By Guy V. Caskey
Recently I read a tract entitled, Why I Believe in Islam. Originally it was a radio broadcast of a speech on a station in Ghana, West Africa. The tract was sent to me by a Christian who lives in that country with the request that I examine it in the light of God's word and reply to it.
Inasmuch as I lived in South, Central and East Africa for many years, had close association with Muslim people and studied the Koran (Qur'an), memorizing many of their sacred scriptures, I feel some competency in fulfilling the request. This examination is not necessarily exhaustive, in the sense that it touches every doctrinal, historical, ethical and moral difference between that system and Christianity, but it will be thorough enough to point up important and major differences in these two bodies of belief and these two ways of life.
A brief definition of terms might be helpful to those who are not well acquainted with the religion of Islam. The term Mohammedanism is used in the sense of the teachings of the prophet Mohammed-of his revelation recorded in the Koran. The word Mohammed in Arabic literally means praised, or the praised one. Islam, in Arabic, means submission to God's will. It is a monotheistic religion whose supreme deity is called Allah and whose chief prophet and founder is Mohammed. The words Muslim, Muslem and Moslem are different spellings of the noun and adjective forms that apply to the believers or followers of Mohammed. Let it be understood at the outset that there can be no reconciliation between these disparate religions and absolutely no compromise in these philosophies which are so at variance and discord with one another.
It shall be the burden of this treatise to show the contrariety and contradiction of Islam to Christianity, and that the two systems are discordant in principle, antagonistic in purpose and that Islam is repugnant to the spirit and character of Christianity. Let it also be understood that the strength of Christianity's case does not lie in any support from either Protestant or Catholic denominationalism. These systems are just as offensive and incongruous to the genius of the religion of Christ as Muslimism. The entire basis of proof or disproof is derived from the teachings of Jesus and His inspired apostles. So the principles enunciated in this tract and the refutation of the fallacious doctrines of Islam are not received from men, but from the word of God. The source of this knowledge and instruction is the New Testament.