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Ways to Reach out to Muslims this Christmas

المؤلف: Hussein Hajji Wario
التاريخ: 17.12.2010
Category: الجماعات البشرية التي لم تصلها الرسالة, المصالحة, معتقدات العالم

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It was the week before Christmas 1988. One of my former teachers, Mr. Buya, invited me to go to his home for Christmas. Even though I was a Muslim and did not celebrate Christmas, I traveled to his village. I still believe he had invited me with intent not to proselytize me.

Mr. Buya is a Christian from the Pokomo tribe—a “Christian” tribe, which has had dueling feuds with my Orma tribe for a few hundred years. (The Ormas were considered 100 percent Muslim.) They always fought over land and River Tana access. Though the Kenyan government has never admitted it, these clashes were due to these tribes’ religious differences. Even today Ormas and Pokomos share mutual fear and mistrust. Their feuds have claimed scores of lives. Read BBC reports here and here.

Mr. Buya was not teaching in a Muslim village by choice. The Kenyan government’s Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) posted him there. TSC posts and transfers teachers around the country without any input from them. You probably are wondering, considering the possible danger to Mr. Buya, why he was posted to teach at my village. The sad truth is there was no Orma who was qualified to be a primary school teacher at that time because early Muslim “missionaries” told my tribe it was wrong to get secular education. After all, they argued, secular education was for ilmu dunia, knowledge of the world. Instead, they insisted Orma children should attend madrassa where they gained ilmu akhirat, the knowledge of the hereafter.

Many other Kenyan Muslims also enrolled their children only in Islamic religious schools until the government mandated secular education. Even today most Kenyan Muslims in predominantly Muslim areas don’t take secular education seriously. The Kenya National Examination Council examination results don’t lie. I only was enrolled in a secular school because of the government mandate. I attended both madrassa and the secular school for five years until I graduated from the former.

Visiting Mr. Buya’s family for Christmas changed my perception of the Pokomos and Christians. They showed tremendous respect for my beliefs and even asked me to slaughter a goat they had bought for Christmas since as a Muslim I could not have eaten the meat had one of them slaughtered it. Their character was also different from Muslim leaders’ portrayal of Christians. All the negative stereotypes I had heard of the Pokomos and Christians were gone with one visit. I am grateful for that Christmas invite because it marked the beginning of a change in my life. If you would like to hear the rest of the story (my testimony), please listen to it here.

Hospitality: Christmas is almost here. There are many Muslims who wouldn’t decline our invitation to show hospitality. They might decline our invitation to attend a worship service but I doubt they would refuse to come for a meal. The Bible says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Millions of Muslims live in Christian majority countries now and do not even know who Christians actually are. Muslims are here to stay. They are our neighbors, doctors, classmates or even taxi drivers. Most of what they know about Jesus, Christianity and Christians is from the Qur’an and the Hadith and what their Muslim leaders tell them. Most of them view Christians as very evil people who believe in three gods—father, mother and son. Do you know this is the most heinous sin in Islam? What is wrong with us opening our homes to Muslims? They can benefit from a little hospitality, which might end up positively changing their lives for eternity.

كلمات مفتاحية: Outreach, Muslims, Christian, Christmas, Orma, Pokomo

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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني mgabrielle (0)
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I love how this article portrays characteristics that we should show in everyday life in and of itself. As Christians we should try to represent ourselves well because to one individual, how they see us may be how they interpret all Christians. Hospitality and respect are two concepts that should be shown as much as possible. With these relationships can be formed in so many ways. This article has definitely given me a different perspective when it comes to inviting others of different faiths over. 


04.05.2013
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني MzBoom (5)
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I love the simplicity of the witness just showing who we are in Christ. As guest at one’s home, the person can ask questions and we can answer them. That may be the seed that needs to be sown. No arguing, no debating, just friends talking and enjoying a meal and fellowship!


14.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني Rapture7 (2)
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@ MzBoom:

Simplicity, is sometimes the best artform of effective witness. Inviting someone to your home to eat a meal with you is so comfortable and it sows the seeds of giving, fellowship, and love, which are stepping stones to answer questions about Christ and his salvation.


Rachel


15.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني dianaleeballard (0)
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I have reached out many times over the years to invite those from other faiths to my home for the holidays, with mixed results. It encourages me to contunue to do so knowing how it changed your life.


11.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني MzBoom (5)
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@ dianaleeballard:

I agree that this article encourages one to have an open door policy and tghat one can reach others one person, one family one couple at a time.


14.07.2011
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@ dianaleeballard:

Mzboom, I just hosted one non-Christian family or person at a time. I aslo planned the event as an opportunity for other Christian friends to join in. ( limited number though, don’t want to overwhelm). Not sure much came of most of the dinners, but at least they knew we were nice people. Actually, most were students, transients through our community.


15.07.2011
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In order to reach other faiths. We have to show them love. I see by this article that witness can start off by baking some cookies, giving someone clothing and even inviting someone to dinner.

Rachel


13.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني MzBoom (5)
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@ Rapture7:

I saw the fellowship of friends learning about each other. Then the Holy Spirit does His work!


14.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني MzBoom (5)
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@ Rapture7:

I saw the fellowship of friends learning about each other. Then the Holy Spirit does His work!


14.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني christopherhaymes (1)
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Hussein,

I am so glad that you were reached out to in such a powerful way.  It is very encouraging to me and I can tell that your passion is not to reach those that walk in your former shoes.  It’s amazing how division is used to reach people, while true love, hospitality, and care is the only way that people will truly be reached under the Holy Spirit.  I do not come into contact with many muslims where I am from, but your words are an encouragement to anyone trying to be a light to those who are lost.


24.04.2011
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@ christopherhaymes:

All praise, honor and glory to God! Thank you for the encouraging comment. Please do not pass up an opportunity to talk to a Muslim, even if it is just about what is in the news.



25.04.2011

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