Shahadah: the Bible says nothing on Muhammad, and Muhammad calls the Bible corrupt.
The shahada is testifying that none and nothing is worthy of worship and submission but God, and that Mohammed's message calls for just that in the correct manner.
He blasphemes God by refusal to worship the Son and submit to the Church He founded, as called for in the Bible.
Hajj: to a place of no importance at all to the Bible. Contradicts the OT in refusing to go the one place of worship, and the NT in refusing the true Temple (sidenote: the histories of Mecca record that in the Ka'bah was an icon of Abraham and Jacob, and of the Theotokos and Christ. When the Muslims conquered Mecca, Muhammad covered the icon with his body, and ordered "destroy everything else." It remained there at least until the Muslims destroyed the Ka'bah the first time in their second fitna (civil war), around the time they built the dome of the rock (c. 690).
You and your revisionist history! There's nothing about making pilgrimage to Mecca that goes against the Religion of the Prophets. The Religion of one for all Prophets and Nations, but Laws and obligation and permissions are different. Even hinting that this might not be true from any aspect will be destroying the very foundation of Christianity.
Christianity wasn't founded on running around an empty box, and kissing a rock. Even Umar is recorded as saying to the idolatrous holdover "if I didn't see the "Apostle of God" (i.e. Muhammad) kiss you, I'd destroy you as an idol."
Salah: in a direction meaningless to the Bible, doing a ritual modeled after the Church's 7 hours of prayer but replacing the Biblical texts.
Jews do not kneel in prayer. Haven't for quite some time. Their main prayer is called amidah i.e. "standing."
Sawm: fast based on no biblical event, but on the reception of a text intended to surplant the Bible.
Until today, Jews fast the exact same way Muslims do, though in different days.
IIRC it was a taunt of the Meccans that Muhammad didn't know how to wipe his posterior unless the Jews told him how. So let your masters circumcize you and be happy. No Jew fasts for the alleged coming of the Quran (the reason for Ramadan's fast). Nor do they have a fasting season.
Zakah: the piety of the Pharisee, rejecting the charity of the widow and her mite.
Muslims are encouraged to live only by the necessary, everything else should be alms in all its forms. Following the Quranic and Prophetic order, Muslims take a lot of care in not showing their act of charity.
Yeah, Saudi Arabis is full of "living only by necessity," especially among the royal family, oops, I mean the family of the Servant of the Two Sanctuaries.
If you read the Ihya then you must remember how Ghazali narrated different stories on how Muslims invented various methods to avoid being seen giving alms, even by those receiving it. Some would put it in the the road of needy man, or in his clothes before wearing them etc.
yes, Sufi literature is full of stories borrowed from Christian hagiography (Sufi "woolen" refers to the wool cloaks which they adopted from the Christian monks in wearing).
I understand the grandios Hasan II Mosque was built with such "charity" (with a little extortion from the late Sultan).
Islam couldn't maintain its purity in Muhammad's lifetime, and invented the idea of "abrogation" of scripture to excuese that, let alone the innovations of his companions, who have not been united at least form the time of his contemporary 'Uthman (656).
90% alhamdulillah, 90%.
Yes, 90% reject the central authority of the Dar al-Islam, like the apostates did in the Riddah wars. And 100% subscribe to the writing of the Quran by abrogation.
We celebrate it every Sunday of Orthodoxy, that the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church has not changed since the time of Christ's Ascenion, and will not change till His return.
Except that every Church in the world claims to be the catholic apostolic church. Even if we were to consider all Orthodox Churches to be one Church, then Orthodoxy doesn't account for more than a quarter of total Christians.
And the Muslims aren't even a quarter of mankind and the Malikis aren't even a quarter of all Muslims, yet you are both Maliki and Musilm. Btw, the Sunni/Ijmaa'i percentage is slipping, with the increase of Shi'ites.
I never believed Truth was up for a vote. God and one makes a majority.
By its very nature, Christianity contained withing itself the seed of deviation. Protestantism was only a natural and logical conclusion. It is for this reason that Christian could not even stand against the forces of modernity, neither on the intellectual nor on the temporal domains. The only 'contemporary' anti-modern, Christian movement one can remember (which is Orthodox btw) is the Romanian Iron Guard, but that was far, far from the spirit of medieval Christian, it was beyond tainted by modern doctrines such as nationalism.
Mix this mass of conjecture with at least SOME facts, and I'll consider answering.
That number has ebbed and flowed, and if it meant anything, why are you Maliki, when only 15% of Muslims are?
The number is correct alhamdulillah. And, like I said, all madhabs are accepted, and I'm Maliki because I was born and I live in a Maliki country. A madhab is not something you chose, unless you want to study one then you can choose whichever you want.
Accepted by whom? As I stated, Malikis aren't accepted in Jordan, and since I've seen similar rejection here, then I guess not in the US either.
Why don't you accept the madhhab of Ibn Malik's teacher, Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, and become Isma'ili or Twelver?
So you are Maliki because of where you are born. If you were born across the border in the Mzab, I guess you would be Khariji. Or in China, your madhhab would be to kow tow to chairman Mao. How inspiring.
We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption). (Quran 15:9)
You couldn't, despite the Umayyads buring as many varients as they could get their hands on, guard the Quran from corruption: your qira'at Warsh in Morrocco isn't the same as that of Hafs, used in Cairo (and most of the Muslim world).
The message was guarded alhamdulillah (by the way, the verse is to referring just for the Quran, but to the Religion as a whole).
Neither of which have been preserved.
The qira'at are like madhabs, all of the common one are accepted. Most of the mus'hafs circulating here in Morocco are printed either in SA or in Lebanon but absolutely no one has any problem with that.
Few are aware. When I showed a Morroccan my Hafs, and compared it to their Warsh, they were quite confused.
It's has over a third of mankind for over a century. According to al-Jazeera, every year 6 million Muslims come for baptism.
Please! That was not according to al-Jazeera, it was according to a guy hosted in a show on the channel and he presented no evidence for what he said.
and went into some detail, including his personal experience in the field. I've seen data saying the same elsewhere, including by Muslims for Muslims in the Muslim world.
May I ask you where are these conversion taking place? Is it in North Africa, is it in Mali, Senegal, Nigeria? Because the percentage of Muslims is either stable or increasing in all of African countries.
Nigeria now has a Christian president, and Christianity has penetrated the Muslim Hausa big time. I was a supporter of the conservative Arinze in the last papal conclave. I still like him, and what he has to say. And say he does, all over the world.
Africa had 9 million Christians in 1900. In 2000 it had over 380 milliion, expected on present trends to reach 633 million (mostly traditional, btw) Christians in 2025.
And conversions happen everywhere: every Copt I know in Egypt knows at least one ex-Muslim who had been baptized. Offset, of course, by the persecusions.
That gentleman was either mistaken, may God guard us from error, or he meant something else, like that those are the numbers of people who converted to Christianity but could've been converted to Islam, which is what I understood the first time I saw the video.
if that is what he meant, still many Muslims come for baptism. A famous case is the Father of Pakistan, Jinnah. None of his grandchildren can come to Pakistan: they are Christians (one did revert to his grandfather's (not Jinnah) Zoroastrian faith). All the Indonesian Orthodox I know of have converted from Islam. In Albania, a number of the bishops are converts from Islam. As for Africa, the Holy Synod of Alexandria has bishops all over the continent, and converts include Muslims.
The Catholic Church was annihilated during the few last centuries in the temporal realm, it was reduced to a big irrelevant and powerless body. Any doctrinal remnants that survived from its times of glory were destroyed after the Second Vatican Council.
Jaruzelski found out otherwise.
The PRI in Mexico found out otherwise.
Castro is finding out otherwise.
I'd wise up.