 years after Christ and His Church, and tried to replace Christ's teaching with his evil and mundane ideology.
The best of Creation, the one from who lights were split and secrets were divided, and on whom the knowledge of Adam descended, the one by the beauty of whom the gardens of the heavens are bright and the parterres of the Earth are vivid by the the overflow of his light only thought what the Prophets before him instructed, that the Almighty alone is worthy of worship. Though the difference that all of the messages of the previous Prophets were aimed at specific peoples, mainly the Israelities (including that of Christ), whereas the Mohammadan message is universal.
Odd that for a universal message, it can only be in Arabic, whereas Christ sent the Holy Spirit down upond the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel in all languages to the ends of the earth.
Actually, the fact that Islam and Judaism have a strict position about the ecclesiastical stature of Arabic and Hebrew is part of the reason why they were able to mainain their purity.
LOL. Rabbinic Judaism isn't the religion of the Ancient Hebrews, and no sect of Islam has maintained an imagined "purity" from the time of the Prophet and Companions, unless expansive wars of religion against the outside and killing each other in the inside of the Dar al-Islam count.
That. Also, let us not forget that Orthodox churches also have ecclesiastical language. We are willing to take Protestant positions to bling ourselves, aren't we?
Actually the Protestant view of the Masoretic OT and Aland/Nestle Greek NT resembles the Muslim position on the Quranic text.
We have several ecclesiastical languages (including Arabic). One at least for each nation.
One of the oldest dialogues between Christians and Muslims was the exchange between the Emperor Leo III (before his iconoclams) and the Caliph Umar II.
When Umar II brought up all the sects of Christianity, which he numbered as 72 (from Muslim tradition, a confusion between the 72 nations that the 72 Apostles were sent to), Leo points out that Christianity from the start was among many languages and peoples and nations and as such over six centuries different sects would appear, but Islam was only one century old, sprung from only one people and language (which people and language, btw, included Leo: he was originally named Kanon and from Syria), and yet was already in a myriad of sects killing each other. Leo also points out that the sects of Christianity die out (the only one which survives from Leo's time is the Nestorians), whereas the sects of Islam of its first generation, Shi'ite, Sunni (actually more accurately called Ijmaa'ii) and Khariji are still among us.
The Church of the NT worships as the Hebrew Church of the OT, just fulfilled. The Light has come, shadows disappear.
Alhamdulillah, 90% of Muslims practise the religion according to the Sunna and the consensus of the Nation's scholars, and that was acchieved even though there were never a central spiritual authority and hardly a tempoal one. [/quote]
Really? I knew those in Jordan, who, because they prayed according to the Maliki madhhab, the local Muslims refused to associate with them. Pakistan has declared the Ahmadiyya non-Muslim. Then their is the problems between the various Sufi tariqahs and the Ijmaa'i 'ulamaa'
As for central authority, there was one from the time of Muhammad to fall of the Umayyads (who imposed the Quran text as we have it on the Muslims, amongst other things). After that, the 'Abbasids ruled with an iron fist except in your neck of the woods, which became the lair of all sorts of discontents until the Murabitah and Muwahhiduun homogenized the lot into Ijmaa'i, specifically Maliki, Islam. And the caliphs and their successors exercised the authority to appoint qadis, extend patronage, commit persecusion (remember the Mihmah?). Several centuries of that, and then the Ottomans to cap it off, more than enough to impose some order.
On the other hand, what exactly is the percentage of Christians which are Orthodox? How many Orthodox Churches out there.
15 Autocephalous Chruches, and unlike your four madhhab, a bishop can go from any one to another, and a communicant in one is a communicant in the other 14.
Percentagewise, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church includes about 10%, second largest communion after the Vatican. But if numbers counted, why would you be Maliki, as it is followed only by 15% of the Muslims.
How many fights were there between Greeks, Copts, Russians etc about which ones will sit in which spot in the church of the Holy Sepulchre?
Between the Russians and Greeks, none. In fact, the fighting over "spots" didn't happen until the Muslims came, and especially after the Muslim rulers gave the keys to the Muslim families who have them now. Gave the opportunity for the unconverted part of the Christian.
How many times did the Muslims destroy the Ka'bah in your fitnah's?