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Evangelists step up efforts to convert World Muslims.
Kevin Greeson, a Christian missionary in South Asia, says A Christian missionaries will be using the Qur’an’s mention of Jesus in engaging Muslims in dialogue to convert them to Christianity.
“I don’t mean to say Muslims are our enemy, but using the Qur’an as a bridge has allowed us to go deep, deep, deep into enemy territory,” said Greeson.
The world’s 1.2 billion Muslims are the top target of evangelical efforts to spread Christianity.
Greeson, who works for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Conference, was among mission professionals who discussed on Tuesday strategies during the “Breakthrough Among Muslims” conference, sponsored by the Alliance for Missions Advancement.
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report earlier this month, showing that most of the Arab leaders believe that the United States is “engaged in a war with the Arab world or Islam itself.” Which inspired President Bush to give his adviser Karen Hughes the job of improving America’s image globally and among Muslim nations in particular.
Mohammad Amir, a Muslim engineering student at Old Dominion University, says that back home in India, most of the people are aware of the United States’ intentions in the Middle East.
The American missionaries promoting Christianity, Amir said, add the “negative image people have about the policies of this country.”
Abdulla Bazaraa, director of the Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau in Washington, D.C. says that “If someone would come and try to approach Muslims and understand them and seek common ground, that would be accepted”. “To convert them… is not welcome.”
More than 27,000 missionaries are placed among the Muslims, says Greeson’s book. And some evangelicals say there’s never been a better time to target Muslims and convert them to Christianity.
Also, Chris Grady, a Regent student studying to become a missionary, said that the deadly tsunami that struck Asia in December has created an opening for Christian-based relief groups to demonstrate Christ-like compassion while delivering aid.
Iraqi patriarch slams US evangelicals The head of Iraq's largest Christian community has denounced American evangelical missionaries in his country for what he said were attempts to convert poor Muslims by flashing money and smart cars.
Patriarch Emmanuel Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said on Thursday that many Protestant activists had come to Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and set up what he called "boutiques" to attract converts.
Delly said Iraq did not need missionaries as its Christian churches dated back long before Protestantism. As for trying to convert Muslims, he said: "You can't even talk about that here."
Christians make up 3% of Iraq's 26 million mostly Muslim population, the largest group being the 600,000 Chaldeans who are Eastern rite Catholics linked to the Vatican.
Saying the evangelicals were not real missionaries, Delly said they attracted poor youths with displays of money and taking them "out riding in cars to have fun".
"Then they take photos and send them here, to Germany, to the United States and say 'look how many Muslims have become Christian'," he said.
The patriarch declined to say if the missionaries were a challenge for his church or if US authorities supported them.
Trying to convert Muslims
The idea of converting Muslims has gained some support among US evangelicals since the September 11 attacks, but foreigners who evangelise in Islamic countries must keep very low profiles.
Some were active in Iraq in the first year after Saddam Hussein's overthrow, but deteriorating security since then probably means many have left, Baghdad residents say.
"There may be between 100 and 200 there now," said Todd Johnson, an expert on world Christianity at the evangelical Gordon-Conwell Seminary near Boston, Massachusetts.
"They're mostly aid workers, I don't think there is much regular evangelising," he said.
Many Muslim countries consider Christian missionaries as part of a Western campaign against Islam and punish both the preacher and the apostate Muslim severely. Unnamed Iraqi groups killed at least five evangelical missionaries last year.
At least 20 Iraqis were also killed in bombings of Christian churches last year as unknown attackers stepped up pressure on non-Muslims there. Christian minorities in Muslim countries usually keep a low profile and do not evangelise.
Four US Baptist missionaries were killed in Iraq in March 2004 and seven South Korean Presbyterians were briefly kidnapped the following month.
That June, an armed group beheaded a South Korean truck driver who was an evangelical Christian.
Delly had no overall figures for these missions but said he knew of 14 evangelical houses in one central Baghdad neighbourhood alone.
"I don't know where their money comes from," he added.
The patriarch, who vigorously opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq and met French President Jacques Chirac - who also opposed it - on Wednesday, declined to comment on Washington's policy there or whether he had contacts with US authorities.
"Frankly, I try to avoid meeting them as much as possible," he said. "They are the occupiers. The occupied don't want to be occupied. That's human nature."
Delly, 77, ranks as an archbishop in the Catholic Church and is tipped as a possible future cardinal. Eastern rite prelates traditionally do not accept such honours but three - a Copt, an Assyrian and a Maronite - are now "princes of the Church".
Place of Muslim Women.
Place and role of Muslim women occupies the centre stage in the Judeo – Christian attack on Islam.
To outsiders, the equality of men and women in Islam is not always apparent. One of the reasons is that stereotypes, like the one about a Muslim women being required to walk behind her husband, flourished widely uncorrected.
They are kept alive by the print and electronic media and in some college text books. Marriage and the family: A brief Introduction, written by David Knox and Caroline Schacht and published by Wadsworth Publishing of Belmont, California, contains the following inaccurate, defamatory statements about Islamic beliefs and traditions.
“ A wife walking with her husband is expected to follow a few steps behind.”
“At meals, a woman eats only after the men have been served”.
In the presence of others, a wife must not speak to her husband or stare at him.”
And the most outrageous statement of all –
“In Islam. The most male oriented of the modern religions, a woman is nothing but a vehicle of producing sons.”
Wadsworth Publishing, a firm that supplies post-secondary texts in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences, has ceased distribution of the book and has sent to individual buyers and bookstores an “errata sheet” that corrects these false distributed. Unfortunately, the damage is done. Loose-leaf sheets are often lost of fail to find their way to the correct spot within the intended volumes.
The attempt at corrective action by Wadsworth was in response to the protest lodged by Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In a letter, Hooper wrote, “The fact that this anti-Muslim propaganda is targeted at impressionable students only makes the situation more disturbing…. More than 1,400 years ago Islam eliminated the chattel status of women, prohibited the pre-Islamic practice of female infanticide and gave women full control over their earnings and wealth. Other rights granted to women by Islam include the right of inheritance, the right to initiate divorce and the right to own a business.”
Similar stereotypes presented in a sixth grade classroom posed a dilemma recently to a twelve-year-old Muslim youth in Hastings Middle School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Kareem and his classmates were instructed by their teacher, Scott Hall, to “compare [in a written test] the treatment of women in the USA.” Kareem told his father, Taymour El-Hosseiny, how he met the problem. He said he wrote these words: “In the Middle East, men and women do not eat together, and, out of respect, women walk behind their husbands due to the Islamic religion.” Astounded, his father asked, “Is this what you learned in school?” Kareem answered, “Yes, Mr. Hall showed a video at school that taught us that.” His father remonstrated, “Surely you know that Islam does not require women to walk behind their husbands, nor does it prohibit men and women from eating meals together.” Kareem said, “Yes, I know, but I wanted to get a good grade on the test, and, although the answer I gave was not correct, I knew Mr.Hall would believe it was.”After El-Hosseiny sent a protest letter to the school, the offensive video was removed from the school library, and Kareem’s teacher was announced to the class that the information in the video about Islam was wrong. The school principal promised El-Hosseiny that other media materials would be examined carefully for accuracy.