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Understanding the Koran: A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Bookby Mateen Elass
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Understanding the Koran is a quick, non-technical, popular introduction that shows the essence of what the mysterious Koran is all about and how it differs from the Bible.
The 1.3 billion Muslims throughout the world believe that the Koran (Qur'an) is the last revealed word of God and the prime source of their faith and practice. They believe it's a record of the exact words that God revealed through the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad during a 23-year period from AD 610-632.
This "heavenly" book in Arabic consists of 114 surahs (chapters) with 6,239 verses, making it slightly longer than the New Testament. It contains some stories and parables, but primarily consists of lists of commands and prohibitions. Each verse has both a clear meaning and an allegorical meaning. Muslims are expected to read the entire book through during the month of Ramadan.
This quick, nontechnical, popular introduction to the Muslim Holy Book shows the essence of what the Koran is all about and how it differs from the Bible.
What You Should Know about Islam's Holy Book
How is it like the Bible? How is it different? Why is it important?
Muslims believe the Koran exists as a literal book in heaven and was dictated to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is only the length of the New Testament, yet a fifth of the world claims it is the complete revelation of God. To most Americans, though, the Koran remains a mystery.
Did you know that the Koran teaches the virgin birth and miracle-filled, prophetic ministry of Jesus? Claims to fully embrace his teachings? Reveres Abraham, Moses, Jonah, and other biblical prophets?
Find out how the Koran resembles the Bible--and the drastic ways in which it differs. Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating essential grasp of Islam's holy book: where it came from, what it teaches, how Muslims view it, and how the Allah of the Koran compares with the God of the Bible.
Cherished as the final, perfect revelation of God's will by 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, the Koran has become a part of American life. Today, those who read and memorize it may work in your town, shop where you shop, or send their children to the same school your kids attend. What do you know about the holy book that shapes the lives and eternal destinies of your neighbors and a fifth of the world's population?
While some similarities exist between the Koran and the Bible, the differences are striking. Written by a pastor who was born to a Muslim father and raised in Saudi Arabia, Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating, easy-to-understand overview that will show you:
-Why the background behind the Koran is important
-How the Koran came intoexistence
-A summary of the main teachings of the Koran, including what it says about Jesus and the crucifixion
-Similarities and differences between Muslim and Christian views of God
-What the Koran teaches about Jihad and holy war
-What the Koran teaches about heaven and hell
More than furnishing you with an essential grasp of Islam's holy book, Understanding the Koran points you to the one thing that can draw your Muslim friends to Jesus--his love, demonstrated to them through you. Discussion questions enable you to use this book in group studies
"Understanding the Koran" is a nontechnical, popular introduction that shows the essence of what the mysterious Koran is all about and how it differs from the Bible. This lay-level introduction is designed to help Christians understand the book and the 1.3 billion Muslims who follow it.
A quick non-technical, introduction to the Koran designed to help Christians understand a hidden book revered by 1.3 billion Muslims, covering the background on its writing, a summary of its contents, a perspective on how it's used and viewed by Muslims, a comparison of differences and similarities to the Bible, and some suggestions on how it should and should not be used in conversations with Muslims.
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