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My choices were suddenly, unpredictably, and inexplicably reduced to just two: He made no comment about the fact that we were not Muslims, and he didn’t preach anything to us about his religious beliefs. This, I think is a valid source to be included in the article.

Jerald F. Dirks (Author of Muslims in American History)

Before Jamal left that afternoon, he asked if he might: With saying that one word, all the intellectual word jedald were now behind me. And yet Muhammad and his followers expect us to accept their reasons for venerating an idol stone which the pagans themselves honored and worshiped! This is why Allah said here…. Are you an author? This list is not designed to be very biographical.

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Alternatively, since the page owners are theoretically here to enjoy improving the page rather than getting off on newbie-biting gatekeeping, they’re welcome to go to the linked page and pull over sources to cross the Ts and dot the Is on the policy they’re so interested in.

While he repeatedly removes content from this article, citing sources as the reason even though he fails to provide evidencehe does not allow for anything to be deleted from the other article and have engaged in an edit war to suppress details of Christians converting to Islam, but exaggerate claims of Muslims converting to Christianity. I knew only that he appeared to have acquired a solid seminary education, and that he sang in the local church choir every Sunday.


Islam, like Judaism and several branches of early Christianity, jsrald a strict [ sic ] and uncompromising [ sic ] monotheism, with God being seen as One and Indivisible. It was all handled as an intellectual exercise, not as proselytizing.

This page is not a forum for general discussion about List of converts to Islam from Christianity. No special action is required regarding these talk page notices, other than regular verification using the archive tool instructions below. I also became the regular “preacher” during the annual Youth Sunday service. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat I had uerald choose, and I had to choose now; it was just that simple.

It seems like an attempt by Jobas to try and divert the issue. I suppose that I could have raised that question with Jamal or with Khalid, but I wasn’t ready to take that step. Nonetheless, don’t be overly troubled by these sacrifices.

It was easy, it was familiar, and it was comfortable. Some of those sacrifices are less predictable. Rather, the Spirit created the human nature that Jesus would come to possess by entering into the womb of the blessed virgin so that he could become an actual flesh and blood human being. I prayed regularly, my belief in a supreme deity remained solid and secure, and I conducted my personal life in line with the ethics I had once been taught in church and Sunday school.

High to Low Avg. But those ye call upon besides Him, are unable to help you, and indeed to help themselves. This means that Gabriel must be Allah since he can do what Allah does such as create and give life!


Praise be to Allah, I answered, “N’am”. Muslims in American History: Such information devolves obligation on all those whom it reaches, even if they may not fully comprehend its significance.

An elderly friend who spoke no English and I were walking down a winding, little road, somewhere in one of the economically disadvantaged areas of greater ‘Amman, Jordan. Since I wasn’t being “preached to”, and since Jamal never inquired as to my own beliefs, I didn’t need to bother attempting to justify my own position. However, occasionally I would run a very circumscribed question past one of them.

She commented that I was reading the Qur’an, and politely asked if I were a Muslim. It was also the Islamic month of Ramadanwhen Muslims fast from day break until sunset.

As such, I continued to read, and then to re-read. My initial reaction was, “Oh, oh, here it comes”. During my seminary education, I also completed a two-year externship program as a hospital chaplain at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. The different threads were being woven together into a single strand. However, that comfort was momentarily disrupted when my wife asked me how I had answered the question on religious identity on the application form.

It is difficult to assign a date to the Gospel, but since it betrays a knowledge of Matthew, Mark, and Lukeand presupposes a thriving community of Jewish Christians.