HOW WE FACE THE ISLAMIC INVASION IN AMERICA
by Monthir Abdullatif
Home Missionary to Muslims
This article is a warning for the Church of Jesus Christ to awaken to why Islam is growing In America. The New Testament Church must take heed to the advances of Islam, regain lost territory (souls), and advance to bring Muslims to Jesus.
My dream is that the United States of America will become an Islamic nation by the year 2000.~ These words, spoken by the vice-president of the Islamic college in Chicago, express the feeling of the majority of Muslims around the world. Islamic publications around the world are full of excitement over the achievements of Islamic organizations in the West.
At the dedication ceremony of the Islamic Center In Stockholm, Sweden, In 1983, the speaker said: “In the next 50 years we will capture the Western World for Islam. We have the men to do It, and above all, we are already doing It.” These are not just empty words. Muslims are taking an aggressive role In propagating their religion in America. With almost unlimited funding from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries, Muslims are actively engaged in organized programs aimed at improving their Image and at converting both black and white Americans.
In the last decade or so. there has been an explosion of Muslim Immigrants, students, and visitors to the United States. With the increase in numbers, we see an increase In Islamic activities and programs. There is hardly a major city in North America which does not have Islamic supermarkets, restaurants. mosques, and Islamic centers. Muslims are also getting into the media. Many Muslim publications:
books, magazines, and newspapers: are being published. Television and radio programs are being aired in major cities from the east to the west coast. It Is estimated that there are six to ten million Muslims In America. And It is estimated that hundreds of Americans are converting to Islam every year, with many coming from Christian and Jewish backgrounds. Wriy is this happening and where has the church failed? This Is the question we as Christians need to ask.
What are the Muslims doing?
For the past several years, Muslim leaders have gathered together to strateglze on the Islamlzation of America. Nationwide networks have been formed to connect the scattered Mosques and give Islam a stronger voice In America. They have accessed the colleges of America through Muslim student associations. These associations not only provide a strong sense of community for Muslim students, but also seek to convert Westerners and teach them In the ways of Islam. There are at least three hundred of these groups, and the number is growing every year.
The governments of Islamic countries are also offering millions of dollars worth of grants to universities to improve the Image of Islam in the United States. One such grant was given by Saudi Arabia to the Harvard Law School to develop a center for Islamic law. Hiring Muslim professors is part of that contract.
Every year new mosques are being built. There are now approximately 1500 mosques, with several hundred Islamic training centers attached to them for education, community support, legal representation, polical Involvement, and training in how to propagate Islam.
An entire Muslim community has been built in New Mexico. Dar Al-Islam advertises its boarding school as a place to protect children from the immorality, violence, and drugs that are rampant In public schools.
Islam is spreading far more quickly In American prisons that most Americans can even imagine. In one prison, three protestant chaplains were replaced by one Muslim chaplain.
Many Muslim men are deliberately marrying non-Muslim American women. Not a few of these women are church-goers. After the wedding, the young wife is often pressured to adopt Muslim practices. It is not unusual for her to be coerced to cut her ties with Christian friends. When children are born, the husband usually Insists that they be raised as Muslims, in compliance with Islamic law.
Recently, the United States Anny selected and commissioned Captain Abdur Rashld Muhammad as the first Muslim chaplain. The reason for this Is that there are approximately 10,000 Muslims In the United States armed forces. However, Muslim representatives have also expressed a desire to provide Islamic awareness seminars to non-Muslim soldiers and to military organizations. These seminars actually are opportunities for Muslims to spread their religion. This practice is consistent with the stated goals of Muslims to spread Islam in the West.
The political arena is a major focus for Muslims. In many communities, leading Muslims seek to be on a first-name basis with city officials. Some join commissions and community programs, seeking to influence and to convince their communities that their presence Is an asset. Nationwide organizations, such as the American Muslim Council, have the determination to Infiltrate and influence Washington, D.C.. at the top of their agenda.
Perhaps unknowingly, non-Muslim Americans seem to be aiding the Muslim cause. Increasingly, the
American media is painting a positive picture of Islam. Communities that welcome the building of
mosques receive glowing headlines in local papers. In such articles, Islam Is often praised while
Christianity Is criticized.
Muslims are using their freedom in the United States to advance the cause of Islam. Such freedom Is completely unavailable to Christians in Muslim countries. While recognizing that Muslims, like followers of other religions, must be allowed to exercise these freedoms, we must actively inform our political leaders regarding human rights abuses in Muslim countries. We must demand that Muslim countries give the same freedoms to non-Muslims that Americans show toward Muslims.
Jesus understood his times. He was not ignorant of the corruption, hypocrisy, and deception of the
Pharisees and other Jewish leaders. He also knew the sin and darkness of the people he met every day.
Yet his attitude was that of compassion because they were “fainted and scattered abroad, as sheep having
no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
Following Jesus’ example, we must realize that Muslims are lost. We need to understand the deception in Islam, the incorrectness of their view of God, and the dangers of their political agenda. Yet, we need to have the compassion of Jesus towards them as we recognize their need to know the good news of God’s love and salvation. We must learn to love and accept them without accepting their beliefs.
On the Day of Pentecost, there were people from many lands, Including Libya, Thrkey, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern nations. They were In Jerusalem by God’s providence to hear the gospel and carry the good news back to their nations. Today, each American city Is a modern Jerusalem. We must see the influx of Muslims to America as both a challenge and an opportunity to proclaim the gospel to them and through them to the entire Muslim world.
After I arrived in the United States and settled In Detroit, I saw that the Islam religion, a false religion, was growing very fast in this country. The Lord put a great zeal and burden In my heart to reach the Muslims. I found that there was no worker among the Muslims in the fundamental Baptist movement. These Muslims need somebody to go and reach them. The Bible says, “How shall they believe In Him of whom they have not heard, how shall they hear without a preachers’ (Romans 10:14). The Lord called me to this mnlnistry to reach my native people because I know their culture, religion, and language. I decided to use all my efforts to win many Muslims to Christ.
Now many Muslims from different Islamic countries have come to faith In Jesus Christ through our ministry. The Light of Life Ministry captures every opportunity to bring God’s love to the Muslims In America. We reach the Muslim In different ways:
1. RadIo program
2. Door-to-door evangelism
3. Bible distribution
4. Correspondence courses
5. Home Bible study
7. Cassette ministry
The Light of Life Ministry Is the only fundamental Baptist ministry work among the Muslims in the United States. We need the fundamental Baptist churches to open their doors to us to present our ministry to the Christians in these churches. We need to raise our support as soon as possible because the time Is very short. We need to establish a radio program in many large cities in America. We need to have a television program to reach the Muslims. We need to spread the Word of God to every Muslim in America, and we need to purchase a large quantity of Bibles every month. All these things will not happen until the fundamental Baptist churches make the decision to stand behind us.
I started the first fundamental Baptist church among the Muslims in Detroit. Now I have started to make new disciples so they will be able to reach their people. Also, the Lord has given us the great opportunity to conduct many seminars in many fundamental Baptist churches in America. Also, we are ready to provide your church with different tools in the Arabic and English languages for the ministry to Muslims.