Dedication and Introduction
This book is dedicated to my wife, Esther, who has lovingly stood by my side through my years of ministry and my life’s battles, who encouraged me to write, who sacrificed a lot to raise our three precious children, Harvey, Eva, and Sonia, and taught them how to love the Lord and how to excel in their studies and how to serve others.
In the Horizon section of The Washington Post on Wednesday, May 13, 1998, Carolyn Ruff wrote a long article entitled, Exploring Islam. I will quote a few lines from that article. She said:
Islam is an ancient religion with profound historical and theological ties to Judaism and Christianity. All three religions worship the same God, acknowledge large parts of the same Bible and revere Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses. And, as do Christians, Muslims regard Jesus as the messiah. In fact, Islam teaches that it represents the modern mainstream of a primordial, monotheistic religion that began with the earliest humans. Over millennia, the religion took form with the early Jewish prophets, was modified significantly by Jesus and finally shaped by Muhammad, the final prophet, who died in 632 AD.
This is a great deception, because the Allah of Islam is not the God of the Christians. The God of the Christians is a Triune God, the Allah of Islam is not.
Moreover, there are great contradictions between the Bible and the Quran. The stories of the Quran are distorted stories of the Bible. In addition, Jesus did not come to modify Judaism, He came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old testament. He said:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17).
Besides, Muhammad did not shape Judaism and Christianity. He destroyed Judaism and Christianity in the Arabian peninsula and when he denied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he killed Christianity, because the cross of Christ is the heart of Christianity.
The writer of the book of Hebrews says:
God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
(Hebrews 1:1-3 - NKJ).
Judaism, which was founded by the prophet Moses, laid the foundation for Christianity by its prophecies, offerings, symbols and teachings. Christianity is built on that foundation. Many prophecies told about the coming of Christ and when Christ came all the prophecies concerning His first coming were fulfilled to the letter.
Islam is not built on any biblical foundation, and in spite of that, the Quran says that Muhammad is the last messenger of God to humanity:
Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things (Surat Al-Ahzab 33:40).
Is Jesus Christ God’s Last Messenger, or is it Muhammad?
This book is written to give the answer to this question.
This book is also written to be used as a training course for those who work among the Muslims. It mentions Muslims’ questions and objections and gives a satisfactory answer to them.
The Bible exhorts Christians:
But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:14,15).
May every Christian who has a burden to win the Muslims for Christ be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks him or her to give the reason for the hope that they have.
And may the Muslim reader read this book with an open mind and examine the verses mentioned in it and think seriously about his or her eternal destiny.
Muslims in the West are trying to introduce Muhammad to the Christians as the Last Messenger of God. It is very important to introduce Jesus Christ in His uniqueness and glory to the Muslims and give every one a chance to choose, either Jesus or Muhammad.
My sincere prayer is that the Blessed Lord may use this book for His glory.
Springfield, Virginia Dr. Labib Mikhail