Some estimate that there are 2.75 million Muslims in the USA. The amount of Muslims in Canada is predicted to triple in the next twenty years, rising to almost 3 million.
How do you feel about that? Do you have a negative stereotype based on Islam’s radical fringe? Have you had the privilege of making a close friendship with a hospitable, family-centered, highly devoted Muslim?
You may actually have more in common with some of your Muslims neighbors than with your typical secular American or Canadian. Muslims teach a lifestyle lived in surrender to the one true Creator God. They believe that Jesus was born to a virgin, taken to heaven, and they are waiting for His return. Committed Muslims do not eat pork or drink alcohol—something else in common with Seventh-day Adventists.
It would take a whole book to describe the various kinds of Muslims in North America and where they are and come from. The ten states with the largest Muslim populations are California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland. There are Somali, Mali, Sudanese and others from North African countries. There are many Urdu and Punjabi from Pakistan and Northeast India. Others come from Albania and Algeria, Bosnia and Bangladesh. Ethnic groups of Muslims by the tens of thousands, even the hundred thousands have come to America.
Unfortunately, one study shows that 42.5% of Muslims in North America do not personally know a Christian. That is sad, because while they are our brothers and sisters, most have not yet followed the instruction in their holy book, the Quran, to read the law, the prophets, and the gospel. They do not yet know Jesus as the Savior who has obtained full pardon for their sins and has the power to make the heart new. Your prayers can change that.
Watch Lester Merklin share his view of Islam and how Christians can befriend and reach out to Muslims.
An Adventist Approach to Islam. Ministry Magazine article by Larry Owens
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