In the same way Moses’s life is an example for the Jews to follow, Muhammad’s life is the example for a Muslim. For example, a Muslim friend and I were about to share our thoughts on sin and forgiveness in Islam and Christianity when we were suddenly interrupted. Later that evening, he sent me the words of a prayer of forgiveness (see picture).
On our recent trip, a Christian friend asked me to meet one of his Muslim friends who showed great interest in the Biblical Jesus, but believed that Islam was the message for today’s world. He had questions that, as an ex-Muslim, perhaps I could answer. I accepted the invitation. We had a five hour long conversation. The Muslim friend tried his best to present the way of Islam as the only answer to the world’s problems. I, on the other hand, referred to a greater problem (the heart) and how God has provided the answer – Jesus. He was referring to the Law of Moses and also the law of Muhammad to straighten the world out; I was referring to God’s grace and mercy that has come through Christ (John 1:17; Ephesians 2:3-9; Titus 3:4-7).
In the USA, Muslims are putting together American Muslim Community Centers. To embark on helping poor people in the community, including non-Muslims, they plan on establishing food and medical centers. This sign, using a similar font and design as President Trump's campaign, advocates “Making America Great with Love, Compassion & Mercy.”
The Truth of the Matter
Does the Qur’an, the first hand authority for Muslims, instruct them to love and have compassion, and be merciful? Yes, it does but attached with conditions. For example, when the question of mercy comes, the Qur’an states that Muslims should be merciful to each other but ‘ruthless to non-Muslims’ (Sura 48:29).