Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
AskACatholic.com
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Adoration
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines and Practices
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Homosexual Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
back
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History


Geoff Hutchinson wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have been struggling with my faith and challenged on it; and it's not from the Protestants,
but from Muslims.

  • Can you please give me the Catholic views of Islam and why they are wrong?

Geoff

  { Can you help with challenges to my Catholic faith from Muslims and explain why they are wrong? }

Eric replied:

Hi Geoff,

  • With what in particular?

Here are some Koran/Hadith verses you may be interested in checking out.

Dr. Scott Hahn has a very interesting take on Islam. Apparently in Islam, it is blasphemous to speak of God as Father. Hahn (who is always speaking about God as Father) relates a story of a debate he was supposed to have with a Muslim. Hahn cannot speak more than five minutes without referring to the Fatherhood of God. This agitated the Muslim as he considered it blasphemous. The Muslim compared our relationship with God to his relationship with his dog. He said he would be moving soon, and the new place did not accept dogs. So, he was going to kill his dog. Just like that. He "loved" his dog, but cared nothing about killing the dog to solve a practical problem. That is how the God of Islam views his people.

Islam is a religion of force. This is illustrated by the name, "Islam", which means submission. One of the differences between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity is interested in a genuine response of faith and love, whereas Islam is content with pure submission; — i.e., all it requires is external submission, even if it is forced and against your conscience.

Eric

Mary Ann replied:

Geoff —

The history of Mohammed could be enough to dissuade you but you can find good literature on him yourself. As for Islam: it was formed as a reaction against bits and pieces of a false form of Christianity and of Judaism, (i.e., Muslims think our Trinity is the Father, Mary, and the Son.)

I think the main thing about Islam that is, appealing to modern alienated man, and unappealing to modern rational man, is that God is not a God of natural law, of reason, of love, but God is a God of decree to whom one submits. His will is inscrutable and unpredictable.

In Christianity and Judaism, God creates a natural order that is good and which reflects the divine mind; we can know about God the Creator and His will through reason and natural law and freely cooperate with it. In Islam, the good is good because it is God's will, and only because it is God's will. God could just as well will evil.

In Islam, modern rootless men and women tired of freedom can find an all-consuming system that takes over, and at the same time leaves much behavior undefined. There is another thing: Islam calls for worldwide theocracy: There is one God and there should be one religion and one government over the one world. That appears attractive in our modern world gone mad morally but inside the system there is often much of the same immorality, with no appeal against it.

If I were you, I would pray to God to lead me. I would especially ask Mary to lead me in the way of God's will. I would study my faith and stay close to the Sacraments. I would live the way God wants and I would try to discern whence this temptation is coming.

  • What need is it addressing in my life?
  • What weakness does it appeal to?
  • What part of me likes it?

Mary Ann
[Related posting]

Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.