Muslims and Jesus – Part 1. Mohammad Yamout

Muslim Mondays? It’s hard to know how to title this new…”series?” I expect it to have a  limited audience, but I want to try to help people to not fear and hate Muslims.

Yes, there’s a segment of Islam that leans toward radical (but only a segment) who have bad intentions against us and the “West” (I’m under no illusions, nor am I a mushy-brained fool living in fantasy land), but that’s not all of them. It’s so much more complex, because they are people, just like you and me.

Many Muslims are very unhappy at seeing this increasingly violent side of a religion that even they thought/were taught was a “religion of peace.” Many are frankly looking at other monotheistic religions, some out of curiosity, and some from disillusionment, and there’s a ground-swell of those who are believing in Jesus (Isa) in record numbers, in spite of the very real risk of losing everything, of persecution, and even death!

I don’t plan to do much explaining, because that accomplishes nothing. Instead, meet them through their stories and learn that way. Mohammed’s story is not dramatic, nor intense, but it’s interesting to learn how he grew up and what he’s now doing for others. He’s warm, gentle and loving, and I think that if you are willing to listen to his 44 minutes  (most others are shorter) you will gain a new perspective, and it may even challenge you.

As a Jesus Follower I see how important each one of them are to God, for He loves them too, and wants them to be with Him forever, just like every other person. I’m also one of an even smaller (but growing!) number of people who, frankly, love them, and not just because I spent years in the Middle East. May God bless this small endeavor.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stomson2001
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 19:43:54

    I appreciate the diversity of your blog. Your interests go to many areas, and having read your cloud, we have many common threads. You see the importance of God in our lives. In regards to Muslims, I also appreciate your thoughts about how we should approach them individually (in love and without fear) and I agree.

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    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      Apr 27, 2016 @ 00:45:02

      I am glad you appreciate what I am trying to do because many misunderstand. I have years of personal experience in the Middle East and having Muslim friends, in addition to a class years ago about Islam, but that was no more than the bare facts and history.

      In spite of my background, I had allowed myself to be influenced by the growing number of atrocities perpetrated by Muslims and the world media’s poor understanding and portrayal of Islam. But Jesus is good and merciful to people like me and has recently watered an old seed and I have been moved to study Islam in depth because I am drawn to them and have great compassion for them because, as a people, so many of them long to know God, and Allah is… well, that’s fodder for another post.

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