Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? This has become the focus of a national discussion following the controversy over this issue at Wheaton College. Wheaton last week suspended political science professor, Larycia Hawkins, after she donned a hijab, or Muslim headdress, to show solidarity with Muslims, and then posted the following on her Facebook page: "I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God."
Today, the Chicago Tribune reported that talks between the college and Dr. Hawkins have reached a stalemate. Hawkins reportedly rejected an offer by the college that would revoke her tenure for two years, but would allow her to teach again in the fall.
Some, like author and theologian Miroslav Volf, have supported Hawkins' statement and alleged that her suspension was due to anti-Muslim bigotry. Yet, others are praising Wheaton College, saying the suspension was justified to protect sound theology. But few, if any, have the unique perspective that Nabeel Qureshi has. more >>
The Bishop of Garissa in Kenya has said that the group of Muslims who recently risked their lives to save fellow Christian bus passengers have shown terrorists that they do not have their support.
"It is a very good thing; a concrete sign that Kenyan Muslims are against violence," His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Alexander said, according to Fides News Agency.
"The Shabaab now know that they do not have the support of the Muslim community," Alexander added. "We hope that we continue in this direction, because a year ago there was a similar attack that caused a massacre." more >>
Two moderate Muslim women have decried non-Muslim females who are wearing hijabs in a show of solidarity, and argue that it only helps feed the strict interpretation of Islam that limits women's freedoms and requires them to hide their hair and faces.
After a Wheaton College professor announced earlier this month that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims, non-Muslim women across the country have joined the WISH (Women in Solidarity with Hijabis) movement and donned hijabs in public. Many have also posted pictures of themselves in hijabs to their various social media platforms.
As many women are wearing hijabs this holiday season with good intentions, two Muslim women who grew up in conservative Muslim families in Egypt and India wrote a Washington Post op-ed arguing that the solidarity hijab movement only hurts moderate Muslim women in their attempts to "reclaim" the religion from "the prongs of a strict interpretation" that impedes on the liberty of Muslim women. more >>
It is true that the three primary monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all believe in an eternal, uncreated Creator God to whom all human beings must one day give account. But it is self-evident that Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God.
First, God is the heavenly Father of Christians, but Allah is not the Father of Muslims.
This is one of the most fundamental revelations of the Bible, which is why Jesus taught His followers to pray the "Our Father" prayer on a daily basis (Matthew 6:9-13). The New Testament even goes as far as saying that God has put the spirit of sonship into our hearts so that we can call God "Abba," just as Jesus called His Father "Abba" (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). more >>
During an interview with NPR, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission commented on Wheaton College's suspension of tenured political science professor Larycia Hawkins after she wrote in a Facebook post that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God."
"As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that one worships God only through Jesus Christ," Moore said in the interview Sunday, after host Michel Martin said that Hawkins quoted Pope Francis as saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
"Is that a foundational belief among Muslims and Christians, to your knowledge?" the host asked. more >>
Some parents from Blaine, Minnesota, are angry after a local high school holiday concert last week had teenagers singing the Islamic "Allahu Akbar" phrase, among Christian and Jewish songs.
WCCO-TV reported that the controversy unfolded last week, with parents taking to social media to voice their complaints about students at Blaine High School singing a Ramadan song which included the "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" lyrics.
One parent, who did not want to be identified, claimed that singing a song praising Allah at Christmas time is "insensitive," while another said "no child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred." more >>