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Help Kids Understand Islam

The children you teach may have met Muslims and may even have some as friends. Christian children may hear Muslim kids talking about God and familiar names from the Bible, see their devotion to prayer and think they are serving the same God. Christians need to know similarities and differences between their faith and Islam.

One God

The creed of Islam is simple, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.” Muslims reject the truth of the Trinity, saying Jesus was only a prophet and Mohammed’s teachings are the most important. Help children know the concept of the Trinity. Christians worship one God who is three in one. The Bible tells us this wonderful truth about the true and living God. God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. God the Son sent His Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of those who receive Jesus as their Savior. (See Gen. 1:1; John 1:1; 16:15; 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19.)

Prayer

Muslims faithfully bow before Allah five times each day. Their prayers are recited rituals, not a personal relationship with a loving, involved and concerned “Father.”

Teach children to talk intimately with their Lord, not just recite memorized prayers. Remind them that when they received Jesus as their Savior, God adopted them into His family as His children and the Holy Spirit lives inside them. (See John 1:12; 16:27; James 1:16; Ps. 68:5; Matt. 6:8b; Eph. 4:4-6; Heb. 13:5; 1 Pet. 5:7.)

The Bible

Muslims believe God gave them a book called the Koran 600 years after the Bible was written. Many stories from the Old Testament and the Gospels have been copied in the Koran. However, different meanings were added to the stories so the readers would believe in Islam. Muslims say the Bible has been corrupted (changed from good to bad) through the years. They say the reliable Word of God is found in the Koran. Give children information that shows the Bible is the Word of God. The true and living God is able to protect His Word. He has kept it for us through the ages. Our Bibles are translated from very old manuscripts into our language today. Those Christians who do the translations work hard to keep God’s book accurate because they know it is the truth. (See 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.)

Good Works

Muslims believe that by doing good works they can hope to receive God’s approval on judgment day. They believe their entrance into Heaven depends on doing more good than bad.

Be sure your students understand that salvation is by grace through faith alone. God wants us to do good works to show our obedience and love to Him— not to earn our way to Heaven. No one can be good enough to deserve Heaven. Along with familiar salvation verses such as Acts 16:31 and John 3:16, stress Ephesians 2:8-9 which specifically speaks of grace vs. good works. Refer to verses that explain the purpose of good works (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 2:10; 1 Pet. 2:12).