بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Commentary, For brothers

The “bismalla” is a near-ritual utterance found in the Koran and in diverse places and times in the Islamic world; the “dar-al Islam” (the House of Islam.) It translates to something like “in the Name of God, the benevolent, the merciful.” It is found at the beginning of each sura in the Koran and in other places.

In my travels in the world* I have come across a lady, a patient in a hospital, who refused to allow a Muslim female health care worker to even touch her in the course of her duties. Said lady is a more than casual figure in a local Calvinist fellowship; she rooted her stupidity in her Christian faith. She thought she was doing God a favor by snubbing a Muslim. What folly both for her, and what evidence of stupidity in the rational and spiritual sense. What stupidity.

My point: He died for them. They do not see Him in the Koran, nor find him there. I am not saying they do. They are also not the caricature one can find from flavor-of-the-month Christian leaders. Nor are they the “religion of peace” anymore than Christianity can identify itself so.

All I urge you to do is be more complete in your understanding of these, and to not show contempt. You aren’t sinning by doing things by seeking a clear understanding. Your fellow Christians who speak Arabic use the word “Allah” for God, as your brothers south of the border know God as “Deos,” or your Russian friends use the word “Bog.” This is not rocket science.

In my library I have this in printed form; as well as a Koran which I’ve read a few times; I point you towards these resources so that you might, if you are so inclined or find yourself in such need, head for a clearer picture.

And to intercede if you can or feel you should; and be ready to give an answer as to why you have hope if you interact with one.

*which has included travel in an Islamic land.

  1. The Librarian says:

    Seriously, did the patient also disagree with the fact of a mathematical “zero,” because that also came from Arabic science? I can understand ignorance based on a sincere not-knowing; I have issues with ignorance based on a deliberate turning-aside from fact and history.

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