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Month July 2010

How to Understand Arabs

Possibly three-quarters of the world's Muslims are not from an Arabic background; however, Mohammed's Arab lifestyle and cultural background have profoundly influenced Islam. Arabs are Semites (descendants of Shem) with three types of Middle Eastern Arabs: the Joktanites, the Ishmaelites and the Keturahites.

How Muslims Understand God

Muslims believe that God is only one and He has no associates. Christians do not believe that Jesus is an associate of God but that He is God in the flesh (John 1:1-18). Knowing God as a Trinity is a profound thing. In the words of Francis Schaeffer: Love, communication and friendship have always been present between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity gives us an example of how to live.

The Importance of Arabic Names

Arabic names form the basis of many Muslim names around the world. Many of these names have significance drawn from the Islamic understanding of the God of Abraham. Given names and family names based on the 99 names of God used in Islam are quite common among Muslims from many nationalities.

How Muslims understand the Bible

The abundant references to Biblical characters in the Qur'an definitely show that Mohammed (Muhammed) was influenced by many aspects of Jewish and Christian teachings. However his idea of God does not include very significant Christian concepts about God. For example...