Written by a pastor who was born to a Muslim father and raised in Saudi Arabia, Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating, easy-to-understand overview that will show you: Why the background behind the Koran is important How the Koran came into existence A summary of the main teachings of the Koran, including what it says about Jesus and the crucifixion Similarities and differences between Muslim and Christian views of God What the Koran teaches about Jihad and holy war What the Koran teaches about heaven and hell.
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I found this to be an excellent introduction to Islam and the Koran. The author was raised as a Muslim and converted to Christianity. He seems very well-versed in the Koran and Islamic thinking, but does not gloss over the contradictions either within the Koran or between it and the Bible, and his Biblical thinking to this non-expert but reasonably well-versed Christian is sound.
He explains the basis for militant Islam, but also contrasts it to the devout Allah-seeking Muslim faithfully following the Koran as a means to attain mercy. I read the Kindle version, but at pages in hardcover copy, it is filled with information without being a heavy read. It is informative without being offensive to Muslims as he supports all of his statements with citations from the Koran and from the Bible. I highly recommend it. I bought this book in view of the latest global events involving radical Muslim groups.
My intention was to try to understand why there is so much hatred, bloodshed and radical views that some claim are due to the Koran. I did learn a lot reading this book, especially about the interrelationship that happened between Mohammed and the Jewish and Christian population at the time.
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They seem to be good neighbors at the time. My humble opinion lies in the interpretation of the scriptures. There are non-aggressive pacifist Muslims that interpreted the Koran in a way and there are the radicals who read it in a different way. A similar situation happened with the Catholic Church in the middle ages. The inquisition is known to all of us, but human kind learned from these events.
My only hope is that this radicalism does not take years to realize that there are other ways to spread the word. It is so well-written and understandable, that it provides undeniable truth to understanding what being a Muslim entails and why they are so devout in their belief system. It explains why the Koran is held in such high esteem since they believe it contains words directly from God Allah to his prophet written in God's language.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I am so glad I found this book. I appreciate the knowledge of this man. I am glad that he has been a believer of both religions in his life. This really helped me to understand The history and teachings have a religion that I can only say I know anything about because of what I hear on the news or read from Muslim friends posts on Facebook. I appreciate the fact that he showed both comparisons and contrasts between the Koran and the Bible.
It gives me a lot to think about the next time the subject comes up in a conversation. The information presented in this book is very respectfully done. Why is it important?
Muslims believe the Koran exists as a literal book in heaven and was dictated to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is only the length of the New Testament, yet a fifth of the world claims it is the complete revelation of God. To most Americans, though, the Koran remains a mystery. Did you know that the Koran teaches the virgin birth and miracle-filled, prophetic ministry of Jesus? Claims to fully embrace his teachings?
Reveres Abraham, Moses, Jonah, and other biblical prophets? Today, those who read and memorize it may work in your town, shop where you shop, or send their children to the same school your kids attend. While some similarities exist between the Koran and the Bible, the differences are striking.
Written by a pastor who was born to a Muslim father and raised in Saudi Arabia, Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating, easy-to-understand overview that will show you: Discussion questions enable you to use this book in group studies. He has served in a church in Colorado and currently serves as senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in the Midwest.
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