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The night when angels and the Spirit come down ... Really?

By Steven Masood on 04/17/2021

In Islam, ‘Laylat Al Qadr’ – the night of power, is traditionally celebrated during the last nights of the month of Ramadan, particularly on the odd nights (ie. the 23rd, 25th and 27th). Muslims worldwide spend the last ten nights of Ramadan in solid devotion, retreating to the mosque to read the Qur'an (i'tikaf) and reciting special supplications (du'a). Many Muslims pray continuously during the night to God for mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. This practice is also sometimes called Ihya’ – (revival, and to spend the night in prayer).

Fasting: The Jesus Way

By Steven Masood on 04/11/2021

Does God approve of our Fasting? Do Christians Fast? What is the Biblical perspective of Fasting?  Every year Muslims in the world fast in a particular way in the month of Ramadan.According to The Fiqh Council of North America, Ramadan starts this year 2021, April 13.
The traditions of Islam teach that during this month God gives Muslims a chance to double their rewards so to have much wider chance to get into the paradise. Muslims ask for His pardon for their past sins and conduct other meritorious behavior. Every act of kindness, prayer, giving, fasting and anything else that a Muslim can possibly do to please God, is expected. Since there is no assurance of salvation by grace for the 1.6 billion Muslims on earth, they hope to do more works as prescribed in the Islamic law so to have more chances on the Day of Judgement.

The Qur’an avoids the subject of the Passover

By Steven Masood on 03/27/2021

The Qur’an features Moses’ confrontations with Pharaoh 27 times in the first 89 of its 114 chapters. However, not even once in the exodus saga accounted in the Quran is there any mention of the Passover. Readers of both the Bible and the Qur’an soon find out that although there are passages in the Qur’an that refer to the laws of Moses (directly as well as indirectly), the subject of sacrificial law, the offerings, and their purpose has been avoided. The Qur’an completely ignored the tenth sign God gave Moses, stating that God “had certainly given Moses nine evident signs” and then, tongue in cheek and in the same breath, tells the reader to go and “ask the Children of Israel” (Sura 17:101).

Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the Bible is corrupted?

By Steven Masood on 03/01/2021

Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the Bible is corrupted?

Even though the Qur'an states there is “guidance and light” in the Torah (Sura 5:43), many Muslims often quote Jeramiah 8:8 as proof that the Torah has been “corrupted.” The text says: “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” (Jeremiah 8:8)

It is important to look at the context. The above verses are part of Jeremiah's "Temple Address" in Jeremiah 7:1-10:25. The first important clue is that God through the prophet Jeremiah states in verse 7: "My people do not KNOW the requirements of the LORD.” He does NOT say that they do not HAVE them. Then in verse 8, he takes up the false security of those scribes who claim that they have the law, although they do not obey it and distort it with their false interpretations. The next verse gives us the context of how legitimate these scribes were: "The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9)

Peace on earth and good will between men

By Steven Masood on 12/04/2020

It’s that time of year, once again, when we hear people saying, “Peace on earth and good will between men.”  This constant refrain in songs and conversations is uttered by many from all quarters at this time of year.  However, what's interesting is that many people don't know that this quotation is actually a passage from the Bible. And even many Christians, sad to say, don't know what it really means.