Day four – Basics of Islam quiz

Today is our day to reassess, which is basically a fun way of testing our knowledge. We begin with some general questions about the Arab world. Have fun…

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Day three – How we respond to the news

Why do you follow the news? Do you follow the news? What news do you follow? We have many options for selecting and filtering what news we are actually exposed to. Our choices, as well as trends in the news industry, may give us quite a distorted view of what is actually happening in the world. We are often encouraged or even constrained by the media to focus on just a few key stories at a time, giving the superficial impression that nothing else of importance is happening.

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Day two – Islamic beliefs about God

The Muslim Shahada (creed or statement of witness) is very simple: There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the apostle of God.

Muhammad’s fundamental mission was to combat idolatry and bring mankind back to the worship of the one true God. He saw himself as the last of a long line of prophets stretching back to Adam, with the key figures being Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. He believed that all the prophets had brought basically the same message: to believe in the one true God and to follow certain moral rules and ritual practices. The ritual (and even the moral) elements might change slightly due to different times and cultures, but the key core belief must remain the same.

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Day one – it’s time to rethink!

Welcome to Rethinking Ramadan. Your task for today is to decide what your level of commitment is going to be. How much time do you have each day – five minutes, ten minutes, half an hour? It would be great if you could set aside a realistic amount of time each day to read through the content and think about it. Some posts will be more reflective than others, but we hope each one will challenge you in some way.

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First quarter insights

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading… (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

The mental model of Muslim men and women throughout the Middle East – who believe that the law of their God brings peace and promotes prosperity, human dignity and honour – is in contrast to their real life experience. Already, during the first quarter of 2017, the world has witnessed pedestrians run down in London, children killed by chemical weapons in Syria and other unimaginable acts of violence in Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, France and other places – purportedly to acknowledge that their God is the greatest.

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