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Top 10 Missionary Tactics

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Christian missionaries are ever busy trying to convert Muslims out of Islam and into Christianity, utilizing several arguments to try and win the Muslim over. The following article compiles the top ten most popular Christian missionary arguments that are often employed against Muslims, many of these arguments are often dubious, as well as deceptive.

Tactic # 1: The Quran says the Bible is true and not corrupted

This tactic is becoming one of the their favorite argument to use, that the Quran calls the modern Bible we possess to be the truth, and that it is un-corrupt. Indeed the implications of this argument are obvious, if the Quran calls the Bible true and uncorrupted, then we should become Christians and believe in Jesus' death amongst other Christian beliefs. It’s sort of a catch 22 situation, if the Quran confirms the Bible, then the Bible must be correct and Muslims must follow the Bible i.e. becoming Christian, but if the Quran confirms the Bible it also means the Quran is not true and incorrect as it contradicts several teachings of the Bible.

It must be said though, that the reason missionaries are using this argument more and more is because they have literally lost all hope of converting mass amounts of Muslims through their actual message and preaching, Christian missionaries know that most Muslims simply don't buy into the Christian doctrine of Jesus being God, Jesus dying for our sins and so on. So their only chance and option now is to resort to try and use the Quran to try and convince the Muslims into believing the Bible.

So now to the argument, does the Quran actually confirm the Bible, the present day one we have? Off course not, the Quran confirms the ORIGINAL Bible and revelation given to Moses, Jesus, and the other prophets. All major textual scholars of the Bible have agreed that the Bible we have today is not the original Bible.

Now we do have a verse from the Quran that indeed does call the modern day Bible to be corrupt, a verse missionaries often like to overlook or ignore:

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 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- 



So notice, according to the Quran the Christians follow nothing but conjecture, corruption, and I ask, what do the Christians follow? They follow the New Testament, this is the book that claims that Jesus died, and rose from the dead, the Quran calls this a corruption.

What about the present day Jewish scripture? The Quran says:

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Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: "This is from Allah," to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby. 



So according to the Quran the Jews wrote their own writings and then claimed it was from God.

Lastly, here is what Ibn Abbas said regarding the both the Jewish and Christian scripture:

Volume 9, Book 92, Number 461:

 Narrated Ubaidullah:

Ibn 'Abbas said, "Why do you ask the people of the scripture about anything while your Book (Quran) which has been revealed to Allah's Apostle is newer and the latest? You read it pure, undistorted and unchanged, and Allah has told you that the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) changed their scripture and distorted it, and wrote the scripture with their own hands and said, 'It is from Allah,' to sell it for a little gain. Does not the knowledge which has come to you prevent you from asking them about anything? No, by Allah, we have never seen any man from them asking you regarding what has been revealed to you!"

Ibn Abbas was one of the most knowledgeable Muslim of his time, he was a great Islamic scholar, and was also taught Islam and the Quran from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself.

What makes the hadith and claims of Ibn Abbas even more interesting is that missionaries have began to spread a myth that the Muslim argument of the Quran calling the Bible corrupt is a modern argument made by Muslims, i.e. it wasn’t an original concept from the early Muslims but something that began later on.

Well the hadith of Ibn Abbas completely refutes this assertion, Ibn Abbas was an early Muslim, he was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself, and uttered this statement of the Bible being corrupt in the first generation of Muslims!

 

Tactic # 2: The Quran tells Muslims to ask the Jews and Christians if they have doubts

This is another deceptive trick by the missionaries; they will quote the following verse:

If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt. (10:94)

After quoting this the missionary will say “see, you should come to us if you have questions!' Of course this tricks the Muslim into actually believing that, that the Christian is to be consulted on your questions, and that you should follow his guidance!

The implication of this is that we should accept Jesus as God, our savior, and so on and so on.

Now as usual, the missionary is twisting things, because the Quran is not saying what the missionary is trying to make it say, rather the Quran is being very specific in this verse, and is referring to a very specific situation.

Now Surah 10:94 is to be applied in the specific sense, not the general, hence Surah 10:94 is dealing with one specific issue, which if you happen to be in doubt about, then go ask the Christians. This then brings us to the next issue, what specific topic is Surah 10:94 referring to? Well the specific issue that is being mentioned here is the advent of Muhammad's (AS) prophethood.

The Quran is telling the prophet and the Muslims that if you happen to be in doubt about Muhammad (AS) as a prophet, then simply console the people of the book, and they will be able to confirm this is the truth due to the fact that Muhammad (AS) was prophesized and foretold in their own books.

The Quran makes it clear that Muhammad (AS) is prophesized in the previous scriptures:

 "Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper." (7:157)

Ibn Kathir a well known commentator of the Quran comments on this verse:

This is the description of the Prophet Muhammad in the Books of the Prophets. They delivered the good news of his advent to their nations and commanded them to follow him. His descriptions were still apparent in their Books, as the rabbis and the priests well know.Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Sakhr Al-`Uqayli said that a bedouin man said to him, "I brought a milk-producing camel to Al-Madinah during the life time of Allah's Messenger. After I sold it, I said to myself, `I will meet that man (Muhammad) and hear from him.' So I passed by him while he was walking between Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I followed them until they went by a Jewish man, who was reading from an open copy of the Tawrah. He was mourning a son of his who was dying and who was one of the most handsome boys. The Messenger of Allah asked him (the father), (I ask you by He Who has sent down the Tawrah, do you not find the description of me and my advent in your Book) He nodded his head in the negative. His son said, `Rather, yes, by He Who has sent down the Tawrah! We find the description of you and your advent in our Book. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that you are the Messenger of Allah. ' The Prophet said (to the Companions),

So this is the context of Surah 10:94, it is about going to the people of the book and asking them about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the prophesies that foretold of his coming.

So if any of you are in doubt about the message, then go ask the people of the book, and if they are honest they will affirm that Muhammad (AS) is mentioned in their own books.

Surah 10:94 is not applied in the general sense, it is only on a very specific issue, which is the advent of Muhammad (AS) in the Bible.

 

Tactic # 3: Uthman burned all the Qurans!

This is another lovely missionary trick, in which they try to attack the Quranic textual integrity, and to throw doubts on its authenticity and preservation.

For starters the missionaries leave out major information when making this claim, which off course is to be expected, because as I earlier mentioned, their arguments are deceptive.

The early Muslims always had an original copy of the Quran, which was collected and put together during Abu Bark's rule, the first caliph and leader of Islam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This Quranic copy however was not a standardized Quran, it was not sent out and made into copies.

Yet when Uthman came into power, Islam had greatly expanded into other Arab and non-Arab territories, and as a result some differences arose in DIALECT, this basically means the way Quran was recited, not an issue of textual differences, rather dialectal differences, and this lead to competition, one group would say our dialect is better than yours and eventually this would lead to problems and confusion.

So Uthman decided to make copies of the official complete Quranic manuscript which was made during the time of Abu Bakr which was also done in the Qurayshi dialect, that of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself, after Uthman made copies of them he sent them out to each major Muslim province and the process continued and continued.

The material which Uthman burnt were not even OFFICIAL ORIGINAL STANDARDIZED QURANIC TEXTS, some of the texts which were burnt were mere personal fragments, hence it is false to say Uthman went around burning Qurans. Secondly these burned ‘Qurans' were not even for general use, they were only made for specific tribes etc, and most times they were simple personal collections, hence again it is false to say Uthman went around burning Qurans, what Uthman did was burn texts that were not complete Qurans and he replaced them with the REAL ORIGINAL COPY, he basically averted the mess the modern day Bible finds itself in with no actual original copy.

Here is a hadith that explains what happened:

Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman came to Uthman at the time when the people of Sham and the people of Iraq were Waging war to conquer Arminya and Adharbijan. Hudhaifa was afraid of their (the people of Sham and Iraq) differences in the recitation of the Qur'an, so he said to 'Uthman, "O chief of the Believers! Save this nation before they differ about the Book (Quran) as Jews and the Christians did before." So 'Uthman sent a message to Hafsa saying, "Send us the manuscripts of the Qur'an so that we may compile the Qur'anic materials in perfect copies and return the manuscripts to you." Hafsa sent it to 'Uthman. 'Uthman then ordered Zaid bin Thabit, 'Abdullah bin AzZubair, Said bin Al-As and 'AbdurRahman bin Harith bin Hisham to rewrite the manuscripts in perfect copies. 'Uthman said to the three Quraishi men, "In case you disagree with Zaid bin Thabit on any point in the Qur'an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish, the Qur'an was revealed in their tongue." They did so, and when they had written many copies, 'Uthman returned the original manuscripts to Hafsa. 'Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had copied, and ordered that all the other Qur'anic materials, whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies, be burnt. Said bin Thabit added, "A Verse from Surat Ahzab was missed by me when we copied the Qur'an and I used to hear Allah's Apostle reciting it. So we searched for it and found it with Khuzaima bin Thabit Al-Ansari. (That Verse was): 'Among the Believers are men who have been true in their covenant with Allah.' (33.23) (Bukhari)

 

Tactic # 4: The Bible has thousands of manuscripts!

The missionaries for some strange reason love boasting about their thousands of Bible manuscripts, they assert that since the Bible has so many manuscripts, it serves as proof that the Bible cannot be corrupted or else the manuscripts would prove it. They also assert that so many manuscripts allow them to compare and be confident about the text of their Bible, since there are thousands of manuscripts to check them with.

As usual the missionary does not tell all, indeed the Bible contains thousands upon thousands of manuscripts, yet none of these manuscripts agrees with the other! There are over 400,000 textual variants amongst these manuscripts! The textual variants include mere spelling mistakes, doctrinal differences, as well as INTENTIONAL ADDITIONS AND OMMISSIONS.

As Bart Ehrman says, when a Christian talks about the Bible, which Bible? The one in this manuscript or the one in the other? So indeed, it is great that the Bible has thousands of manuscripts, because it gives us so much evidence to disprove the Bible as a preserved text.

Furthermore, what missionaries don't tell you is that none of these manuscripts are the original, they are copies of the copies of the copies etc etc etc of the original. There is no such thing as an original text anywhere within Christian textual tradition or history. Unlike the Quran, the Quran has a tradition and history of having an original copy, from which other copies was made into an official standardized Quran by Uthman, for Christianity there is no such thing. Furthermore nearly all scholars agree that Uthman's standardized Quran is virtually preserved and has no problems with it, and I'm talking about none-Muslims.

Moving on, we have several Biblical manuscripts that include books that are no longer part of today's Bible. Rather they have been thrown out as heretical books, yet if you were living in the days of early Christianity certain books which are not included anymore would be available back then as being part of the Bible. Furthermore, certain books that are in today's Bible were not part of the Bible back in the days of early Christianity.

So the manuscripts of the Bible hardly serve to verify it’s accuracy, all the manuscripts do is cast a great deal of doubt on the Bible’s preservation, and authenticity.  

 

Tactic # 5: Jesus loves you!

This is another tactic they often like to utilize; they always repeat that God, Jesus, loves you so much! This is assuming that Allah does not love you. Yet as we all know, Allah loves the Muslims too, and there are full of beautiful parables within Islamic text that describe Allah's vast care and love for his believers.

The missionary tactic is all based on duping the Muslim into feeling that their own God doesn't love them, it is to make the Muslim feel bad, and small, and right after this the Christian will say Jesus loves you, to fill that hole the missionary has left by his former deception that Allah doesn't love you, and this can work very effectively sometimes, many people want to be loved.

Now some of you who read this might not be duped by such arguments, but there are many ignorant Muslims who are very easy to prey upon, and this is exactly what the missionaries do.

This whole argument is basically an emotional one, once again, as I earlier said, most missionaries have lost complete hope in actually converting Muslims through giving them the main doctrine of Jesus being God, Jesus dying for your sins and so on, they know this makes virtually no sense to Muslims so they’re obviously not going to convince them through that method.

So what to do? Use emotional arguments.

 

Tactic # 6: Pretend to be Muslim!

This deceptive tactic comes straight from the apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verses 19-22:

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

So notice how Paul would pretend to be different persons, to a Jew he pretends to be Jewish, and to a gentile (Greek) he pretends to be a Greek. Christian missionaries have directly followed this example of Paul, you will literally have Christian missionaries who pretend to be Muslims, they will claim they are Muslims, yet you will find out that they support Israel, a Christian version of Zionism, claim Jesus is divine, that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not special. Some may call me paranoid, but here is one site for you:

http://www.arabsforisrael.com/

This site pretends to be Muslim, yet from the first day I saw it I said this is a fake, lo and behold I did some research into the sites owner, Nonie Darwish, and she eventually turns out to be an apostate and convert to Christianity! Yet this is not mentioned anywhere on the site, and the site continues to pretend to be Muslim.

Then you also have the book titled the True Furqan, by Anis Shorrosh, a well-known missionary. He made this book trying to make it sound like the Quran, yet the book was filled with Christian messages, all of it meant to dupe and trick the Muslims, they thought they were reading the Quran, yet it's really a Christian book in disguise.

Not only will some missionaries pretend to be Muslim or release their propaganda work in Islamic tones and so forth, some of them will go as far as to pretend that they were former Muslims. Take for example, Ergun Caner, who’s been completely exposed as supposedly being a former Muslim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRDyOaCJ3t0 (part 1 of a very long series)

 

Tactic # 7: Make things up!

This is one of the most deceptive tactics; the missionary actually resorts to literally making things up, things that do not exist in any Islamic text! One example would be that Jesus knows the final hour according to the Quran, this lie has been made by Anis Shorrosh, and continues to be made by many other missionaries, yet no such single text exists, and when you ask them for the verse they go quiet.

Many Muslims are not experts in everything the Quran says, hence they’d have no idea to verify whether the missionary would literally be making things up, yet sadly that is the reality.

Dr. James White, a scholar, resorted to doing such a thing during his debate with Dr. Shabir Ally, Dr. White claimed that Muslims beat Ibn Masud (a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) so bad that he died later from his wounds, when Dr. Shabir asked for proof and said that Dr. White was mistaken, Dr. White persisted in his argument, claiming it is in Abu Dawud's Kitab Al Masahif, yet Dr. White did not quote Abu Dawud, he was quoting an English Christian book!

You can watch this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs6XJf0_4rA

 

Tactic # 8: Try to pit Islamic prophets against each other

Missionaries will often try to use Quranic texts to pit one prophet against another, particularly Jesus (AS) vs Muhammad (AS). For instance they will say that according to Islam Isa (AS) raised the dead, cured the leper, healed the blind, and is still alive. After this they will say the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) didn't raise the dead, heal the blind, and that Muhammad (AS) is dead. So they try to use Islamic texts to make one better than the other, indeed this is probably the most pathetic tactic of all, because if missionaries bothered to do their homework, each prophet has their own uniqueness and specialty according to Islam.

For instance Adam (AS) is the first man ever, his beginning started in heaven itself! He is the father of all men.

Prophet Solomon (pbuh) had a great kingdom, a kingdom so great and unique that no other person shall ever have, according to the Quran.

The list could go on, each prophet has their own unique blessings and miracles, and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no different, he is the final prophet, he is a prophet for mankind, he will intercede for the Muslims on judgment day.

Yet even with all of this you wont here Muslims going around saying oh you see Muhammad (AS) has this and Jesus (pbuh) doesn't. This is not the Islamic method, we make no distinction between the prophets, perhaps missionaries should learn about this. In fact this missionary tactic is quite interesting, it is a classic case of trying to divide and conquer.

 

Tactic # 9: Will not give you much info about the Bible

This is another tactic they use, you see friends, the missionary will first want to indoctrinate you, essentially brainwash you. The Missionary will give you such a rosy lovely picture of Christianity and the Bible.

The missionary will never allow an ignorant person to wander off into their Bible, no way! Rather the Missionary will quote small bits and pieces, to make you feel all dandy and colorful, there is no way the missionary will show you some of the questionable stuff.

Unlike in Islam, where one of the main method of dawah is to simply allow the non-believer to read the Quran for himself, as the truth and evidences are so great he will become convinced by it. Off course the person may get some difficulties, and will ask questions etc, yet this is part of the process of dawah, to be there to explain what confuses the person and to make things easy for him. Such a concept is absent in missionary work.

Why do you think when missionaries come up to you they offer you pamphlets, and not the actual Bible? The pamphlet contains a few verses, and a site link, you go the site link and it's all preaching, no actual Bible to read. I have yet to come across a single missionary who has offered me a Bible (perhaps now when missionaries see me at a debate they will offer me a Bible!)

Now some Christians do offer you the Bible with good intention, but this is not a common act, we’re talking about your classic missionaries here not your well to do Christian friend.

The fact is most missionaries will not let you touch a Bible on your own while they work on you, they want to brainwash you at first, although some sneaky missionaries will offer you a Bible at times, but only for food, and that's a topic for another day.

 

Missionary Tactic # 10: The Miracles and Dreams!

When the missionary has completely failed he will resort to saying he has seen miracles before his eyes, and has talked to people who have dreamt of Jesus, and heaven! This is the nice supernatural factor, it must be true, or else how could these people perform miracles and seen men of God and God himself?

Well for starters they are lying, most missionaries don't perform any miracles, nor do they speak in tongues, unless screaming LAWALALALALALWALALHUMBALALA counts as speaking in tongues. On top of that they don't know anyone who performs miracles, nor have they seen miracles, it is all made up fantasies, don't believe everything they say.

If it’s true that these missionaries have been witnesses to healings and miracles, then why don’t these great healers come and cure all sick people? Why don’t they come and finally cure HIV, Aids, and all forms of deadly cancers and other diseases? Who needs medicine and doctors anymore, who needs billions of dollars in research into finding cures and making effective hospitals.

Secondly, lets assume they can perform miracles, or have seen miracles and dreams, does that make them men of God? Of course not, all you have to do is read their own Bible where Jesus said that false prophets and the anti-Christ will perform miracles and mighty deeds, but don't fall for it, Jesus goes on to say that many people who claim to be Christians will do miracles in his name, yet he will disown them!

Even Islam teaches that false liars and shaytans can perform supernatural things that seem miraculous, the Dajjal (anti-Christ) will perform mighty deeds that will shock the people, he will cut people in half, raise the dead, and on and on.

So even if they perform miracles, it doesn't serve as a proof that they are true, and I repeat, most of them are liars.

It must also be said that many missionaries have very wild imaginative minds and they often like to make more of things than they really are, for instance they will have a very strange dream and they will conclude that this must be God speaking to them. Missionaries need to start proving their faith makes sense.

 

CONCLUSION

So these are the top 10 tactics you will find from missionaries, these arguments and methods have been well crafted by them, aimed at duping and deceiving the naïve. 

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