It is said that unless we understand our opponents’ arguments, we don’t fully understand our own.
In The Crescent Through the Eyes of the Cross Syrian-born author and educator Nabeel Jabbour draws upon his background as a Middle Eastern Christian to offer a unique (and needed) perspective to the subject of Christianity and Islam.
In the first part of the book, Dr. Jabbour uses letters from his fictitious Muslim friend Ahmad to offer an Islamic perspective on Christianity, the gospel presentations, America, and other issues related to evangelism among Muslims. “Ahmad” explains how the Christian message has been presented to him in the past and how he feels about it. In many ways, this part of the book could have perhaps been titled The Cross Through the Eyes of the Crescent.
In the dozens of books that I have read on Islam, I don’t recall such an accurate peek inside the heart of our Muslim friends. Portions of what he says may offend some readers, but we still must hear what he has to say. As “Ahmad” puts it “(Christians) did not realize that they needed to allow me to air my anguish before I could listen. I could not listen to their message because I was hindered by them, the messenger.” As sobering as that thought is, my years of conversations with Muslims confirms that this is often their true feelings.
Later in the book, Jabbour offers his own observations as a Middle Easterner on how the cultural and political opinions of Westerners often hinder our witness. Again, this will not be a popular message – nor do you have to agree with all that he says – but it is a message that we need to hear and consider.
If you are in any way involved in evangelism to Muslims, I highly encourage that you read this book with an open mind and be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you about the approach that you are currently taking.
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