Islam has 99 names for Allah but not one of them is "Father." I still remember the day, at age 13, when I received the gospel account of John in the Urdu language. I liked reading and finished it in one day. I found that not only is Jesus different than what I was taught in Islam, but also God in his attributes is different. I knew God as our Rab, Lord, but not as Abba, Father. I didn’t come to accept what I learned in the Bible till later.
The Qur’an states, “None in the earth or heaven can come to Him but as a servant” (Sura 19:93). Muslims see Allah as the distant, impulsive Judge, not as our loving Father who takes delight in His children. Thus it is no surprise to see Muslims terrified of Allah. To fulfill His will, many employ terror and violence against others since they don’t know the God of love; they don’t know Jesus, the true prince of peace.
Allah of the Qur’an offers a master-slave relationship, while the God of the Bible offers adoption into a Father-child relationship. We are all children of God through Jesus (Galatians 3:26). In contrast to the Qur’an, we as followers of Jesus are told, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
We are “Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:13). Dear Friends, when the truth of this intimacy is imprinted on the mind of a Muslim, then there is no turning back to Islamic slavery and Jihadism.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, let us remember and pray for fathers across the Islamic world. May they know the love of our Father in Heaven available through Jesus, the only Savior.