#5 Pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj)
Hajj is mandatory only once in lifetime for Muslims who are physically able and financially capable. The following is a short excerpt from my book, The Three Abrahamic Testaments :
“The pilgrims spend time in remembrance of God, supplications, and deeds of charity; they avoid major and minor sins. The experience is considered a purification of mind and soul, and pilgrims after performing the Hajj are said to be as pure as a newborn.”
Having just returned from Hajj myself, I can testify to every single word I wrote before I had embarked on this indescribable journey.
I have not been able to find pilgrimage to Makkah in the Bible, though there is Muslim belief that the pilgrimage to Makkah is in the tradition of Abraham. (Ka’aba, the holiest site in Islam, was built by Abraham and Ishmael).
#6. Assalamo Alaikum
You may have heard the Muslim greeting, Assalamo Alaikum, which means ‘peace be unto you’. And you think this is an Islamic greeting.
But is it really?
The Jewish greeting Shalom is the Hebrew cognate of Salaam in Arabic. Jesus himself also practiced this greeting of peace. Gospel of Luke refers to the greeting when he appeared to the stunned villagers after crucifixion. The Arabic Gospel use practically the same word as the “Islamic” Assalamo Alaikum.
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Luke 24:36
#7 Insha’Allah ( God Willing)
You may have heard Muslims saying, Insha’Allah when referring to something they intend to do. Once again, Insha’Allah, which literally means God willing was used by Jesus frequently.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
The “Lord’s will” is translated as Insha al Raab in Arabic gospels. “Raab” is a frequently used reference by Muslims to refer to God as the Lord.
Do you agree that Prophet Jesus taught “Islam”? Are Prophet Muhammad’s teachings the same as (or similar to) those of Prophet Jesus?
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