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Learning About Islam


What do Muslims believe?
Are the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran the same?
What is Shariah law?
How should we react to terrorism?
How can we witness to Muslims?
How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?

VOM offers Learning About Islam to help parents and teachers share the truth about Islam with students. The 60-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

September 11 and Terrorists

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. They crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers. Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam.

The chart below compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses.

Terrorist Beliefs and Christian Responses

Terrorist Beliefs Christian Responses
Terrorists use threats and violence to try to force others to do what they want. Terrorism is often carried out against innocent people who are no threat to the terrorists. Terrorists try to control people by scaring them. “Many look at terrorists with fear, others with hate. Jesus fears and hates no one. Like God who gives sunshine and rain to all, so He loves and desires to forgive and save all” (Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice of the Martyrs)
Power Terrorists believe in using anger, hate, greed, and violence to get power. Richard Wurmbrand shared that the secret of real power is love, mercy, goodness, good character, and being a servant, as Jesus taught. (See Matthew 3:1–14 and Romans 12:21.)
Who is in control? Terrorists believe that there are powerful people or groups who cause all their problems. They think getting rid of those people will fix everything. God has placed Jesus “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion” (Ephesians 1:21, NIV) We can trust in Him. (See Proverbs 3:5.)
Success Terrorists think that conquering people in power will mean success. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?
Changing the world Terrorists believe the way to get desirable things is to change the world by acts of terrorism. Christians know that only Jesus has the key to eternal peace. His truth is for all places and all times. Fighting for wrong causes can fail. When someone trusts in God, they cannot fail forever.

Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.

Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.

Videos Story

China: Cheng Jie

A previous post told about Cheng Jie, a Christian mother in China. In the video clip below, her husband talks about their situation.

Feature Story



Learning About Jesus
Like many people in North Korea, Julie and her parents were often hungry. They moved from place to place searching for food.

Sometimes Julie’s parents traveled to China to look for ways to make money or to get food. During one of these trips, Julie’s mother learned about Jesus! And her father gave his life to Jesus a year later while he was in China. When he got back home, the family began to worship God secretly. They prayed before going to bed at night and when they got up at dawn.

Soon, Julie’s parents decided to send her to China to learn more about the Bible from Chinese Christians. While there, Julie gave her life to Christ.

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Spotlight Story

Teaching Bible Stories to Muslims

Tabitha, her sisters, and her parents were Muslims in a mostly-Muslim country. Someone gave Tabitha’s father, Samuel, a Bible. But Samuel put it on a shelf and forgot about it. Many years later, he read the Bible and understood what it said. He decided to follow Christ.

Samuel began praying for his wife and daughters. After a while, they also became Christians.

Muslims in many places, especially children, do not always have the opportunity to learn true Bible stories. They have some false ideas about Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but they don’t believe He died on a cross. They don’t believe He is the Son of God, or that He came to seek and to save the lost from sin.

After Tabitha trusted in Jesus as her Savior, she wanted to share Bible stories with Muslim children. She looked for creative ways to reach the children. Tabitha began sharing stories with children whose parents sent them to Christian parties, plays, and programs.

At one party, three children were wrapped in toilet paper from head to toe! The children represented Lazarus, whose story is told in John 11. Other children sang a happy song about Lazarus’s resurrection. Then they unwrapped the three “Lazaruses” and set them free.

Pray for Christians in Muslim countries who want to spread the Good News of Jesus among their Muslim neighbors. Ask God to guide you to ways to explain His word to others.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)

Activities Story

Make a Tukel


Previous posts told about Christians in Sudan.

“Tukels” [TOO-kuhlz], like the one in the photo, are huts with cone-shaped roofs. Many Sudanese families live in tukels.

The roofs are made of neatly layered stalks of grass or grain. Sometimes, the roofs reach almost to the ground.

To make a tukel roof, trace around a saucer or small plate on thick paper or cardstock. Cut out the circle. Then cut one slit from the edge of the circle to the center. Slide one edge of the slit under the other and tape or staple the edges together to form a cone. Draw or glue grass or thin sticks on the roof.

To make walls, staple together the ends of a cardboard strip to form a circular shape smaller than the large end of the roof. Cut out a door. Put the roof on top of the walls.

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