[***DISCLAIMER I know nothing of the people who produced the video, so i can’t vouch for them. However the video does draw our intention to an important matter. Also, I am not claiming that the statistics mentioned are 100% accurate, but we do know that there are Christian missionaries who prey upon the ignorant, the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable Muslims—and very often these missionaries do so in deceitful and treacherous ways.]
in Indonesia (and elsewhere) is the consequence of:
A) Not learning traditional Islamic knowledge—in particular, the matters of Sunni `Aqidah (Doctrine).
It is hard to imagine that a person who is educated in the matters of Islamic Doctrine and has some semblance of sincerity, and fears Allah and the Naar (Hellfire) would fall for Christianity, much less the faaaar out fantasy of (so-called) Evangelical Christianity, whose version was made-up in America (with NO HISTORICAL CONNECTION WHATSOEVER to a time REMOTELY related to when Jesus was here on earth). Having a sound understanding of Suratul-Ikhlas would be a good start in understanding the Muslim Creed:
1. Say: [O Muhammad] Allah is ‘Ahad. (God is One without partners; God is Unique without a similarity; God is Indivisible, i.e., God is not an object or spatial entity composed of pieces or parts or dimensions).
2. Allah is As–Samad. (Allah ABSOLUTELY does not need any of the creations and all of the creations are dependent upon Allah—this includes time, space, distance and directions, which are all creations, and Allah does not need any of the creations.)
3. Allah does not give birth and was not born. (Allah is not a body from which things are derived or issue forth from; nor did Allah issue forth from something else—again, the Creator of space and time is not of space or time.)
4. Allah has no equal and is beyond compare. (Allah is CATEGORICALLY and ABSOLUTELY different from the creations. Allah is not something with a size, mass, location, age; Allah is not in motion nor is Allah in a state of stillness, for motion and stillness apply to those things that occupy space, and Allah is not a spatial entity. Allah existed before the Heavens and Earth, before distance and direction, before light and darkness. Allah is the CREATOR of everything, and does not—at all—need or resemble anything. Whatever one imagines, Allah is different from that!)
This is the Muslim belief in the Creator. A person fortified with such knowledge (and a particle’s weight of sincerity) would not, in-shaa’ Allah, start to believe that God had to become an infant, grow up and learn about the suffering that God Himself (no gender intended) created, and then commit suicide and deicide (that is the blasphemous belief that one could murder the Creator) so that God could gain the power to forgive the people for the sins that God created… all the while claiming that God is an offspring and a father of Himself (no gender intended) and a spirit (all of which are allegedly dwelling inside of Heaven (although, God existed before Heaven, created Heaven, and exists/always has existed without being in a place). The Christians then go one to call this triune delusion “One God” (that is partly originated, composed of parts, and is of three distinct entities).
If these people (referred to in the video) can’t handle the likes of the (so-called) Evangelical Christians, which are seen as simpletons and buffoons by the general educated population in America and Western Europe, how in the world would they handle the attacks of the hardcore atheists and materialists?!?
Furthermore, as can be seen here:
there are the problems with the inconsistencies within the Bible, with Biblical history/its compilation, along with the fact that no Christian on earth can claim a scholarly pedigree that goes back to Jesus himself. That is, the teachings of Jesus have not been reliably preserved and transmitted. So whether one looks at the Christian doctrine, its supposedly Divine book, or its history, it is obvious that Christianity isn’t the religion of Jesus and isn’t the religion God has commanded human beings to follow.
B) The other problem, as highlighted in the video, is that many of the people who may have traditional Islamic knowledge have not made themselves relevant to the concerns of 21st century society. The youth are awash in a culture of popular media, social networking, and schools and universities in which secularism, and its its partner in crime: moral relativism and degeneracy, is the standard operating system—the unquestioned norm. For many Muslim youth—those who do care enough to learn something about their Religion—there is a disconnect between what they may learn in a Friday khutbah or in a Saturday school program and the reality that exists beyond the walls of their mosques. Traditional knowledge needs to be made relevant to the lives of the young people. They need to understand how to protect themselves from misguided factions and how to intellectually defend Islam from deviant ideologies. If the youth are trained how to debate with, for instance, materialists, atheists, Christian missionaries, etc., they will see the relevancy and power of traditional Islamic knowledge. And this provides a great boost to one’s yaqeen (certitude in the truthfulness of Islam).
Also, instead of the elders merely barking “Haraam! Haraam!” to the Muslim youth, the youth should be trained in social criticism. They should be trained t understand and detect the nature and harm of consumer culture. They should be trained in how to beak down the media—to analyze popular culture, understand its pervasiveness and influence, and understand the agenda of those who are engineering it. In doing so, these youth would be distinguishing themselves from their non-Muslim peers, and they would get a deeper perspective on the PROFOUND wisdom in the Sacred Law that Allah has revealed unto Prophet Muhammad. They should be educated about the immense amount personal and collective human misery in this life that results form disobeying the Creator of the universe. In this way, God-willing, young people will see how following the Sacred Laws are not only a means for salvation in the life to come, but are a protection and mercy for the human beings in this world, as well.
Knowledge is certainly a form of empowerment. Acquiring knowledge of Islam is how we preserve what the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) taught. In doing so, God-willing, the younger generation’s concerns will be addressed with the wisdom of experience and the illumination of the Divine Message of Islam.
For some more on this topic, please see: