Discussing the Baha’i Faith with Muslims and Islam with Christians
Jane Kazeem of Suisun City, California, has gained confidence for discussing the Baha’i Faith with Muslims and Islam with Christians:
I have suspected for a while that teaching someone is sometimes easier if you begin with their Holy Book. . . . With Muslims, it seems quite often that they don’t want to hear about the Baha’i Faith at all. They only believe what’s in the Qur’an. So that’s what I use. In the process, sometimes I discover they really have no idea what’s in the Qur’an. It seems they haven’t read it. To me, it’s a wonderful thing to not only be able to tell them about Baha’u’llah, but help them learn what’s in the Qur’an. I believe the more they learn the Qur’an, the easier they’ll see that Baha’u’llah was exactly who He said He was. They’ll see that the Baha’i Faith does bring everyone together, no matter their background.
Now I know more about the Seal of the Prophets, the Oneness of God and His Messengers, His continuing Word. This course has definitely helped me to be better able to talk to Muslims and show them what the Qur’an says about Messengers after Muhammad, what Judgment Day means, and why the Seal of the Prophets verse was revealed. There are so many verses in the Qur’an that suddenly become clear when you realize they’re talking about a future messenger.
Another huge thing to me is being able to explain (or try to) the Qur’an to people who are totally hostile toward Islam. There is so much misinformation out there about Islam, Muslims, and the Qur’an. If I can help even just a few people see that Islam isn’t the religion of the devil, the Qur’an isn’t a book about how to kill people, and all Muslims aren’t terrorists, the time spent learning this will be well worth it. And I think I’m better able to attempt that now.
I now have more love and respect for Muhammad. The verses in the Qur’an showing how He had to defend Himself are so touching. “Say thou: ‘I am but a man like you: it is revealed to me by inspiration, that your Allah is One Allah: so stand true to Him, and ask for His forgiveness.'” (The Qur’an, Yusuf Ali, tr.), Surah 41, Verse 6). . . .
The Qur’an is more dear to me than it was before, and it’s been dear to me for quite a while. I love learning about it. I certainly value my new ability to actually quote some of the verses just off the top of my head! I’ll be glad when I can do it more.
I also need to be able to quote Baha’u’llah and what He says about the Qu’an more than I can now, so I’ve already registered for the course on the Kitab-i-Iqan and Gems of Divine Mysteries. And I’ve already ordered the books. I’m going to be such a wealth of knowledge!!