Pastor's Bible Study: Study of Islam #1

Speaker: 
Dr. Kevin Head
Audio Type: 
Sermon
Album: 
First Baptist Church Roswell, GA
Genre: 
Contemporary Christian
Year: 
2017
Transcript of Podcast: 

Study of Islam
April 19 2017

 

I.    Why study/talk about Islam? Why important to me?

II.   What we will cover tonight

  • Define terms; discuss facts about Islam
  • Mohammed, founder of Islam
  • Abraham
  • Quran/Koran

III.  Defining terms

  • Islam” – the name of the religion (i.e. – “Christianity”)
  • Muslim” – the name for a follower/adherent of Islam (i.e. – “Christian”)
  • Allah” – Allah is the title given to God
  • Mohammed” – the name of the founder of Islam
  • Mohammedism” – sometimes used synonymously with “Islam”
  • Quran/Koran” – for Muslims, the literal Word of God

IV. Facts about Islam

  • Between 1.5 – 1.8 billion Muslims around the world
  • One of the most popular, largest, fastest growing religious faiths in the world
  • Not only an Arab faith—crosses all ethnic lines/groups
  • Sacred places/cities – (1) Mecca, (2) Medina, and (3) Jerusalem

V.  Mohammed (570 – 632 AD)

  • Early Life
  • Marriage and Economic Prosperity
  • Preaching Prophet
  • Basic beliefWhat God began in Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, God brought to fulfillment through Mohammed

VI.  Abraham – Genesis 12:1-7

VII.  Quran/Koran

  • Quran/Koran—the sacred text of Islam
  • The word of Allah was dictated through the angel Gabriel to Mohammed from an archetype preserved in the seventh heaven.
  • INERRANCY in Islam (dictated exactly by Gabriel)
  • Word “Koran” literally means “recitation, lecture, discourse
  • It is about 4/5 the size of the new Testament
  • It is considered by Muslims to be:
  1. the final authority in spiritual/ethical matters
  2. a scientific manual
  3. a textbook for education (believed to be the most widely read book ever written; for besides its use for worship, it is also the text book from which practically every Muslim learns to read Arabic.

SUMMARY:

  • In its beginnings, Islam was not simply a body of private religious beliefs, but it involved the setting-up of a new community, which eventually developed its own system of laws, beliefs and government.
  • Islam grew very rapidly; by 640 (less than 20 years), Muslims had conquered Damascus, Jerusalem, Egypt and Persia.
  • According to Islamic teachings, Mohammed was just an ordinary human being like any of us. Mohammed is not the incarnation of Allah (unthinkable to a Muslim).  He is not considered to be divine.
  • He is, however, held in great affection (the greatest prophet) and his honor is considered very important

 

NEXT WEEK:

*What do Muslims believe?

*What does the Koran teach about relationships with non-Muslims?

*What does Islam teach about a Holy War?

*Why is there such animosity between Christians and Muslims?

Two weeks from tonight, May 3 – Imam Arshad Anwar, religious leader of the Roswell Mosque