Every Christian Should Know About Islam
By Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
0-86037-276-6 Pages: 154
Published by the Islamic Foundation, Leicester UK
Of the many books on
Islam, few seek to allay the misperceptions and misconceptions about Islam and
Muslims among Christians. Apart from filling this gap, the present work brings
into sharper relief the common background of three major world faiths - Judaism,
Christianity and Islam
This book serves as an introduction to
the theology and practice of Islam and attempts to explode some of the false
impressions which surround it.
In four sections, mostly in a question and
1) The Religious Beliefs of Islam Explained - amongst other topics:
"Muslims are not the enemy - the Crusades are over!" and "Belief
in God, His Unity - 'Tawhid'"
2) The Religous Duties of Islam Explained - What are the 'pillars of Islam'?
What is the 'religious tax'? "What is that big black cube-shaped
3) Miscellaneous Questions - questions such as "Are Muslims
extremists?", "Are Muslim men allowed to beat their wives?" and
"What about Israel and the PLO?"
4) Christianity and Islam - focusing primarily on the differences between the
Islamic and Christian concepts of God and comparing our respective beliefs about
Muhammad and Jesus.
Finishing on a very personal note: 'My mother's
' Why did my daughter, who I have always believed to be
intelligent and in her right mind, choose to become one of these Muslims?'
Waris Maqsood:: Author of many
books on Islam and other subjects. She gained her honours degree in Theology in
1963, and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in 1964, with distinctions in
theory and practice. Her professional life was spent as Head of Religious
Studies at various UK inner city secondary schools, until she retired in 1996,
to concentrate on writing and lecturing.
Brought up as a a devout Christian, but converted to Islam in 1986.
Already established by then as an author of books on Christian and educational
topics, she has since devoted her time to writing on Islam and doing dawah work
to both Christian and Muslim audiences. She regularly addresses school and
church groups, and has a keen interest in presenting Islam as a world
faith, especially raising the awareness of Muslims in the traditional Islamic
societies of the western and northern hermisphere converts to Islam (with
cultural backgrounds totally different from Muslims of the Middle East and
Ruqaiyyah's main interests lie in the Madinah period, the genealogy of the
Prophet and his companions, the importance of re-establishing good relationships
between the Peoples of the Book (as opposed to rather ignorant hostility), and
the battle to preserve Islam as the one true faith, tolerant, noble, and
compassionate - in face of the growth of the 'other Islam' which is extremist
and intolerant, and which she regards as both false and dangerous.