Archive for February, 2010

February 22nd, 2010

Contextualization

Contextualization Gone Amok?

Contextualization is a brilliant Christian Missiology idea (C1, C2 and C3) that has gone amok (C4 and C5). As a former Muslim and a graduate of madrassa, I have concerns especially with C5. First, how can a Muslim claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ while he or she still believes in the Qur’an—a book that vehemently rejects his deity, death and resurrection? These three attributes make his salvation and lordship possible.

Secondly, some in C5 have stated that they were born into a Muslim family, which automatically makes them a Muslim and a part of the Muslim community; therefore, they cannot disavow themselves of their family, community and people. Their views are in agreement with Prophet Muhammad who advocated for fitra (every child is born a Muslim and should remain a Muslim). Sadly, they are incongruent with those of Jesus Christ (who they also claim is their savior), who taught, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matt 10:37, NIV.) This text is just one of the examples of his teachings.

Thirdly, they seem to confuse western culture with Christianity, the same way many Muslims do. They understand Christianity only from what they hear in the news about the actions of some celebrities in the West, or from what they read in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. One can be a Christian (follower of Jesus Christ) without embracing western culture.

Fourthly, I know of some Muslim scholars who invent excuses for the behavior of Prophet Muhammad; but I have never heard of one who wants to be a follower of Jesus Christ yet still wants to defend Muhammad. Many instances in the Qur’an and the Hadith illustrate how Prophet Muhammad’s behavior is an embarrassment. For example, he married Zainab, who was previously married to Zaid (his adopted son). He supposedly received as a revelation from Allah a decree that Zaid should divorce Zainab so that he could marry her (Surah 33). Mark you, this happened when Muhammad already had at least five wives.

Muslim scholars are mocking the advocacy of contextualization in Christianity, mostly quoting Christian scholars who are known experts in the field. One of the first hits you get when you search online is the Muslim criticism. They claim that since there is no “truth” in Christianity, Christians have resorted to desperate tactics to get new converts. Is this what we need?

I hope those who advocate for contextualization, especially for C4 and C5, should change their mind because, regardless of how they spin it, a believer cannot be a follower of Muhammad and Jesus at the same time.

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February 22nd, 2010

Islam Public Relations Nightmare I

Islam has gargantuan public relations nightmares and Muslims don’t want you to know of their existence. The first one starts with the first page of the Qur’an. Suratul Al-Fatihah is the first chapter in the current Qur’an. What they don’t tell you, Surat al-Iqra, also called al-Alaq, is the official chapter ONE that Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Muslims who compiled the Qur’an relegated Iqra to chapter 96. Do you know why? Because it reveals that Muhammad was illiterate and could not read even when Allah’s angel intervened. The opening verse in Iqra starts with “Iqra” which means “Read” in Arab. Why would this blunder happen in a religion that claims to have abrogated all religions that preceded it and has the TRUTH?

February 20th, 2010

Taliban and Muslim

Rohan Sullivan of the Associated Press reports, “Pakistan will not hand Taliban suspects to US.” These are not mere terror suspects. One of them, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is the second-in-command in Afghan Taliban. Pakistan is merely heeding Prophet Muhammad who said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor.” This is not a political post but one underscoring how militant Muslims abide by Prophet Muhammad’s teachings in waging terror against infidels and renegades and Pakistan ,in this case, is playing by the rules.

Rohan Sullivan of the Associated Press reports, “Pakistan will not hand Taliban suspects to US.” These are not mere terror suspects. One of them, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is the second-in-command of Afghan Taliban. Pakistan is an Islamic country and merely heading Prophet Muhammad who said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor.”

February 17th, 2010

Confusion a Boom for Islam

Islam is growing rapidly. Some estimates put the world’s Muslim population at 1.8 billion, surpassing that of Catholics.  One wonders how this robust growth has been possible, especially considering how much Islam has been in the news. The September 11 attacks, activities of Al-Shaabab in Somalia, suicide bombings, kidnappings, beheadings in various Islamic countries, Abu Sayyaf fighting the Filipino government, mistreatments of non-Muslims in Sudan and the establishment and enforcement of the shariah law in Nigeria, all have been carried out in the name of Islam. The perpetrators call themselves Muslims and shun Muslims who call for tolerance.

Muslims in western countries, attempting to portray the tolerant nature of Islam, criticize these atrocities, pointing to some verses in the Qur’an. One of the verses, Suratul Al-Baqara (chapter 2 of the Qur’an) verse 256 states, “There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break…”

One thing worth noting is that there are three darajat (ranks) of Muslims mentioned in the Qur’an. Muhsin, the highest rank, refers to a Muslim who believes in everything that is written in the Qur’an—strives to understand it in the order of which it was revealed by keeping in mind the rule of abrogation—and acts upon it without wavering.

Some so-called moderate Muslim scholars claim that Islam is a tolerant religion and by no means calls for coerced conversions. The one thing that they don’t disclose is that the aforementioned verse that they widely quote was revealed when Prophet Muhammad and his followers had conquered Arabia and the region was already under Islamic rule (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 14, Number 2676).  Jews who refused to convert to Islam were expelled. Others paid jizya (tax levied against non-Muslims). If Islam were for religious tolerance, why the exertion in the form of taxes on non-adherents?

Muslims who strive for the establishment of Islam as the dominant religion and eventually attain the rule of the shariah law use the Qur’an and the Hadith (saying of Prophet Muhammad) to make their case. Some verses from the Qur’an call on Muslims to show love to Christians while some enjoin Muslims to show hatred toward them. How do you reconcile these differences that are polar opposites? The verses on “love” for non-Muslims that some Islamic scholars keep on quoting have been abrogated (Al-Baqara 106). Though outmoded, they quote them anyway to placate what the masses like to hear, especially in the United States. After all, no one wants to be associated with a mass murderer. Imam Hani Ayyad of American Muslim Center in Dearborn, Michigan, referred to muhsins as “those who try to hijack our deen [faith], who distort, tarnish and darken it.”

Dr. Ron Miller, co-founder of Common Ground, claims that Islam is “the most misunderstood and maligned religion in the western world.”  In a recent speech at the Lansing (Illinois) Public Library, he dismissed Osama bin Laden and the rest of Muslims who call for the establishment of the shariah law as ignorant. He dismissed their rhetoric as that of “some ignorant madrassas somewhere, and not all imams are well-educated.”  What a bold statement from a non-Muslim! Madrassa teachers and imams can be ignorant when it comes to world affairs, but certainly they are not ignorant of the teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith.

Islamic scholars generally gloss over the central message of Islam. Prophet Muhammad, before driving the rest of the Jews out of Arabia, gave them an ultimatum, “Embrace Islam and you will be safe!”  Some Muslims in the west condemn the likes of Bin Laden even though he is a muhsin. How come they do not criticize the Islamic government of Sudan or Al-Shabaab in Somalia? Fatwas have been issued against Bin Laden. The governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would like him to be arrested and handed over to the United States for prosecution. These calls are empty rhetoric because Prophet Muhammad also said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor

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February 10th, 2010

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February 9th, 2010

Darajat

Who is a true Muslim?

إِنَّمَا ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ بِٱللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِۦ ثُمَّ لَمۡ يَرۡتَابُواْ وَجَـٰهَدُواْ بِأَمۡوَٲلِهِمۡ وَأَنفُسِهِمۡ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلصَّـٰدِقُونَ

“The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere.” (Al-Hujraat, 49:15, Pickthall).

Muslims are ranked in three categories called darajat. Muhsin is the highest rank. The verse from the Qur’an mentioned above talks about the Muhsin who fought alongside Prophet Muhammad. They did not doubt the message of the Qur’an or what he said in the Hadith. Though the message was equivocal, they did not doubt but strove to understand it by employing the rule of abrogation. Today’s mainstream Muslims who doubt the message of the Qur’an, especially the one pertaining to the killing of infidels and apostates, are not true Muslims according to the Qur’an and the Hadith. What happens if every Muslim becomes a Muhsin?

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February 9th, 2010

About Me

I am a former Kenyan Sunni Muslim who was educated in madrassa (Islamic religious school) during my formative years. (Hussein is my given first name, the name I received at birth. Hajji Wario was my father and he passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 1987. In madrassa I used to go by Hussein Hajji Wario. I legally go by Wario Hussein because the order of my name reversed with additional names added in April 1995.) Upon graduation from madrassa, I became a madrassa teaching assistant and a muadhin (a person who calls Muslims to pray) in my hometown, which is near Garsen. I converted to Christianity in August 1989 when I was 14 years old. My people group, the Orma, is one of the “unreached” people groups in the world because more than 99.98 percent is Muslim. I am only the second Orma to convert to Christianity.

My family found out about my conversion through my Muslim schoolmates at a boarding school six months later. Subsequent persecution resulted in the Kenyan government representative in my home area giving a final directive that led to my separation from my family in May 1990. I stayed in different parts of the country with various Christian families from different people groups and nationalities for about six years until I came to the United States in August 1996. I graduated from Hope College in 2000.

My faith journey is featured in my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent. It discusses some esoteric aspects of Islam by conspicuously illustrating them throughout my upbringing as a Muslim, my conversion to Christianity and the ensuing persecution. It utilizes the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, the Hadith, to make its case.

Portions of my conversion story and the subsequent persecution have been featured in a 1998 book, The Call of Africa; the Grand Rapids Press in October 1996; a nationwide radio broadcast through Radio Bible Class (RBC) Ministries’ weekend program Words to Live By in the United States, Canada and in some select countries in October 2003; and a reformed semi-monthly magazine the Standard Bearer in September 2006. I have shared my story with churches, schools, colleges, and Christian groups in Kenya and the United States.

I live to give glory to the Lord for saving me from among my people. I am grateful, among many things, for His protection from my detractors. I believe that the Lord has called me to be an encouragement to His church and also be an instrument in mitigating difficulties it faces in understanding Islam and reaching out to Muslims. Please email me at info@husseinwario.com or call me if you have any question on Islam or if you would like me to speak at any of your events. Thank you.

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