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|I am a Christian, and I have learned the true teachings of Islam, and it has made me sick inside. I hate Islam and Muslims are lost cases that have been brainwashed, may the lord Jesus Christ help you.|
|AAI Editorial Staff|
This answer was kindly provided by Brother Maan Khalife, a member of Ask About Islam Editorial Staff.
Salam dear brother,
Thank you for your comment, which I turned into questions in order to clear your misconceptions about Islam. The questions would be: What is Islam and how do Muslims perceive Jesus (peace be upon him)?
Initially, thank you for taking the time to learn about Islam though you are not Muslim. May the Lord of Jesus who is our Lord help us both in achieving what is good for humanity in this life that will eventually lead us to life of bliss in the Hereafter.
As well as help you to get a better understanding of Islam so that you will draw good conclusions about Islam and make good comments to bring us closer. May our Lord help us to have good relations with you and all non-Muslims in order to build a healthy environment for interfaith dialogue in order to better understand our differences and respect each other for who we are.
I highly recommend you to read more and more about Islam. I highly advise you also to differentiate between Islam and the way Muslims practice it. If there is something wrong, it has to do with Muslims not with Islam. Islam is not what some Muslims do. Islam is about peace, love, respect, social justice, cooperation, tolerance, etc.
I will also take this opportunity to explain what Muslims believe about Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him).
Muslims believe that Jesus is one of the prophets sent by God to guide people to His path. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God or son of God. He was just a prophet in the long chain of prophets. Jesus (peace be upon him) never claimed that he is God or son of God. He never claimed any divinity to himself.
The message of Jesus (peace be upon him) is the same message of all prophets sent before him, i.e. to worship God alone and not to associate other partners with Him. A Muslim's belief is incomplete is he does not believe in Prophet Jesus as he believes in Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them both). Muslims love and respect Jesus (peace be upon him) more than most Christians think.
Muslims believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) did not die on the cross for our sins. He was raised to heaven and he will come back towards the end of times. His second coming will be one of the signs of Judgment Day.
When Christians say that Jesus is the son of the living God (i.e. the Creator of all) does this mean, may God forbid, that our Creator slept with virgin Marry (peace be upon her) in some way, shape or form, of course without her losing her virginity. Or is it that God has blown His spirit into her for her to conceive without any man touching her. I am assuming, we must agree that it is the latter; and that would be the same for each one of us since, according to Islam, God blows His spirit into the mother's womb after four month of conception; when the baby is shaped.
The message throughout history again has been to worship the only Creator without associating any partners with Him; no man not even a prophet, wood or stone, and no creation whatsoever is equivalent to our Creator.
It could have been anyone who wrote it to deceive people, and ignorantly believing is no excuse because we have brains to think with and we are not expected to follow faith blindly.
When a little bit of logic and sense come into play then the puzzle unfolds and we can see that it is not as confusing as we thought it is.
Finally, I urge you to take some time to read a translation of the Quran and to read about Islam from authentic sources in order to draw a better judgment about Islam.
May God guide us to what is pleasing to Him. Amen