Our Father Abraham

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father . . .” (Isaiah 51:1) Abraham is seen as the Patriarch by followers of three of the major world religions, […]

Peace & violence in Islam & Christianity

At a recent debate organised by the Islamic Propagation Centre (Lenasia, 27 June 2009), the Muslim speaker suggested that God’s instructions to Israel to ‘utterly destroy’ the inhabitants of Canaan and to ‘kill everything that breathes’ is no less violent than anything the Koran is so often accused of propagating. At the same debate someone […]

Does the Quraan teach Muslims to read the Bible?

Does the Quraan mention the Bible? The Quraan speaks in numerous places of the Taurat (Law of Moses) and the Injil(Gospel of Jesus). For example in Surat al-Maida 5.68: Say: “O People of the Book! You have no ground to stand upon unless you stand firm by the Taurat, the Injil and all the revelation that has come to you […]

God’s promise to Abraham

“And the Almighty said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I intend to do; seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and that all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him?’” (Genesis 18: 17-18) Jews and Arabs alike are proud to have Abraham as their father, but many […]

More than a prophet – only Jesus is ‘al masih’

également en Français   The Qur’an speaks of 124,000 prophets, 315 apostles or messengers, but only one ‘al-Masih’. What is the meaning of al-Masih? What makes Jesus (Isa) different to all the prophets, apostles and messengers of God, and why is he alone given this unique title? This mystery was revealed to successive prophets over many hundreds […]

Farida before the Magistrate

Dieselfde in Afrikaans beskikbaar Farida’s husband died when she was 42 years old leaving her with a small sum of money, the motor-car and 5 children – of which 4 were still at school. Farida tried by whatever means to keep her children fed and to meet the cost of their education. Her family could […]

Jews and Arabs unite in Messiah

“I pray … that all of them will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me … May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent […]