In the name of Allah, the Beneficient,the Merciful
Whether you're a newcomer to Islam, a Muslim or Muslim Revert who is rediscovering true Islam for the first time, someone who is simply interested in the faith which claims over two billion followers worldwide, or a researcher, educator, student or writer, this website presents authoritative Islamic Answers to Questions about Islam from both Muslims and non-Muslims.
A GUIDE TO MISSIONARY
This guide is intended to improve awareness about the
tactics used by some groups and cults. The tactics of
missionaries and missionary groups may vary, but there are
some basic guidelines to keep in mind that will be helpful in
dealing with them.
missionaries attempt to develop a rapport with their subject
without divulging their own religious affiliation or
intention. As an example to make making them seem less
"Christian" missionaries are coached by their superiors to
avoid using words such as "Christ", "savior" or "baptize" (or
Bahaullah or Mirza Ghulam Qadiani).
If you are not sure about the religious identity of the
stranger who begins talking to you about religion, ask him
directly about his beliefs and agenda. Be suspicious of an
indirect answer. Remember these people aren't interested in
dialogue or trying to improve Anglo-Muslim links but are often
in SECURE PAID EMPLOYMENT to Sell Christianity (or Bahaism or
talking to a Muslim about religion, a missionary may attempt
to elicit as many "I don't know" responses as possible, in
order to establish his superiority in matters of religion.
Don't allow yourself to be intimidated!
Remember, the missionary has studied Islamic beliefs for
the sole purpose to sell Christianity to Muslims (i.e. they
only follow a template given to them and do not have an
overall understanding of Islam). Their hearts are sealed and
they are no longer interested in truth. Keep in mind that he
is not speaking to you in order to exchange ideas, but rather
to create as much doubt in your mind and lead you away from
your faith. If you want to learn more about the Quran, do so
from someone who doesn't have hidden motives. Therefore, feel
free to simply end the conversation and walk away.
Remember that many of these questions and associations they
are trying to sell have been debunked many times by more
learned Muslims. If they were interested in dialogue the would
be speaking to respected elders and community leaders
exploring common ground improving understanding and faith in
the community, but all one sees are the often the same
question again to unsuspecting victims. Ask yourself what do
they hope to gain?
However, some of you may want to listen to their arguments
and then learn the Muslim response, in order to be better
prepared for future encounters. One must also remember that
many missionaries intentionally go into Muslim areas (in
Britain) so they train themselves and create the most
seductive "Sales Pitch" they can manage. Once they have
finished there training in salesmanship they will target
unsuspecting Muslims (the lonely, vulnerable and weak) lacking
The following pointers should give you a basic idea of what
to look for.
missionary may tell you that he (or a Christian friend or
acquaintance) was once a Muslim, or that he had a solid Muslim
education, a traditional Muslim family life, etc. This is
almost always a lie, so don't let him fool you. The hidden
message that he is attempting to convey is that he came to
accept Christianity after knowing and overcoming all of the
Muslim objections (Jesus being son of god, Bible being
corrupted by man etc.), and therefore, why should you bother
to check it out?
He may drop certain Islamic phrases or talk about the
details of his "traditional" Muslim upbringing, in order to
lend more credence to his story. In fact, his "memory" is
often the result of careful coaching.
The missionary might tell you that he knows the Islamic
objections to his arguments, and will then proceed to show how
such objectives are ill-founded. Don't expect to hear the real
Islamic response from such a source.
GOOD, BAD OR
Don't be taken in by the "good cop -
bad cop" routine. This routine involves a "bad cop" who
threatens the subject, and a "good cop" who protects him from
the "bad cop". The subject is so grateful to the "good cop",
and so worried about losing the good-will of his protector,
that he invariably shows his appreciation by telling the "good
cop" what he wants to hear. In similar fashion, the "good"
Christian talks about how much he loves and respects Muslims,
while denouncing the "bad" Christians who hate and have
persecuted Muslims. The naive and ones lacking in knowledge of
Christian history and bigotry will feel grateful to the "good
cop", and may automatically judge him to be a friend and
reliable ally. Watch out for hidden motives behind such
WHO BELIEVES IN THE SON OF
At the outset, the missionary will
talk about his belief that Jesus is the Messiah. Many Muslims
don't find out until later, often after they have joined a
Christian friendship group, that their fundamental belief is
that Jesus is god. Any talk about "the Messiah" or "son of
god" is merely a cover for that belief, basic to Christianity
. However, since such a concept is repugnant in Islam, this
most basic belief of Christianity is glossed over as much as
possible when missionaries talk to Muslims.
Don't be impressed by the claim that
Christians have 50, or 100, or 300 "proofs" that they are
correct in their claims about Jesus. As proof after proof is
shown to be meaningless, the missionary will hide behind his
numbers, as if to say: "Well, we have so many more proofs,
what's the difference if you can disprove some of them". He
will attempt to "split the difference" with you: "Well, even
if half our proofs prove nothing, we still have another 25 or
50, or 150". Remember, all of their proofs can be shown to be
untenable. Keep in mind that a faulty point is not worth 50%
of a good point, or 25%, or 10%. It is worthless. The simple
mathematics are: 50 x 0 = 0, 100 x 0 = 0, 300 x 0 = 0.
Very often, the reasoning used by
Christian missionaries is circular. That is, the "proof" only
points to something if you believe it in the first place, and
therefore there is no proof at all.
aware of the problem of mistranslating. A person who is not
familiar with Arabic can be lead to accept a mistranslating
which puts a Christian "twist" on a verse that never had such
a meaning in the original. If you can't check it out yourself,
talk to a reliable person who can. Remember, it is no
coincidence that the Muslims of past generations, who were
much better versed in the Arabic, never had any serious
problems refuting Christian missionary arguments.
In addition beware of Christian Translations of the Quran,
many date from sixteenth to the eighteenth century with the
sole intention to discredit Islam.
Please keep in mind ANY translation (interpretation) of the
Quran will most definitely contain errors from its natural
language (Arabic), the Quran is the direct Word of Allah (God)
to mankind through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Any translation of the Quran no longer retains that 'official'
and perfect status, however it can be tremendously helpful to
beginning students wanting to learn more about Islam.
We would strongly encourage those wanting to learn about
Islam to purchase a copy of the Quran but with the following
||get one with commentary
||make sure the tafseer is
scholarly (e.g. references to reasons behind a verse,
references to hadith and sunnah, etc.).|
QUOTING OUT OF
Often a verse will be quoted to you
that has been taken entirely out of context. When the entire
chapter that contains that verse is read, it becomes clear
that it does not corroborate the Missionary.
Conclusion : Selling Timeshare or Christshare? (or
Qadianism or Bahaism)
You may recognize many of the tactics used by some
Missionaries in selling their faith as they have similarities
to disreputable Timeshare and Double glazing salesman, and
this raises some interesting points:
||Why would one propagate
faith in such a deceitful and underhanded way, is it
||God will not aid ones
seeking the true path?|
||A bad product is
difficult to sell unless you dupe someone?|
RIDICULE There is a very large number of
publications by Muslims explaining Islam in plain and simple
English. Look in any public library for books on Islam, a
large proportion of them will be by orientalists and Christian
missionaries, what do you think motivates someone to write a
book on a subject one does not believe in and an area that has
been already covered by numerous other books?
Remember Christian "Translations" of the Quran whose sole
intention was to discredit Islam.
CRUSADES Butchered everyone including
defenseless women and children or any one else that got in
there way. Although it has taken many hundreds of years
Crusaders have improved they now only kill some women and RAPE
THE REST. The twentieth centuary has seen "Ethnic Cleansing"
replace the word Crusade, in 1996 one of the youngest recorded
victim of rape in Bosnia was a baby of 4 Months old. Many
women and children had two of there fingers severed by the
Serbs so that the three remaining fingers would remind them of
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)