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True Islam: True devotion

True Islam from a Christian perspective

The first Surah in the Qur’ān speaks of the knowledge planted in every person’s heart by God that He is the highest, to whom alone all praise is due. It contains a prayer to be led on the right path:

“In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Praise belongs to God, the Lord of all Being,
the All-merciful, the All-compassionate,
the Master of the Day of Doom.
Thee only we serve; to Thee alone we pray for succour.
Guide us in the straight path,
the path of those whom Thou hast blessed,
not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray.”
(Sūrah 1: Al-Fātihah)

Everyone who seeks God with his whole heart and with a sincere attitude will find Him. In this article we would like to offer help in recognizing the straight path which God revealed through his prophets and through Jesus.

Who teaches us true Islam?

“What, do they desire another religion than God’s, and to Him has surrendered whoso is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him they shall be returned? Say: “We believe in God, and that which has been sent down on us, and sent down on Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the Tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and the Prophets, of their Lord; we make no division between any of them, and to Him we surrender.” Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers.” (Sūrah 3: Ali ‘Imrān 83-85)

This passage from the Qur’ān uses the term “Islam” not in the sense of belonging to a particular religious community. Here it means devotion and surrender to God. It is the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, the faith of the prophets and of Jesus, Mary’s son. A person who wants to devote himself to God with his whole heart will, therefore, follow the examples of Abraham and the prophets and the example of Jesus of Nazareth. They devoted themselves completely to God and were, in this sense, the true Muslims, those who surrendered to God. Through them the Almighty spoke to the world and revealed his will and his being. To follow their devotion is true Islam, perfect submission to the will of the one and only God.

“Surely We sent down the Torah, wherein is guidance and light; thereby the Prophets who had surrendered themselves gave judgment for those of Jewry….” (Sūrah 5: Al-Mā’idah 44)

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus son of Mary, confirming the Torah before him and We gave to him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light, and confirming the Torah before it, as a guidance and an admonition unto the godfearing. So let the People of the Gospel judge according to what God has sent down therein. Whosoever judges not according to what God has sent down – they are the ungodly.” (Sūrah 5: Al-Mā’idah 46-47)

“And when Jesus came with the clear signs he said, “I have come to you with wisdom, and that I may make clear to you some of that whereon you are at variance; so fear you God and obey you me.” (Sūrah 43: Az-Zukhruf 63)

Everyone who wants to submit to God follows the word of the Torah, the Prophets and the words of Jesus confirming the Torah. A true Muslim desires to get to know the whole revelation of God. Therefore he cannot ignore the Torah, the Prophets and the Gospel. A true Muslim will obey the words of Jesus. It is only in this way that he can receive guidance and light from the Almighty. This is also testified by those very scriptures:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 ESV)

“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:23 ESV)

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)

So the Qur’ān testifies unanimously with the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments that we can find light and guidance in both the Torah and the Gospel. Can anything then hinder a Muslim from getting to know the whole revelation of God, devoting himself to the intensive study of the words of the Torah and the Gospel?

What does devotion mean?

God said to Abraham,

“I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” (Genesis 17:1-2 ESV)

For Abraham devotion meant living in God’s presence and striving for a blameless life.

In the Torah we find following commandment:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart…” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6 ESV)

God spoke through the prophet Micah:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV)

Jesus confirmed the commandment of the Torah and called it the greatest commandment:

“And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40 ESV)

Jesus’ own life was the best realisation of this commandment. He was totally filled with love for God. He was faithful to God in everything and, unlike any other person, was able to ask his adversaries without any pride,

“Which one of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46 ESV)

Jesus’ life was a demonstration of God’s compassion and mercy. The Qur’ān also relates how these characteristics were evident in the lives of his followers:

“Then We sent, following in their footsteps, Our Messengers; and We sent, following, Jesus son of Mary, and gave unto him the Gospel. And We set in the hearts of those who followed him tenderness and mercy.” (Sūrah 57: Al-Hadeed 27)

The Bible describes how this compassion and mercy became reality in the lives of the followers of Jesus in the following words:

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. …And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing their proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people…” (Acts 2:42,44-47 ESV)

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32 ESV)

For the first Christians, devotion to God also meant devotion to the brothers. That was their reason for sharing their lives in daily fellowship and even sharing their goods with one another.

“If anyone says, “I love God”, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:20-21 ESV)

Even as the official Christian religion moved away from the path of Jesus and adapted more and more to the world, there remained a number of faithful followers of Jesus who continued to honour God faithfully, reading the Bible and praying together every day:

“Yet they are not all alike; some of the People of the Book are a nation upstanding, that recite God’s signs in the watches of the night, bowing themselves, believing in God and in the Last Day, bidding to honour and forbidding dishonour, vying one with the other in good works; those are of the righteous.” (Sūrah 3: Ali ‘Imrān 113-114)

The “Five Pillars” of Islam

According to Islamic tradition, Islam, i.e. devotion to God, is primarily expressed by living according to the “five pillars” of Islam:1

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):
1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s apostle.
2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.
3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity).
5. To perform Hajj (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca).
4. To observe fast during (the month of) Ramadan.

What did God declare to us through Jesus concerning these five points, and what corresponding practices can we find in the life of the first Christians?

1) The Confession of God’s unity and uniqueness forms the unmovable basis of the doctrine of Jesus and his disciples. There is no other God than the One and Only, He who created the universe and revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to all the prophets, and to him who will judge mankind on the Last Day. No disciple of Jesus ever accepted him as a deity beside God (as Sūrah 5:116 suggests). We believe in him

“who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honour and eternal dominion.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16 ESV)

Christians, however, don’t confess God mainly by a ritual recitation, but by living their lives according to his commandments and by constantly striving to help lead others to the knowledge of God in living according to his will.

None of the Muslims (i.e. people who surrender to God) from Abraham until the seventh century AD ever confessed Muhammad as the prophet. Of course, he didn’t even appear on the scene until much later. On the other hand, all the believers who lived after the time of Jesus understood clearly that God’s revelation to mankind had reached its climax in Jesus and they did not expect any new revelation in the future.

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2a ESV)

Jesus promised to send his Holy Spirit to the disciples:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 ESV)

Jesus fulfilled this promise to his disciples approximately 50 days later. The Holy Spirit led the disciples to a deeper understanding of the words of Jesus by reminding them of the very words he had spoken to them2.

2) For every believer prayer is the daily essence of his spiritual life.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God!” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints3!” (Ephesians 6:18 ESV)

Jesus himself lived a life of prayer. Again and again he turned to his Father in prayer:

“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12 ESV)

His disciples followed his example:

“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer…” (Acts 1:14 ESV)

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42 ESV)

For the first Christians, and for all Christians since, prayer was and is the basis and the expression of their constant relationship with God. Having spiritual life means having a relationship with the God who loves us. Our prayer is our loving response to His love for us. Therefore prayer cannot be pressed into the rigid forms of a ritual. Love surpasses all rituals. The prayers of Jesus and his followers are not bound to special forms, times, places or directions. We are constantly surrounded by the eternal God. The content of all our words and our whole life is the praise of his love.

3) Christians don’t have a tax for the poor. The Old Testament contained different regulations for the care of the poor. E.g. every third year the whole tithe should be at the disposal of the poor. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29) The basic rule was:

“You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV)

The believers in the New Testament far exceeded this regulation. God’s love filled their hearts and compelled them. So they did not merely give alms to their brothers and sisters, but they shared with them:

“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2:44-45 ESV)

“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of land or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:34-35 ESV)

“Your abundance in the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.” (2 Corinthians 8:14 ESV)

When various “Christian” groups later reintroduced the Old Testament tithe (giving a tenth), they departed from the standard taught in the New Testament. Similarly the “zakat”, while admittedly having a positive effect on many Islamic nations, is in fact a backward step from the level of devotion shown in the New Testament. The readiness of a Christian to give is directed by love and cannot be regulated by percentages.

4) There is no rule about fasting in the New Testament. Jesus spoke against the public demonstration of fasting practised by the Pharisees:

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18 ESV)

God requires our complete devotion and love, being ready to serve Him and our brothers every day, all the year round. This devotion also requires self-discipline. A Christian’s spirit controls his body and overcomes its desires. We eat our food with gratitude, knowing that we can abstain from food if the tasks we have from God demand it. This discipline is our way of life regardless of time or season. Addictive drugs (such as nicotine) have no place at all in the life of a Christian.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body!” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

5) The believers in the Old Testament had the command of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year:

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:16-17 ESV)

In the time of Jesus there was disunity between the Jews and the Samaritans concerning the “place that the LORD will choose”. The Jews made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem. For the Samaritans, however, Mount Gerizim was the mount of worship.

While Jesus confirmed the Jewish viewpoint as being the original one, he went a step further by saying to a Samaritan woman,

“Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. …But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24 ESV)

Christians, therefore, have neither holy places nor holy times. Every place and every hour, day and year are sanctified by the presence of the Almighty God. Our whole life is a pilgrimage to the heavenly Jerusalem.

“…but you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect…” (Hebrews 12:22-23 ESV)

Soon you can find more information about the place of worshipping God here.

A closer investigation of these “five pillars” shows that Jesus did not teach precise rules about various religious practices, but that he brought love – love that far surpasses all religious rules and which leads us to perfect devotion to the eternal God in the service of the believers. He leads us to true “Islam”, a true submission to God’s will that will fulfil us for all eternity with the abundant joy of fellowship with our Creator. True Islam is the way that Jesus showed us. Indeed he himself is the way. We want to invite all Muslims to walk this way and so to become true Muslims.

“We sent not any before thee, except men to whom We revealed: “Question the people of the Remembrance, if it should be that you do not know.” (Sūrah 16: An-Nahl 43)

At that time Jesus declared,

“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
That you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding
and revealed them to little children;
Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father,
and no one knows the Son except the Father,
And no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden,
And I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
For I am gentle and lowly in heart,
And you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:25-30 ESV)

ps. The term “Christians” is used in this article exclusively to refer to people who have decided to devote their whole life to walk the way of Jesus. We certainly cannot call our sinful western consumer society “Christian”. Furthermore we have to make it clear that all institutions generally known as “Christian Churches” are far from biblical Christianity.

  1. According to M. Muhsin Khan’s translation of Sahih al-Bukhari’s Hadith collection, Vol. 1, Book 2, Number 7. In this hadith the 4th and 5th pillars are placed in a different sequence from that which is usual today. 
  2. The term “remembrance” presupposes that those who are led to this “remembrance” were eyewitnesses of Jesus. Others could not be reminded of his words by the Spirit. We must, therefore, exclude a priori any interpretation of this promise of Jesus as referring to Muhammad. 
  3. The New Testament uses the term “saint” not in the Roman-Catholic sense. The New Testament calls all Christians saints (holy ones) because everyone who follows Jesus is sanctified by him. 

Who we are

“O believers, be you God’s helpers, as Jesus, Mary’s son, said to the Apostles. ‘Who will be my helpers unto God?’ The Apostles said, ‘We will be helpers of God.’”
Surah 61 (As-Saff):14

We are friends, Christians, disciples of Jesus. The Qur’an calls such people “helpers of God”.

Our community is small in number and consists of people from different religious and social backgrounds with different professions. We simply want to serve God as brothers and sisters according to the words of Jesus, just as we find them in the Injil.

For many people faith means the cultivation of religious and cultural traditions and rituals that have been handed down from their forefathers, often without an understanding of their deeper meaning. Many of these traditions obviously contradict the words of Jesus. For us, however, faith is a reality that fills all areas of our lives.

We do not belong to any denomination or organisation. We gather daily to think about the Word of God together and through this to understand God’s will better.

We reject hierarchical structures as they clearly contradict God’s word and brotherly love. We are convinced that unity, which God wants to be the reality among believers, cannot be secured by human authoritarian structures but only by the fruit of the obedience of every single disciple to the Holy Scripture. We are in unity with each other because each of us puts his own self aside and wants to follow what God has revealed in the Bible and made recognisable for all.

Our faith in the one and only God, the Lord and Creator of the Universe, unites us. God, who created us because of His love, is the origin and the aim of our lives. He revealed Himself to Abraham and then spoke to the people through the prophets. The last and final revelation was in Jesus of Nazareth. He is the eternal Word of God (Surah 3:45). He became man for our sake in order to lead us on the way to God.

We follow the way that He showed us in His Words. In giving himself for us completely, Jesus shows us what true devotion to God and to our brothers and sisters means.

On our website we address Muslims because we know that God has sent Jesus to teach us true devotion to God through His example and His Words, in others words: to teach us true Islam. We would like to encourage Muslims to read and understand the Words of Jesus. Unfortunately, the message of these words has often been distorted and misinterpreted throughout history, so much so that many Muslims become acquainted with a Christianity that has nothing to do with the real Jesus.

We wish to draw your attention to the original message of Jesus, which is valid and unchangable for all times, addressing all people of every nation, and to put this message into practice in daily devotion just as the first disciples of Jesus:

“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. …And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people….” (excerpt from Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47)

Why we quote the Qur’an

Sometimes we are asked why we Christians quote the Qur’an in talks with Muslims – and on this website – if we don’t regard the Qur’an to be Holy Scripture. We would like to respond to this question in the hope that our Muslim readers can understand our position.

As Christians we believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Word of God in person1, a belief also held by Muslims according to the Qur’an2, albeit with significantly differing content. If Jesus is the Word of God, everything he said and did is the unsurpassable climax of God’s revelation. In Jesus, who is God’s Word, God spoke to us directly, without the mediation of an angel or a prophet. In the words of Jesus, God has told us everything that is necessary for our relationship with him. For this reason we believe that, with the coming of the Word of God in the person of Jesus Christ, the revelation is complete. That is why for us there cannot be any new revelation.

Jesus’ coming into this world had such a far-reaching influence that after his coming anyone who wanted to say something about God could not ignore him. So it is not surprising for us that the Qur’an also deals with Jesus. As the Qur’an claims to confirm the Torah and the Gospel3, we consider it justified to test the Qur’an according to the Torah and the Gospel. The Bible also encourages us to test everything and to hold on to what is good4.

Through Jesus God put his love into our hearts. This love for all people motivates us to find out what people around us consider important so that we can understand their way of thinking and their life better. Our love for Muslims is what spurs us on to take a closer look at the Qur’an. We are interested in what Muslims, who base their beliefs on the Qur’an, think about God, Jesus, judgement, heaven, hell, living a godly, holy life, and other questions that are addressed in both the Qur’an and the Bible. We want to test the statements made in the Qur’an concerning these questions by comparing them with the words of the prophets and primarily in the light of the perfect and complete revelation brought by Jesus.

In conclusion we would like to point out a statement from the Qur’an

“We sent not any before thee, except men to whom We revealed: ‘Question the people of the Remembrance, if it should be that you do not know.’” Surah 16:43

If we Christians, the “people of the Remembrance”, are to inform the Muslims of what they do not know, it is helpful for us to get to know the Qur’an and to assess it according to the reminders given to us in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

  1. Gospel of John 1:1, 14 
  2. Surah 3:45; 4:171 
  3. The frequently held opinion that the books of the Bible were falsified is, from what we know from the Qur’an, not supported by the Qur’an. For more on this topic see: No Man can change the Word of God 
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 

Wer sind wir

“O ihr, die ihr glaubt, seid die Helfer Gottes, so wie Jesus, der Sohn Marias, zu den Jüngern gesagt hat: „Wer sind meine Helfer (auf dem Weg) zu Gott hin?“
Die Jünger sagten: „Wir sind die Helfer Gottes.“
Sura 61: As-Saff (die Einreihung), 14

Wir sind Freunde, Christen, Jünger Jesu. Der Koran nennt solche Menschen „Helfer Gottes“.

Wir sind eine zahlenmäßig kleine Gemeinschaft von Menschen aus verschiedensten Hintergründen und unterschiedlichster Berufe. Wir wollen einfach als Brüder und Schwestern Gott nach den Worten Jesu, so wie wir sie im Indschil finden, dienen.

Für viele Menschen bedeutet Glaube, dass sie religiöse und kulturelle Traditionen und Rituale, die sie von ihren Vorfahren übernommen haben, pflegen, oft ohne ihren Sinn zu verstehen. Oft stehen diese Traditionen auch im Widerspruch zu den Worten Jesu. Für uns aber ist Glaube eine Wirklichkeit, die alle Bereiche unseres Lebens erfüllt.

Wir gehören keiner Konfession oder sonstigen Organisation an. Wir kommen jeden Tag zusammen, um gemeinsam über das Wort Gottes nachzudenken und so seinen Willen immer besser zu verstehen.

Wir lehnen hierarchische Strukturen ab, da sie im klaren Widerspruch zum Wort Gottes und zur Bruderliebe stehen. Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass die von Gott gewollte Einheit der Gläubigen nicht das Ergebnis menschlicher Befehlsstrukturen sein kann, sondern nur aus dem Gehorsam der Heiligen Schrift gegenüber kommt. Wir sind eins, weil jeder Einzelne sich zurückstellt und dem folgen will, was Gott für alle erkennbar in der Bibel offenbart hat.

Wir sind Menschen, die der Glaube an den einen und einzigen Gott, dem Herrn und Schöpfer des Universums, vereint. Gott, der uns aus Liebe erschaffen hat, ist der Grund und das Ziel unseres Lebens. Er hat sich Abraham offenbart und danach durch die Propheten zu den Menschen gesprochen. Die letzte und abschließende Offenbarung Gottes war in Jesus von Nazareth. Er ist das ewige Wort Gottes (Sura 3,45) und wurde für uns Mensch, um uns den Weg zu Gott zu führen.

Wir gehen den Weg, den er uns in seinen Worten weist. Er, der sich für uns vollkommen hingegeben hat, lehrt uns die wahre Hingabe an Gott und unsere Geschwister.

Wir wenden uns auf dieser Website an Muslime, weil wir wissen, dass Gott Jesus gesandt hat, um uns durch sein Beispiel und durch seine Worte die wahre Hingabe an Gott, das heißt, den wahren Islam zu lehren. Wir wollen Muslime ermuntern, die Worte Jesu zu lesen und zu verstehen. Leider sind diese Worte in der Geschichte immer wieder verdreht und missdeutet worden, sodass viele Muslime ein Christentum kennenlernen, das mit Jesus nichts mehr zu tun hat.

Es ist unser Anliegen, die Aufmerksamkeit auf die ursprüngliche Botschaft Jesu zu lenken, die für alle Zeit unveränderlich ist und sich an alle Menschen aller Völker richtet, und diese Botschaft in täglicher Hingabe wie die ersten Jünger Jesu zu verwirklichen:

“Sie verharrten aber in der Lehre der Apostel und in der Gemeinschaft, im Brechen des Brotes und in den Gebeten. … Alle Gläubiggewordenen aber waren beisammen und hatten alles gemeinsam; und sie verkauften die Güter und die Habe und verteilten sie an alle, je nachdem einer bedürftig war. Täglich verharrten sie einmütig im Tempel und brachen zu Hause das Brot, nahmen Speise mit Jubel und Schlichtheit des Herzens, lobten Gott und hatten Gunst beim ganzen Volk …” (Aus Apostelgeschichte 2,42-47)

Warum wir den Koran zitieren

Manchmal werden wir mit der Frage konfrontiert, warum wir als Christen im Gespräch mit Muslimen – und so auch auf dieser Website – den Koran zitieren, da wir doch den Koran nicht als Heilige Schrift akzeptieren. Wir möchten hier dazu Stellung nehmen und hoffen, dass unsere muslimischen Leser unseren Standpunkt verstehen.

Als Christen glauben wir, dass Jesus von Nazareth das Wort Gottes in Person ist1, was auf der Grundlage des Korans2 auch von Muslimen geglaubt wird – wenn auch mit einem wesentlich anderen Inhalt verbunden.

Wenn Jesus Gottes Wort ist, dann ist alles, was er gesagt und getan hat, der unüberbietbare Höhepunkt der Offenbarung Gottes. In Jesus, dem Wort Gottes hat Gott direkt zu uns gesprochen, nicht durch Vermittlung eines Engels oder eines Propheten, sondern unmittelbar. In den Worten Jesu hat Gott uns alles gesagt, was für unsere Beziehung zu ihm notwendig ist. Deswegen glauben wir, dass mit dem Kommen des Wortes Gottes in der Person Jesu Christi die Offenbarung abgeschlossen ist. Darum kann es für uns keine weitere Offenbarung geben.

Das Kommen Jesu in diese Welt hat einen derart großen Einfluss ausgeübt, dass alle die nach seinem Kommen etwas über Gott sagen wollten, an seiner Person nicht vorbei konnten. So ist es für uns nicht verwunderlich, dass auch der Koran sich mit Jesus beschäftigt. Da der Koran den Anspruch erhebt, die Thora und das Evangelium zu bestätigen, sehen wir es auch als gerechtfertigt, dass wir den Koran an der Thora und dem Evangelium prüfen3. Auch in der Bibel werden wir ermuntert, alles zu prüfen und das Gute zu behalten4.

Gott hat uns durch Jesus seine Liebe ins Herz gelegt. Diese Liebe zu allen Menschen motiviert uns auch, uns mit dem zu beschäftigen, was den Menschen um uns herum wichtig ist, um ihr Denken und ihr Leben besser verstehen zu können. Die Liebe zu den Muslimen bewegt uns, uns auch mit dem Koran auseinanderzusetzen. Es interessiert uns, was Muslime auf der Grundlage des Korans über Gott, Jesus, Gericht, Himmel, Hölle, über ein gottgefälliges heiliges Leben und andere Fragen, die sowohl im Koran als auch in der Bibel angesprochen werden, denken. Wir möchten die Aussagen des Korans zu diesen Fragen anhand der Worte der Propheten und vor allem im Lichte der vollkommenen Offenbarung Jesu prüfen.

Abschließend wollen wir noch auf eine Aussage des Korans hinweisen:

“Und Wir haben vor dir nur Männer gesandt, denen Wir Offenbarungen eingegeben haben. So fragt die Besitzer der Ermahnung, wenn ihr nicht Bescheid wisst.” (Sure 16,43)

Wenn wir Christen, die “Besitzer der Ermahnung” den Muslimen Bescheid geben sollen, dann ist es notwendig, dass wir den Koran kennen und aufgrund der uns gegebenen Ermahnung, den Schriften des Alten und Neuen Testaments, zu beurteilen.

  1. Johannes 1,1.14. 
  2. Sure 3,45; 4,171. 
  3. Die oft geäußerte Ansicht, dass die Bücher der Bibel verfälscht seien, wird, soweit uns aus dem Koran bekannt ist, auch im Koran nicht geäußert. Mehr dazu in unserer Abhandlung zu diesem Thema
  4. 1 Thessalonicher 5,21. 

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“Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Jadikanlah diri kamu pembela-pembela(agama) Allah sebagaimana (keadaan penyokong-penyokong) Nabi Isa Ibni Mariam (ketika dia) berkata kepada penyokong-penyokongnya itu: Siapakah penolong-penolongku (dalam perjalananku) kepada Allah (dengan menegakkan agamaNya)? Mereka menjawab: Kamilah pembela-pembela (agama) Allah!”
Surah 61 (As-Saff):14

Kami kawan-kawan beragama Kristian, murid-murid Yesus (Nabi Isa), penolong-penolong Allah.

Kami jemaat yang kecil. Asal-usul kami dari segi agama dan sosial berlainan. Kami mempunyai pekerjaan yang berbeza-beza. Kami sebagai adik-beradik, saudara-saudara seiman hanya mahu mengabdi kepada Allah mengikut kata-kata Yesus sebagaimana tertulis dalam Injil.

Bagi ramai orang, iman bererti pengembangan tradisi dan adat istiadat agama dan budaya yang telah diturunkan daripada nenek moyang tanpa fahaman erti dalamnya. Banyak daripada tradisi-tradisi ini jelas menyangkal ajaran Yesus. Walau bagaimanapun, bagi kami iman adalah kenyataan yang memenuhi setiap bahagian hidup kami.

Kami tidak mempunyai mazhab ataupun organisasi. Setiap hari, kami berkumpul bersama-sama untuk merenungkan Firman Allah supaya boleh memahami kehendak Allah.

Kami menolak struktur hirarki kerana ini bercanggahan dengan Firman Allah dan juga kasih kepada saudara-saudara. Kami sangat pasti bahawa kesatuan yang Allah mahukan di antara mereka yang percaya kepadaNya tidak boleh dijaminkan melalui struktur pemerintahan manusia. Kesatuan ini adalah hasil ketaatan setiap pengikut Kitab Suci. Kami adalah satu kerana setiap seorang daripada kami mahu meninggalkan kepentingan sendiri dan mengikut apa yang Allah telah memperlihatkan bagi semua manusia dalam Kitab Suci.

Iman kami yang berdasarkan Allah yang esa, Tuhan dan Pencipta alam semesta, menyatukan kami. Allah, yang telah menciptakan kita oleh sebab kasihNya kepada kita, adalah asal usul dan juga tujuan hidup kita. Allah telah menyatakan diriNya kepada Ibrahim dan telah berfirman kepada manusia dengan perantaraan nabi-nabi. Wahyu terakhir adalah dalam Yesus dari Narazet (Nabi Isa). Dialah Firman Allah yang abadi (Surah 3:45). Dia telah menjadi manusia untuk memimpin kita di jalan kepada Allah, demi kita.

Kami mengikut jalan yang Dia telah tunjukkan dalam FirmanNya. Dengan mempersembahkan diriNya sepenuhnya, Dia menunjuk kita maksud benar pengabdian kepada Allah dan kepada saudara-saudari seiman.

Laman web kami ditujukan kepada para umat Islam kerana kami tahu bahawa Allah telah utuskan Yesus bagi mengajar kita penyerahan diri yang benar melalui contohNya dan FirmanNya, atau dengan kata lain, bagi mengajar Islam yang benar. Kami ingin menggalakkan para umat Islam membaca dan memahami kata-kata Yesus. Malangnya makna kata-kata ini sering kali telah diherotkan dan salah ditafsirkan sepanjang sejarah sehingga banyak orang Muslim kenal suatu agama Kristian yang tiada kaitan dengan Yesus yang benar.

Kami ingin menarik perhatian anda kepada mesej asal Yesus yang sentiasa sah dan tidak berubah selama-lamanya dan menujukan mesej ini kepada semua orang dari setiap negara. Kami mahu mencontohi dan mempraktikkan kehidupan umat Kristian pertama yang kita baca dalam Alkitab.

“Mereka bertekun dalam pengajaran rasul-rasul dan dalam persekutuan. Dan mereka selalu berkumpul untuk memecahkan roti dan berdoa. Maka ketakutanlah mereka semua, sedang rasul-rasul itu mengadakan banyak mujizat dan tanda. Dan semua orang yang telah menjadi percaya tetap bersatu, dan segala kepunyaan mereka adalah kepunyaan bersama, dan selalu ada dari mereka yang menjual harta miliknya, lalu membahagi-bahagikannya kepada semua orang sesuai dengan keperluan masing-masing. Dengan bertekun dan dengan sehati mereka berkumpul tiap-tiap hari dalam Bait Allah. Mereka memecahkan roti di rumah masing-masing secara bergilir dan makan bersama-sama dengan gembira dan dengan tulus hati, sambil memuji Allah. Dan mereka disukai semua orang…” (dari Kisah Para Rasul 2:42-47)