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Five Concepts Christians Could Learn from Muslims

Updated on April 18, 2012
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Do Muslim's Have Something Right?

The Islamic religion is one that is as old as organized Christianity. Both claim the same ancestry through Abraham - worshiping the same God. However, because of centuries of battling and uneasy treaties between the two, Christians have often looked at Muslims with skepticism and intimidation. As wars continue to break out between governments and factions of the two world religions, it is understandable why Christians might be afraid of studying Islam too deeply.

Though the religious governments and extremists are not a great example (and the same could be said about Christians), when actually looking into the beliefs and lifestyle of the Islamic religion, there are many lessons that Christians could learn. Below I will list 5 that I have observed.

Disclaimer: I know that it is very likely that some people will read this article with an opinion of distaste already in their minds. My goal is not to convert anyone to Islam, it is simply to open people's minds and help them grow personally. I want to make it clear that I do not believe any religion should control a government, Muslim or Christian. I am not suggesting that any of these ideas be made into laws that all must follow. However, for Christians desiring a deeper walk with their Creator and God, Jesus Christ, an implementation of some of these concepts into one's personal life could add great value.

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Some of Islams Admirable Traits

As someone who has been born and raised a Christian, it is sometimes easy for me to treat God more as a pass-time - a vending machine where I can place prayers for rewards, or a one way ticket to eternal life. I've noticed that our Muslim brothers have some very noble lifestyle choices that I believe are seriously worth considering.

1. Praying 5 Times a Day

How many Christians do you know who don't even pray five times a WEEK? Although it is sad, I can say that it is difficult for me to dedicate a specific amount of time (even 30 seconds to a minute) to God five times a day. Imagine if Christians, who have the assurance that God loves them even when they mess up, prayed five times a day... I am confident this world would be a much different place - for the better.

2. Dressing Modestly

Although the conservative Islamic view of dressing may be a bit more then I think is necessary, the concept is a good one. The Ten Commandments tell us not to covet or commit adultery, and Jesus tells us not even to look at someone lustfully. Although this is something that takes place in the mind, a doubt there is anyone who can honestly say that what they see doesn't effect their thoughts. If Christians spent a little bit less time focused on looking attractive, and focused more on accepting others, maybe we would have healthier communities with lower crime rates.

3. Avoiding unclean meat and alcohol

Muslims do not believe they should eat unclean meets (those mentioned in Deuteronomy 14 and Leviticus 11 as unclean by God). Although it can be debatable about whether or not this is a salvational issue, the fact is, the meats listed in these verses are the most unhealthy meats available. They are the meats that carry the most diseases and have the largest amounts of fat. Personally, I've never seen a fat Muslim.

Alcohol is something that causes serious problems in the lives of many people. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 people who start drinking end up having some form of addiction to liquor. As Christians, if we believe our bodies are the temple of God, and we need to be in our right mind to serve him, should we even risk the chance of being that one out of three who becomes addicted? Can I love my family if I abandon them for the bottle? Again, this is another place where Muslims may be making the right move.

4. Being Able to Quote One's Holy Book

How many Christians can actually quote scripture? I've heard about many Muslims who, even though they cannot read, know significant amounts of the Koran. How can I claim to be a follower of God when I don't even read or know the book that he's given me. That's like saying that I'm married to a woman but I never listen to anything she has to say! (I'm sure that happens frequently, but I doubt you would call that a healthy relationship). Us Christians should start to consider spending a little less time criticizing other religions or memorizing movie lines, and a little bit more time learning about the God we claim to follow.

5. Making Life Part of One's Religion

Many westerners are comfortable making religion a part of life, but that is not what God asks of his followers. He wants us to make our lives a part of his religion. Jesus committed fulling to teaching about the love of God - all the way to the cross. Many times we are uncomfortable speaking about God if it means someone looks at us funny. The famous liberator of India, Mahatma Ghandi, said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Could it be that many of our struggles with Islam have less to do with how Muslims act and more to do with how Christians act?

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Making It Personal

So often we like to look at our personal religion and the religions of others as ideas, rather than beliefs. We theoretically discuss and debate them, never spending enough time pondering them to start falling in love with the God behind them. We argue and we fight, but we forget about God. We believe that God is too small to stand up for himself and so we fight and kill to "defend" him, when in all reality, all he has ever asked us to do is to love.

I know that it may be very tempting to debate ideas and theories in the comments below, and that is acceptable. However, I do request that you spend some time thinking about you personal relationship with whatever view of God you may have, and ask yourself, "Am I living the life that He desires of me?"

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      crayonbrains 3 years ago from The World Is Mine !

      A very interesting Hub ! it set me thinking. Thank you for sharing.

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      Courtney 4 years ago

      I am a 22 year old christian and though I used to feel fear and even anger when I saw a muslim or heard someone talk about their islamic faith, over the past few years or so, I have learned the error of my ways. I attended college at a private women's college and there were many international students in the student-body, many of whom were muslim. I spent many times studying, hanging out, and even travelling with muslim friends and we openly discussed our religions. Your article holds a lot of truth and I have learned so much from my muslim friends that I try to apply in my own religion. Now, I embrace other cultures and religions and it disturbs me when people shun others just because of religion. Most religions worship the same God and though you may not agree with the way or views of one religion, God teaches tolerance among other things and we can always be tolerant of one another which could lead to learning new things about yourself and your own religious walk with God.

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      Heather 5 years ago from PA

      I agree that most Christians, myself more than included in that statement, should be more focused on Christ than we are with everything else this world has to "offer". Wonderfully written!

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      A. M. Noor 5 years ago

      Robert. The first verse that was revealed in the Quran was "Read" Islam encourages all to acquire knowledge and in particular about God or Allah as we call Him. Once we understand our Creator we will slowly begin to know ourselves. Its unfortunate that sometimes Muslim behavior is regarded as what God expects of us, so best way to know about Islam and believers is to read the Quran.

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      Chris Neal 5 years ago from Fishers, IN

      You make some interesting points. Still, how many Muslims pray five times a day simply because it's commanded and that's all it is? And Islam makes life and religion inseparable in ways that Jesus never meant for it to, which is why Muslim relief groups never showed up in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

      But we definitely should be more serious about Jesus!

      Voted up!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Robert, interesting observations and following your advice from another article of yours, will be Sharing this.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I agree completely Molly, it would be great if we DID what we said we believed. Thoughtful comment.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Robert, I've noticed that, too. You have to admire anyone who really puts their money where their mouth is, even if you don't agree with their beliefs. (Of course I'm excluding the violent here). Jesus often taught that what you do *is* what you believe.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I agree to that molometer! It would be wonderful if both sides would learn how to respect each other a bit more. Thanks for the read!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Robert,

      These religions do share a lot more in common than some would like to admit.

      You made the point about Abraham and all the prophets.

      I just wish they would all get along.

      Interesting hub well done.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I like your belief here completely. If the rest of us could start thinking like you, I bet the world would be a much better place.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Robert I get what you are saying. I personally do not condone either religions actions of evil. Why can we not see each as our brother or sister, regardless of religion, sect, colour, creed, race, and live in harmony. The moment we draw a line between each other regardless the reason bitterness will find a way to destroy harmony.

      God is love and God teaches love regarless of what "ISM" we might be party to.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      That's a very deep and intense answer Dave. Thanks for sharing. So what I am hearing you say here is that you cannot condone a religion that believes it needs to kill for it's God. Is that right? Because, sadly Dave, we are part of a religion that has done the same thing. I've talked with several people who have spoken with Muslims from the Middle East. When they hear the word "Christian" what immediately comes to mind is the Crusades, slavery at the hands of the British and French, and American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Although you can argue "that is not how Christians should act" or "Christians who act this way are not true followers of Christ", from an Arabic Muslim point of view, they are one and the same. After all, as soon as the army clears a place out, missionaries come with Bibles (not a holy war?), and a good number of preachers (hopefully not yours) are all for destroy the followers of Allah (who some believe is actually Satan).

      We cannot deny that there are some cruel Muslims who live terrible lives. But then, we can say the same thing about many Christians as well. If we judged every religion by its followers, all would be essentially evil.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I know and realize the similarities between Christianity and Islam, and until the 9/11 attack upon the USA. I would have welcomed a Muslim man or woman as my brother or sister, but I cannot accept any person as friend or brother who religiously condones the actions by faith taken by the Muslim extremists that carried out such a deed. Any person who would believe that to strap a bomb to themselves or a vehicle to kill others, any person who can condone the hijacking of four passenger airliners and crash or try to crash the planes into innocent civilian inhabited buildings of business, in the name of their God Allah, is a terrorist and if the God of Islam condones terrorists and such actions, then I can no longer have respect for such people or for their religious beliefs.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I think that is a very deep comment Hubert. It is always unfortunate when the leaders of a religious group focus more on their interpretation then what the book actually says. Thanks for sharing.

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      There is good and bad in all religions. The good are the people, the bad are the radicals and leaders who want to control eveyone else in the name of God. "My way is God's way Gods way is my way. Do what I say or I will kill you. Do what I tell you that God says, or I will kill you for him".