Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics: 100 Questions and Answers

Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics: 100 Questions and Answers

Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics: 100 Questions and Answers

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Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics: 100 Questions and Answers

Inside Islam


A Guide for Catholics


Daniel Ali and Robert


Spencer


West Chester, Pennsylvania Copyright © 2003 Ascension Press,


LLC


All rights reserved.


With the exception of short excerpts


used in articles and critical reviews, no


part of this work may be reproduced,


transmitted, or stored in any form


whatsoever, printed or electronic,


without the prior written permission of


the publisher.


Ascension Press Post Office Box 1990


West Chester, PA 19380


Orders: (800) 3760520


Cover design: Kinsey Caruth


Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 978-0-9659228-5-2 Abbreviations


Old Testament


Gn = Genesis


Sng = Song of Songs


Ex = Exodus


Wis = Wisdom


Lv = Leviticus


Sir = Sirach


Nm = Numbers


Is = Isaiah


Dt = Deuteronomy


Jer = Jeremiah


Jos = Joshua


Lam = Lamentations


Jgs = Judges


Bar = Baruch


Ru = Ruth


Ez = Ezekiel 1 Sam = 1 Samuel


Dn = Daniel


2 Sam = 2 Samuel


Hos = Hosea


1 Kgs = 1 Kings


Jl = Joel


2 Kgs = 2 Kings


Am = Amos


1 Chr = 1 Chronicles


Ob = Obadiah


2 Chr = 2 Chronicles


Jon = Jonah


Ezr = Ezra


Mi = Micah


Neh = Nehemiah


Na = Nahum


Tb = Tobit


Hb = Habakkuk


Jdt = Judith Zep = Zephaniah


Est = Esther


Hg = Haggai


Jb = Job


Zec = Zechariah


Ps = Psalms


Mal = Malachi


Prv = Proverbs


1Mc = 1 Maccabees


Eccl = Ecclesiastes


2Mc = 2 Maccabees


New Testament


Mt = Matthew


1 Tm = 1 Timothy


Mk = Mark


2 Tm = 2 Timothy


Lk = Luke


Ti = Titus Jn = John


Phlm = Philemon


Acts = Acts


Heb = Hebrews


Rom = Romans


Jas = James


1 Cor = 1 Corinthians


1 Pt = 1 Peter 2


Cor = 2 Corinthians


2 Pt = 2 Peter


Gal = Galatians


1 Jn = 1 John


Eph = Ephesians


2 Jn = 2 John


Phil = Philippians


3 Jn = 3 John


Col = Colossians


Jude = Jude


1 Thess = 1 Thessalonians Rv = Revelation


2 Thess = 2 Thessalonians


CCC = Catechism of the Catholic


Church Foreword


Islam glories in the clear simplicity of its doctrine and


demands. The faith of the Muslim can be understood by the


least educated person, and the religion offers a promise of


eternal happiness in a paradise appealing to the senses.


Muslims criticize Christianity for a number of reasons, but


chief among them is that Christianity is too complex a


mystery to be true. Furthermore, the belief in a heaven


where the blessed see God face to face seems blasphemous


to the Muslim.


Despite Islam’s profession of a simple, clear faith, this


religion is not well known to most Westerners. The media


presents many news stories about Muslims without offering


any real explanation of Islam and its tenets. Rarely does one


encounter an article or program which explains the essential


differences between secular Arab nationalism and Islamic


religious movements. Many Western Christians remain


unclear about the differences between the various Muslim


sects: How do Sunni and Shiite differ? What are Wahhabi


Muslims?


Since the conflicts in the Middle East have involved


America in two wars and terrorism has inflicted horrors


upon our own shores and abroad, the sale of the Koran in its


English translation has greatly increased in the United


States. Many American Christians want to better understand


Islam but find that the more closely they approach this


enigmatic faith, the more complex it seems. Since the Koran


is not organized chronologically or thematically, it is


Inside Islam


A Guide for Catholics


Daniel Ali and Robert


Spencer


West Chester, Pennsylvania Copyright © 2003 Ascension Press,


LLC


All rights reserved.


With the exception of short excerpts


used in articles and critical reviews, no


part of this work may be reproduced,


transmitted, or stored in any form


whatsoever, printed or electronic,


without the prior written permission of


the publisher.


Ascension Press Post Office Box 1990


West Chester, PA 19380


Orders: (800) 3760520


Cover design: Kinsey Caruth


Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 978-0-9659228-5-2 Abbreviations


Old Testament


Gn = Genesis


Sng = Song of Songs


Ex = Exodus


Wis = Wisdom


Lv = Leviticus


Sir = Sirach


Nm = Numbers


Is = Isaiah


Dt = Deuteronomy


Jer = Jeremiah


Jos = Joshua


Lam = Lamentations


Jgs = Judges


Bar = Baruch


Ru = Ruth


Ez = Ezekiel 1 Sam = 1 Samuel


Dn = Daniel


2 Sam = 2 Samuel


Hos = Hosea


1 Kgs = 1 Kings


Jl = Joel


2 Kgs = 2 Kings


Am = Amos


1 Chr = 1 Chronicles


Ob = Obadiah


2 Chr = 2 Chronicles


Jon = Jonah


Ezr = Ezra


Mi = Micah


Neh = Nehemiah


Na = Nahum


Tb = Tobit


Hb = Habakkuk


Jdt = Judith Zep = Zephaniah


Est = Esther


Hg = Haggai


Jb = Job


Zec = Zechariah


Ps = Psalms


Mal = Malachi


Prv = Proverbs


1Mc = 1 Maccabees


Eccl = Ecclesiastes


2Mc = 2 Maccabees


New Testament


Mt = Matthew


1 Tm = 1 Timothy


Mk = Mark


2 Tm = 2 Timothy


Lk = Luke


Ti = Titus Jn = John


Phlm = Philemon


Acts = Acts


Heb = Hebrews


Rom = Romans


Jas = James


1 Cor = 1 Corinthians


1 Pt = 1 Peter 2


Cor = 2 Corinthians


2 Pt = 2 Peter


Gal = Galatians


1 Jn = 1 John


Eph = Ephesians


2 Jn = 2 John


Phil = Philippians


3 Jn = 3 John


Col = Colossians


Jude = Jude


1 Thess = 1 Thessalonians Rv = Revelation


2 Thess = 2 Thessalonians


CCC = Catechism of the Catholic


Church Foreword


Islam glories in the clear simplicity of its doctrine and


demands. The faith of the Muslim can be understood by the


least educated person, and the religion offers a promise of


eternal happiness in a paradise appealing to the senses.


Muslims criticize Christianity for a number of reasons, but


chief among them is that Christianity is too complex a


mystery to be true. Furthermore, the belief in a heaven


where the blessed see God face to face seems blasphemous


to the Muslim.


Despite Islam’s profession of a simple, clear faith, this


religion is not well known to most Westerners. The media


presents many news stories about Muslims without offering


any real explanation of Islam and its tenets. Rarely does one


encounter an article or program which explains the essential


differences between secular Arab nationalism and Islamic


religious movements. Many Western Christians remain


unclear about the differences between the various Muslim


sects: How do Sunni and Shiite differ? What are Wahhabi


Muslims?


Since the conflicts in the Middle East have involved


America in two wars and terrorism has inflicted horrors


upon our own shores and abroad, the sale of the Koran in its


English translation has greatly increased in the United


States. Many American Christians want to better understand


Islam but find that the more closely they approach this


enigmatic faith, the more complex it seems. Since the Koran


is not organized chronologically or thematically, it is


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