Monday, September 15, 2003

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Six Week Study of Islam

*Six weeks
*Five days a week
*Six lessons
*Five sections a week

*1st lesson—introduction and overview
*2nd thru 6th lessons—Five Pillars of Islam

*Perspective: the devil has no stories
*Borrowed/twisted Jewish and Christian ideas
*Through New Eyes

*For American teenagers

The Five Pillars of Submission:

Shahada—the profession of faith—“There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet”—to be offered daily by every Muslim

Salat—the five-times-daily Rakatin prayer and worship of the Muslim

Zakat—the pious Muslim discipline of almsgiving and the disposition of property

Haj—the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca every Muslim must take

Saum—the daytime fasting (from all food and drink) ritual of a Muslim during the month of Ramadan

“Anyone who kept them was a faithful Umma, a true believer. Anyone who did not was a Kafir, an infidel. Such a straightforward standard of works-righteousness made the life of faith an extraordinarily simple, quantifiable, and mechanical process.”—Grant, Blood of the Moon, pg 43

In Islam, salvation is attainable through human agency. There is no real comprehension of the Fall. In Christianity, redemption must be attained apart from an individual’s feeble attempts. Such salvation is found in the person of Christ.

The three words of the gospel: guilt, want, substitution. (Martin Luther)

Ayatollah Khomeini’s quote on pg 123 of Blood

Lesson #1: Fake mountain top experience, fake name, moving east, all pointing back to man’s inherent, though possibly unconscious, longing to abide on the hill of the Most High.
-->From Pillar to Post—the idea of either the ten commandments or the ten thousand commandments; the idea of Islam’s five pillars to Christianity’s one post—the substitutionary cross of Christ and the call of God’s elect to live as servants (doulas)

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