Hospitality and the Gospel: Loving my Muslim Neighbor

One of my first encounters with Muslims was when I visited a mosque in New York City with a missions group during the month of Ramadan. We entered the mosque with the purpose of taking a tour and learning more about Islam. However, we were soon invited to join the members of the mosque in … Continued

An Analysis of The Second Message of Islam: Part Two

In his book, The Second Message of Islam, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha reconciled the seemingly contradictory Meccan and Medinan passages of the Quran by claiming that many aspects of present Islamic Sharia were not originally present, but instead necessitated by the limitation of human ability in the Prophet’s day. This is the seminal truth outlined in … Continued

An Analysis of The Second Message of Islam: Part One

On January 18, 1985, in Khartoum, Sudan, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha was hanged for his Islamic convictions. He outspokenly opposed the contemporary application of Sharia because of its injustice and violence; through Sharia, by an accusation of apostasy, Sudanese and Egyptian officials condemned him to death. How did Taha’s moderate, pacifist Islamic message constitute a threat … Continued

4 ways ISIS grounds its actions in religion, and why it should matter

(Originally published at on November 16, 2015) The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, labeling them the “first of the storm.” The terrorist group affirmed, in a statement issued in Arabic, French and English, that it chose the targets “accurately,” identifying Paris as the “capital of prostitution” and France, because of its … Continued

What makes killing Christians appealing?

(Originally published at on May 26, 2017) (RNS) I was born in Egypt, and my heart is broken by this latest massacre of Coptic Christians who were headed to a monastery in the southern Minya province. I could not bear exploring horrific photos of innocent young girls and boys butchered. They were supposed to be worshipping and … Continued

The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia: Part Two

In the previous blog “The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia,” we concluded that although Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims, it is not an Islamic country. This is seen in Indonesia’s constitution which rejects the implementation of Islamic Sharia. However, an exception applies to a special region in the northern part of the island of … Continued

The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia: Part One

Islam in the Indonesian context: Did you know that Indonesia – an archipelago of over 17,000 islands – is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation? Roughly 88% of 250 million Indonesians are Muslims, which is about 13% of the world’s Muslim population. However, Indonesia is not an Islamic country. Indonesian constitution is not governed by Islamic … Continued

Why Do They Shout “Allahu Akbar”?

(Originally published at on September 20, 2016) On Saturday, September 17, Dahir A. Adan, an Islamic State “solider,” according to an ISIS media outlet, stabbed nine people in a Minnesota mall. Adan shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he attacked.” In June, ISIS supporter Omar Mateen shouted “Allah Akbar” during his shooting … Continued

A Review of “Engaging Muslims for Christ”

For our first event this semester, we had the honor of hosting Mrs. Carol Ghattas, author of several books and former overseas worker in North Africa. The first night of the event consisted of fellowship and training. Ghattas shared on different conversational bridges that Christians can build when witnessing to Muslims, particularly women. These bridges should effectively bring Muslims into a conversation about the Christian faith. … Continued

A Review of the Lecture Series: “The Challenges of the Qur’an and the Sufficiency of the Word of God”

 Last month, the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, hosted its first academic lectures series of the semester. Dr. Gordon Nickel was the guest speaker for the event. He is a Christian Scholar, overseas worker, and author of several books, including The Gentle Answer to the Muslims Accusation of Biblical Falsification. The lectures series opened … Continued