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The status of men and women in Islam
According to Islam, God will reward both men and women (Sura 16:97; 33:35; 43:70). Heavenly women are the reward for Muslim men in paradise but the Qur’an is silent about the reward for Muslim women. The testimony of 2 women is equal to that of one man (Sura 2:282). A man is allowed to beat his disobedient wife for her ‘rebelliousness’ (Sura 4:34). According to Ahadith and Shari’a, to divorce his wife a husband has to utter just 3 times, ‘I divorce you.’ Muhammad said: Women are deficient. Amongst the inmates in paradise women would be in the minority.
Key doctrines of Islam in Comparison to Christianity
Muslims claim to believe in the same God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Is it so? Steven shares from the Qur’an and the traditions of Islam that although Islam uses often a Christian vocabulary, it has its own dictionary. Islam believes in a God who is our Rab-Lord but he cannot be our Abb-Father. Jesus is the word and spirit from God but he is just a prophet who never died for our sins. Salvation in Islam is through works but with no hope of knowing it in this life. Like Christians, Muslims too desire God’s kingdom on this earth. While Muslims want to establish God’s Shari’a even if it means a military struggle, Christians adhere to only the method of evangelism.
Bridge-points in outreach to Muslims
Muslims are in need of salvation. Jesus, in love, shed his blood equally for them. 'Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love' (1 John 4:8). Love will not be satisfied with anything less than the total salvation of its object. The mission field to reach Muslims is not a thousand miles away. It is on our door-steps. Steven Masood shares points to some key biblical principles of ‘love’, ‘prayer’, ‘hospitality’ and having a listening ear to help us to know the heart of a Muslim and share how he or she may have the eternal life through Jesus in the paradise of God.
Steven Masood on Janet Parshall's Radio Show
Steven Masood @ In The Market with Janet Parshall on Moody Radio, February 28,2012