CHARLOTTE, NC, April 23, 2014 – A funny thing happened at an Easter mass in France on Sunday. Worshippers in a full church were shocked when a man got up from his pew, laid a carpet at the left of the altar during Easter services and began praying and reciting verses from the Koran.
The story, which received virtually no coverage in the press, would have been an international uproar that likely would have led to violence throughout the Islamic world had the roles been reversed. The ramifications of a Christian invading a mosque during Islamic services is irrefutable, yet when a Muslim disrupted proceedings during Christianity’s holiest day of the year, it was completely ignored.
While it might appear to be a random act of some disturbed individual, the implications are considerably deeper and almost completely unknown to Western observers.
According to some Muslim believers, Easter is nothing more than a Christian Bid’ah. When translated the word Bid’ah means “innovation.” In other words, the claim is that Easter is a religious practice that is completely made up by Christians and, therefore, forbidden in Islam.
Further research reveals that according to the Koran, Jesus Christ, and the other prophets before him, were actually Muslims. Now there’s a revelation you probably didn’t expect, yet the words are clearly stated in Koranic texts. Many politically correct Christians, as well as Islamic apologists, will proudly explain, primarily as a means of creating a false sense of security, that Christ is recognized as a great prophet in Islam.
The statement is true, but incomplete. Closer analysis demonstrates that it is really nothing more than another example of tawriya, the Muslim practice of saying one thing that appears to mean something else.
According to Islam there is only one God and only one religion. Since the word Islam means “submission” which is total obedience to God, then all prophets must be Muslims because Muslims are true submitters to the will of the Creator.
The proof lies in several passages from the Koran. Surah 3:19 says, “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam. Those to whom the Scriptures were given disagreed among themselves, through insolence, only after knowledge had been vouchsafed them. He that denies God’s revelations should know that swift is God’s reckoning.”
Later in the same chapter the Koran says, “When Jesus observed that they had no faith, he said” ‘Who will help me in the cause of God?’ The disciples replied: ‘We are God’s helpers. We believe in God. Bear witness that we submit (emphasis added) to Him. Lord, we believe in Your revelations and follow the apostle. Count us among Your witnesses.’” (Surah 3:52)
One of the key features of Islamic beliefs is justification. The phrases above clearly “justify” their perspectives, especially since they are documented within the text of their Holy Book which is regarded as perfect.
Islamists get further reinforcement several verses later in Surah 3:85 which says, “He that chooses a different religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will surely be among the losers.”
Those are not comforting words for Christians or believers in other religions, but they contain powerful principles for true believers of Islam.
Finally, in Surah 5:11 the Koran reiterates an earlier statement by saying, “…when I enjoined the disciples to believe in Me and to My apostle, they replied, ‘We believe; bear witness that we submit.’” (Emphasis added)
The implications are obvious. They are also frightening, for they give all the credibility necessary for a Muslim to pursue his goal of world domination. A Muslim can, in essence, accept the prophecy of Christ while, at the same time, claim that Christ, in order to be a legitimate prophet was required to “submit” to God. Since “submission” is the very definition of Islam, it is difficult to reason with a Muslim about Christian beliefs.
Furthermore, Muhammad was the last prophet. Muslims believe Muhammad was the perfect man who wrote the perfect text, the Koran, which guides them through every aspect of life.
So is it really any surprise when a Muslim disrupts an Easter service with prayers and readings from the Koran? From an Islamic point of view, probably not.
The greater befuddlement is why the media didn’t even bother to report it to better inform its reader.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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