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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


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    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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