Praying for Muslims

Open Doors, an organization aiming to help persecuted Christians in the Muslim world is organizing a prayer event before Ramadan.  Open Doors also runs the annual 30 day of prayers for Muslims during Ramadan, with participants from all over the world, as well as in Europe.


Reducing the fear of Islam, increasing love for Muslims

Prayer events and seminars from sunrise until midnight at St Aldates Church, Oxford

Around the world millions of Christians face persecution for their faith, many in Muslim societies. Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, pioneered the way for Church in the West to reach out to its persecuted family in love, prayer and commitment. Brother Andrew advocates a fresh and dynamic approach to Muslims characterised by the acronym, I.S.L.A.M. — I Sincerely Love All Muslims.

By distinguishing between Islam as an ideology and Muslims as human beings, we seek to reduce the fear of Islam and increase Christians' love for Muslims, for our Lord Jesus commands and enables us to love all people, and the Apostle Paul notes that 'perfect love drives out fear'.

Sunday 31st August is the day before the beginning of Ramadan (the Muslim month of fasting). Take an honest look at some of the challenges posed by Islam today and join us as we seek to love, bless and pray for Muslim people in Britain and around the world.

Source: Open Doors (English)


Mark Tapson said...

"We seek to reduce the fear of Islam and increase Christians' love for Muslims."

The problem is not an irrational fear of Islam or a lack of Christian love for Muslims. The problem is that militant Islam is waging violent, worldwide jihad with the openly expressed intent to convert, subjugate, or put to death all Christians and other non-Muslims. The problem does not lie with Christians, and "the challenges posed by Islam today" will not be solved by loving Muslims more or praying for them more. The jihadists are not impressed or swayed by Christian love or turning the other cheek. The problem will be solved by actively CONFRONTING jihad militarily, economically, and philosophically, like we confronted Communism and Nazism.

Anonymous said...

big shaker: On a local level "an irrational fear of Islam or a lack of Christian love for Muslims" is a problem. I sense it in people I know well.

"The jihadists" (whoever they are) may not be impressed or swayed by Christian love or turning the other cheek, but some people will be.

Mark Tapson said...


I didn't say no one feared Islam - many justifiably do - or that there aren't Westerners who don't love Muslims. I said that these attitudes are not the problem. The problem is that militant Islam is waging war on the West; trying to encourage more Christian love and less suspicion is not the solution. Any fear or suspicion on the part of Westerners would be enormously relieved, if not eliminated, by eradicating violent jihad.

By the way, I don't mean to dismiss Christian love. It's a force of unimaginable power for love and peace in the world. And there are former jihadists who have rejected their brainwashed way of life and embraced Christianity. So yes, a tiny minority have been swayed by Christian love.

Not sure what you mean by the comment "'jihadists' (whoever they are)." If you are saying it's hard to know who is a jihadist and who is not, then I would agree that that is often a problem; if you're questioning whether jihadists exist at all, then I really don't know what to say to that.

Anonymous said...

This is sooooo the wrong approach. Our best weapon against Islam is Christianity. Christians are the ones only whose ideology is respected enough and that is not necessarily divided along party lines, who have the numbers, who have the cohesiveness (although they could defiitely stand to work on that), the electoral pull, the organization, and the money to defeat Islam. It shouldn't be a political issue anymore than defeating Nazism was a political issue. Defeating Nazism, btw, was the last time the left was in favor of the US going to war; it would be naive to assume that the fact that we were in cahoots with Stalin was a coincidence, but I digress (frequently).

"Christianity is the best, and maybe the only, chance we have of defeating Islam. Just earlier I said that our main problem was organizational. Christians have that solved and have, many times, exerted social and political pressure. Christians bring a certain mass to the solution. Just imagine what could happen if Christian intelligence, communications, organizational skills, morale and capital could be brought to bear. Christianity must realize that this is live-or-die as a civilization and there are only two choices—war or annihilation. See Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa for what an annihilated Christianity looks like." -Bill Warner


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Fahri said...

“Say: We believe in Allah and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve sons of Jacob, and what was given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between them and to Him (Allah) we have submitted (in Islam).” [Qur’an Ali-Imran 3:84]

We can put any religion or system of beliefs to test by examining whether it is rational, universal, applicable at all times, in all places, and by people of all colors and languages, and whether the religion’s Scripture is free of alteration, internal and external inconsistencies. A scripture is internally inconsistent if it contains discrepancies and contradictions within its text, and externally inconsistent if it contradicts facts (not theories) from science and nature as we know them. For it is impossible that God does not know His creation or that which He creates.

“Say: O followers of the Book! come to an equitable proposition between us and you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that) we shall not associate aught with Him, and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords besides Allah; but if they turn back, then say: Bear witness that we are Muslims.” [Qur’an Ali-Imran 3:64]

Daphne said...

The Koran is not consistent. Firstly all alternative copies of the Koran were burnt so that there would not be any contradiction in the text.
Also there is the Law of Abrogation. You cannot have a law of abrogation unless there are contradictions. Muhammad just made it up as he went along.
What is the punishment for adultery? In the Koran it says flogging but in Iran & Saudi Arabia they prefer to stone the adulterer. Why? Because in the hadiths stoning is the way and there is a piece of the Koran that was eaten by a goat that says stoning is the islamic way.
If Islam is applicable at all times how should we treat the adulterer. Stone them or flog them? Such an atrocious choice could only have come from Satan.