Ten things everyone needs to know about Islam
Since the attack on the Twin Towers in September 2011 the religion of Islam has scarcely been out of the headlines. Dr. Emil Caner sets out some of the basic facts regarding what is by some, judged the fastest-growing religion on the planet.
first published 09/08/08
Dr. Emir Caner was raised the son of an Islamic leader, but came to faith in Christ in 1982, and now travels the world defending the faith and persuading audiences of the truth of Jesus his Saviour.
Though disowned by his father, he is currently dean of The College at Southwestern (TCS) on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the largest seminary in the world. At the age of 34, Dr. Caner (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) became one of the youngest deans in the history of evangelicalism.
Dr. Caner recently spoke to 1400 evangelical Christians at an apologetics conference in America. During his talk he listed ten points he believes everyone should know about Islam in order to better understand who Muslims are and how to reach them.
Summary of the “10 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Islam”:
1. Allah and Jehovah are NOT the same God
2. Jihad, or holy war, is prescribed in the Koran and Hadith
3. There are specific protocols in Islam (e.g. women are not to go to Jihad)
4. Islam does not believe in religious freedom
5. Islam has a lower view of woman than Christianity
6. Islam has a low view of Jesus
7. Islam has a low view of the Bible
8. Islam is the most work-based religion in the world
9. Islam is divided among denominations [Ed note: For explanation of Sunni/Shia split click here]
10. Many Muslims are coming to faith in Christ
Today Dr. Caner's ministry has reached millions through his speaking as well as his books. Along with his brother, Dr. Ergun Caner (Dean of Liberty Seminary) he is the author of 11 books which have been translated into six different languages and sold more than 200,000 copies. Unveiling Islam won the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association while More Than a Prophet was finalist for Book of the Year by Outreach magazine.