There is a battle raging in Florida courts over the fate of a 17 year old girl named Rifqa Bary who has run away from home. According to Rifqa, she converted to Christianity from Islam 4 years ago after having a personal encounter with Jesus Christ...and now her life is in danger.
Although she endeavored to keep this a secret - hiding her Bible, stealing away to church meetings, praying in private - her family eventually found out. Now, she has run away from home claiming that her father has threatened to kill her in the name of Allah for this betrayal.
There is a debate about whether this is a supported practice in Islam or simply a cultural anomaly. However, a precedent for such a practice certainly does exist in the Qur'an. Mohamed tells a parable in the Qur'an about an interaction between Moses and a servant of Allah who was most knowledgable of Allah's ways.
Qur'an (translated by M.H. Shakir) Sura 18, Aya 74:This individual in the parable - who is a most knowledgeable servant of Allah - states that it was acceptable to kill this young boy for fear that he will disgrace his family. This at its core is a depiction of the "honor killing" phenomenon...and it is found in the Qur'an. The servant most knowledgeable in the ways of Allah attests that there is no redemption in Islam, only death and destruction.
“So they [Musa & the servant of Allah] went on until, when they met a boy, he [the servant of Allah] slew him. [Musa] said: Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for manslaughter? Certainly you have done an evil thing”
The servant of Allah later explains:
Qur'an (translated by M.H. Shakir) Sura 18, Ayat 80, 81:
“And as for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should make disobedience and ingratitude to come upon them. So we desired that their Lord might give them in his place one better than him in purity and nearer to having compassion”
Although some try to assert that the god of Islam is the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, this is patently false. Nothing makes that clearer than the very character of the God.
The True & Living God knows how to deal with the hardness of man's heart (the law), but at the same time Himself provides an avenue for redemption (mercy and grace).
The Scriptures tell a story of King Solomon's wisdom, where he commanded that a child be cut in half in order to settle a dispute between two women. The woman who was not the mother desired to have the child's life destroyed. However, the mother offered to give up the child just to save his life.
The God who makes provision for man's life to be saved is the one who is his Creator. Jesus Christ proves Himself to be the One, True, God for it is He alone who has given of Himself so that man might be saved, and not condemned.
There can be no religion of peace without the Prince of Peace. Man has tried for centuries to do things his own way, to define his own sense of morality, his own god...but he always winds up with death. Without Jesus Christ, there can be no life.
The god of Islam is patterned after the image of fallen man, and even Islam's "Heaven" is patterned after the image of fallen man. If incessant sex in the afterlife is the best that a god has to offer man, then there is no hope. According to Islamic belief, a woman has no personal value - even in the afterlife - and is merely a piece of property to be owned and used. Likewise, a man is nothing more than a lustful dog in heat unable to be satisfied. So this is Heaven? Where people are overrun by bondage and lust? This is God's eternal blessing to humanity?
There are more similarities between Catholicism and Islam than meets the eye (i.e. idolatry, sodomy, matriarchal bondage, demonic visitations presented as divine, prayer beads, man-made traditions, perverted view of the afterlife, worship of the lady "Fatima"...). False religion is false religion. Deception by any other name is still deception.
Now is the time to seek Jesus with your whole heart so that you are not led astray. Keep this young girl in prayer and may we each display the courage and conviction not to be moved from our faith in the Lord, even at the threat of death.
"When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up." Psalms 27:10