Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs

Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs

As sons of a Muslim muazzein (Islamic cleric), the Caner brothers have first-hand knowledge of the major beliefs and daily practices of Islamic life.

Now Christians, the Caners are in a unique position to present an insider s look at Muslim beliefs.

In a sympathetic yet honest presentation, the Caner brothers offer clear explanations of what is and what is not Islamic doctrine and the religion s impact on daily life.

Reviews of the Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs

Their story is both a compelling example of God's love and a sobering and informative trip through the world of Islam. The Caner's compelling story reminds us of the severe, often bloody, persecution faced today by fellow Christian's around the world, who have come to understand that all faiths are NOT the same, but that Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14 vs 6) I have read a few Christian books about Islam but this one stands out as being a thorough examination of all aspects of Muslim life and practice that a Christian seeking to witness would need to know.

For the most part the Caners present the same info on Islam that Ive gotten from other secular, Christian, and Islamic sources, although I believe theyre incorrect in arguing that Islam teaches that Judas, not Jesus, was crucified, since so far as I can tell, all the Quaran says is that they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but another was made to resemble him to them. Best I can tell, Islam, like Christianity, has some core beliefs that all true believers follow, surrounded by an enormous amount of minor theological differences even among the true believers, and on the far edges are a couple of fringe groups (the Nation of Islam, for a Muslim example, or the Mormons for Christians) who deny the fundamental tenants of the faith but still want to claim the label of Islam or Christianity. I suppose a liberal Christian who sees the Bible as primarily symbolic could have a brief theological conversation with a liberal Muslim who doesnt take the Quran any more seriously, and they might both walk away thinking they believe in the same god, but in my experience any serious Muslim and Christian holding a theological discussion of any depth at all will quickly figure out theyre following very, very different gods. Maybe there are American Muslims who dont actually see Christian beliefs as a huge offense against Allah, but the Muslims I have talked to definitely see the Christian god as another Jesus, to use the pertinent Biblical phrase. The Caners go on to add five more points Muslims would likely hold, with their recommended defense, some of which I find weak. For example, many Muslims claim that Muhammad was predicted in the Bible as the prophet like Moses foretold in Deuteronomy 18:18: "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him". The prophet in Deuteronomy 18:18 will be like Moses in that he will see God face to face, and serve as a mediator between God and the Israelites. Yes. For example, Moses fed the Israelites with manna when Jesus performed the miracle of the 5000, feeding over 5000 people with five loaves of barley and two fish, the Jews exclaimed, 'This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world. For that matter, all through the Bible God verifies his prophets by foretelling the future mostly If you do not repent, this will happen kind of stuff, but also some quite extensive prophecies that look far into the future. While the Old Testament is filled with prophecies regarding Jesus Christ, I have yet to run across one clearly pointing to Muhammad. So, while I would certainly point out that even unbelieving historians support the historical accuracy of the our copies of the Old and New Testaments, I would also say, all through the Bible, God demonstrates his presence via prophecy, recognizing the prophecy wont make any difference to those who reject Him, but giving that proof for those who have ears to hear. I guess my real problem with the Caners suggested defense is that they focus on man instead of God. As they themselves point out, the fundamental disagreement between Muslims and Christians is which god is the right one; the one in the Bible, or the one in the Quran.

Unveiling Islam is really not a very long book at 251 pages including the appendixes, but there is a lot packed into those pages.

This is one of the better books I've read discussing Islam from a Christian point of view.

But if you go back to each group's holy books (Bible and Koran) you can see clearly the stance of each group's leader (Jesus and Muhammed). One example, surah 9:29, "Fight those who believe not in Allah." Jesus said, "love the enemy. Jesus taught love and peace. It is the Muslim duty to bring world peace via the sword." Muslims are taught by the Koran and Allah's messenger to "fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them." (surah 9:5) Christians are taught to live at peace by Jesus and the Bible.

At the end of every chapter (practially literally, they might have forgotten one), these two take the time out to explain/show/'prove' why Christainity is 'better' than Islam and why Christianity is the 'true' faith. It's not until page 206 do they give their real underlying reason for writing the book: Entice Westerners read the Bible and become more invested/interested in their faith.

  • English

  • Religion

  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 251
  • Publish Date: August 19th 2002 by Kregel Publications
  • Isbn10: 0825424003
  • Isbn13: 9780825424007