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Oct 3, 2011

Muslim in the Midst

I’m sending out a request to my brothers and sisters in Christ today. I have come across an unexpected challenge in my life. For anyone that has visited here knows, I’m unapologetically Christian while respecting the right of other’s to choose differently. My path has crossed with that of someone who is of Muslim faith, which I know very little about. Since I believe that NO thing enters my life without the permission of God, I believe that our meeting is not without purpose.  However, I do not want to set up our encounters to be one debate. Can anyone of you share ideas/tips or your personal experience with a similar situation?

Thanks for your help.

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At October 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Wanda, this is a definite opportunity to "live your faith". I have many friends of different faiths, but I must tell you that I was thoroughly blessed by a Muslim I met in 2009. She came into my life in my role as caregiver. We had prayed for the right nurse during a very critical time. We have had every type of nurse over the years, but this was do or die (as in sent home to die) and we knew it. In the door walked this tiny woman, veiled. When she walked in, I knew she was the one. I can't even explain it. Out of her mouth came words of faith and life and her spirit was undeniably of God. We talked about our histories, about how God had helped us during our lifetime and how we serve the lives around us. Our connection flowed, no arguments, no battles against each other. It was and still is a time of acknowledging the miracles and the work of God unto His glory. She has been touched; I have been touched. I really believe that you will touch this life and be touched yourself. Go with the flow of God's spirit. You will look back and see the footprints of God all over this opportunity.

At October 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I do not believe we should argue our faith. We just live it and they will see it...I have not much experience with Muslims but non-believers are around me...

At October 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Alice Lynn Alfred said...

Dear friend ~ I know with any religion, or any person, religious or not, who does not know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, what will change them is the same thing that changes you and I.....the LOVE of God. Religion is all about "works" and proving you are ok based upon your behavior. Jesus is different because He is about love and grace and our works are NOTHING. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and show much grace....and talk of your LOVE for JESUS, and His GRACE....this will make any Muslim question their own faith....and though they may act defensive or self-righteous in the face of truth....God is at work. PS ~ thank you for the wonderful visit and comment over at my place!! Much love ~ alice

At October 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Wanda, I'm with BlueButterfly, there is a purpose in this meeting, and I think you already feel that. Build upon your common beliefs. You both believe in God, kindness, joy and living a good life. Talk and rejoice in your similarities. Remember that contention is of the devil and a spirit of debate and angry only furthers the unholy one's cause. Go forward in faith and Christ will be with you always. Much love and blessings to you!

At October 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

I'm sure God has sent this person into your life for a purpose, once you know what that purpose is then all will become clear.
With all faiths we all believe in God and that can't be bad can it?


At October 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Arlee Bird said...

I avoid arguing religion with others unless it's someone who is very close to me and we have a certain mutual playing field and respect for each other.

In your case I would learn as much as I could about Islam just in case the discussion ever arises. It's difficult to defend one's faith against someone who knows more about both. I think it is important to understand that Muslims reject the concept of the Trinity and that Jesus is part of the Godhead. They see Mohammed as more important than Jesus Christ and that is a pretty major difference.

If we can live in peace and mutual respect that's a great thing, but the differences in beliefs ultimately can cause friction.

Tossing It Out

At October 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Bluebutterfly, thanks for sharing your personal experience and words of wisdom.

Kim, I'm definitely not one to argue. I believe God can do a much better job that I ever could of defending Himself.

Alice, enjoyed my visit to your place and thanks for the sharing your insights with me.

Lisa, totally agree with what you said.

Yvonne, I agree that it's not without purposes. It just isn't always clear from the beginning.

Differing belief systems can cause contention. Thank you Arlee for sharing more about Islam. I plan to do a bit more research on it.

At October 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Praying for you, Wanda. Just had a discussion this evening at Stephen's Ministry Training about 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, especially verses 3-5 "When I came to you, I was weak and trembled all over with fear, and my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God's Spirit. Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God's power." God knows your heart and will guide your words.

At October 4, 2011 at 8:37 PM , OpenID wisdomvirtueandrubies said...

Wanda, I have recently met someone who was raised Muslim, but was exposed to Christianity by other family members. Today, she "borrows principles" from them both and incorporates them into her lifestyle. I've had some interesting conversations with her. I'm like you. I'm not well versed on their faith. However, I continue to be strong in the Lord before her. I know you are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. If He leads you into an opportunity to discuss faith, I know you will speak the truth in love. Love is truly the key. In the meantime, as you said, there's a reason for everything. If nothing else, you have an opportunity to be a picture of Christ in this person's presence.

At October 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM , Blogger lioneagle said...

Hi Wanda -

I have encountered Muslims who I have addressed as "Precious..."
It is important to glow with the love of our Father because He is love. Yes, we have different beliefs but love is core to our engagements.

I'm not familiar with how to effectively witness to them so the best that I can offer is that when I encounter them I love and respect them....

It may be a good idea to find a common demoninator, such as if they like to cook and you share that passion...

At October 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger LisaShaw said...

What a beautiful opportunity for you to live, show and extend Christs love in your connection with them. As one whose brother was a Muslim until over a year ago; I have been saved since I was 12 and he a Muslim since he was an upper teen; and I loved him and shared Christ verbally but EVEN MORE in my walk before him so that he'd see Christ love at work. He is not saved YET but he is no longer a Muslim. He is searching/seeking and I know he is ripe for falling into the arms of God. It was me who he called to say he was no longer a Muslim and asked me to pray for him. He said, "Sis you've always lived your faith out loud with love". That's humbling and it's the key Wanda. Live your faith out loud with love!

Praying for you as God uses you to touch the person He's allowed to enter your life.


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