What's New On "Answering Islam" ?

The following pages have been added newly or substantially revised during the year 2001 at the following dates:

December 19, 2001
Some hard evidence for the much discussed question: Is Islam a peace-loving Religion? Sam Shamoun provides a substantial Rebuttal to Dr. Zakir Naik's claims regarding the Qur'an and the Bible. William Muir's The Caliphate: Its Rise, Decline, and Fall is now complete up to the end of the first year of the Caliphate. A short observation on the title Sayyid was added in the Index to Islam.

December 15, 2001
The next installment in the series Second looks at Common Muslim Assumptions: Oops, I Did It Again! Three article by Silas: The pagan religious sources of Islam, Muhammad's attitude towards dogs, and Slavery in Islam. Three more chapters added of William Muir's The Caliphate: Its Rise, Decline, and Fall.

December 10, 2001
Today's additions are: John Subhan's autobiography How a Sufi found his Lord, the Turkish translation of Yücel's testimony, the first two chapters of William Muir's The Caliphate: Its Rise, Decline, and Fall, as well as the "Individual Authors" button on the entry page menue in order to give quicker access to the articles of various Contributing Authors on Answering Islam. An old article by A. S. Lewis: Leaves from two ancient manuscripts of the Coran. Lastly: You might have been always suspicious, ... and certainly thousands of Muslims can't err ... so here is the proof ... Answering Islam is part of the Zionist Conspiracy! ("proof by repetition").

December 4, 2001
The first article in the new series The Quest for the Lost Jesus, 1. asking questions, seeking answers by Andy Bannister. The Message of the Qur'an: Worship of Allah Alone? by Sam Shamoun. An observation on Muslim Mastectomy was added to the Qur'an Versions section. Silas' detailed article regarding the Quranic claim of Mary Being the Sister of Aaron.

November 26, 2001
A Turkish believer contributed the story of his Faith Journey from Islam into Christianity. The article God, His Word, and the Qur'an in Islam is a thorough look at one of the most difficult problems of Islamic theology and its relationship to the doctrine of the Trinity. We now offer Samuel Zwemer's classic The Moslem Doctrine of God. But it is Muslim polemicist Shabir Ally who gets most of the attention today: Shabir Ally and the crucified Messiah responds to his main argument at his last debate with Jay Smith, another article deals again with Shabir Ally's misuse of Bruce Metzger's book on the New Testament text, and finally an Open Challenge to Shabir Ally for a Public Debate.

November 21, 2001
September 11th and the Mandate of the Church is a very important article that should be read by all Christians. Several new links added in the section on Islam & Terrorism. Everyone should be aware that Islam is more than a religion. Two articles by Silas: The Punishment for Apostasy from Islam and Evidence for the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A two part rebuttal added to the Shabir Ally rebuttal section regarding his article on the Trinity.

November 12, 2001
Muslims have the media platform with their message that "Islam means peace", but what exactly is The Islamic Concept of Peace? Also the term "Jihad" needs a clear explanation in these days of political correctness. Therefore we make available the entry on JIHAD from T.P. Hughes' Dictionary of Islam. Today is the beginning of a series of articles exposing Dr. Jamal Badawi's regularly repeated lies. Three articles by Silas: Muhammad and the Bible, Ahmed, Allah, and Abrogation, and Muhammad and Satan.

November 5, 2001
The material on Islamically motivated terrorism and Christian responses to it that we have developed in the last two months has now moved from the entry page display to a new, separate section on Islam & Terrorism. Many people have recently raised the issue whether there is any difference between the "violent passages" in Bible and Qur'an. The article Violence in the Bible and the Qur'an: A Christian Perspective gives some valuable first insights for this discussion. We consider the book Mission to Islam and Beyond - A Practical Theology of Mission by Jens Christensen to be a major contribution and help for viewing Islam from a Christian perspective. The final sections (4, 5, 6 and appendix) were added to the French version of Dr. Campbell's book The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of history and science.

October 12, 2001
Regarding correspondence with Answering Islam, please read this note. Farooq Ibrahim shares his story of conversion. Samuel Green helps us to understand God's Command to Test a Prophet. Sam Shamoun Answers to 12 Anti-Trinitarian Arguments and rebuts Shabir Ally on his article What Holds up the Sky? Silas investigates Muhammad's encounters with the spirit world in Muhammad and the Demons. The German translation of the story of Zia Nodrat from Afghanistan was also added.

October 9, 2001
Is Christianity Universal? by Jens Christensen. I Can't Believe You Wrote That! responds to some reactions to the article Islam Is Peace!. Sam Shamoun responds to Misha'al Ibn Abdullah Al-Kadhi's questioning of the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus. Silas discusses the consequences of Muhammad's Suicide Attempts. Two additions to the Malay pages (*, *).

September 26, 2001
How I came to believe that Jesus really did die on the cross and why it matters is the story of Farid's conversion. American = Christian is a common misunderstanding. Where does Islamic terrorism come from? Some thoughts on The Root of the Problem. An article by Sam Shamoun discusses various False Prophecies by Muhammad found in Qur'an and Hadith. Two rebuttals to Islamic Awareness: The Story Of Cain & Abel In The Qur'ân, and particularly And No One Had The Name Yahyâ exposes a serious lack of academic integrity in the Muslim arguments.

September 21, 2001
Brother Mark's book, A ‘Perfect’ Qur'an, or ‘so it was made to appear to them’?, investigates the authenticity and reliability of the text in some of those versions of the Qur'an that are in print today.

September 18, 2001
Islam means Peace, so they tell us! Several articles by Silas investigate aspects of Muhammad's life and actions that raise questions regarding his prophethood which is the core doctrine of Islam: Muhammad and the Death of Kinana, The Death of Muhammad, Muhammad, Aisha, Islam, and Child Brides. Further: A Rebuttal of Jamal Badawi's "Wife Beating".

September 11-15, 2001
Due to the horrific events of the terrorist attacks on the USA, we have struggled to quickly make relevant material available on the entry page of Answering Islam and will continue to do so. We had no time to announce every new addition here. All of it was readily visible on the site entry page. The additions were: Attack on US - One Christian's Response..., Message from an Arab Christian, a link to Thoughts on the World Trade Center atrocity, a Message to Muslims, Converging Destinies: Jerusalem, Peace and the Messiah, The Kingdom of Peace, and Muhammad, Islam and terrorism.

September 5, 2001
Quotations from Al-Tabari On the Birth, Life, Death and Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ give interesting insights what the early Muslim scholars really believed. Sam Shamoun responds to the Learner's article on Alleged Mistakes in the Qur'an. Silas contributes A Comparison of Jesus and Muhammad and an analysis on the topic of Wife Beating in the Quran and Islamic traditions. Letter "E" and "F" have been added to Hughes' Dictionary of Islam. The report The Unveiling of Pakistan on the situation of Christians in Pakistan, has been added as link to the section on The Implications of Islamic rule for non-Muslims.

August 14, 2001
Jesus or Muhammad: Who is God's True Seal of Prophethood? investigates the mark of true prophethood and the question of how God culminated the history of prophethood. The "letter D" entries have been added to Hughes' Dictionary of Islam. Various new pages on the Indonesian and Malay subsite (*, *, *, *, *, *, *).

Friday, July 13, 2001
Today's additions are about numbers, for those who want to believe in them: More is better? looks at the argument for the truth of Islam based on growth rates of Muslims. How Muslims try to keep low the numbers of those who leave Islam: The Law of Apostasy in Islam, and the only admissible "weapon" of true Christians to increase those numbers is introduced in the Call for Prayer. Several items about numbers in the Quran: A rebuttal to Shabir Ally's response on the Qur'an contradiction regarding inheritance shares(*), How many days did Allah need to destroy the people of Aad?, and a rebuttal to some Muslim claims regarding the number of days in the year.

June 1, 2001
The Cry of the Heart for God - A Comparison of Mysticism and Intellect in Saint Augustine and Al-Ghazali. A thorough exposition of Jesus Christ in the Bible by Sam Shamoun should put to rest many Muslim counterclaims. Andrew Vargo added four further rebuttals to Dr. Jamal Badawi's Radio Al-Islam series (*, *, *, *).

May 23, 2001
Al-Masihu-Isa: The Glory of Jesus The Messiah explores the meaning of Jesus' title "The Messiah" ("al-Masih") in Bible and Qur'an. The chapter on Anatomy, Embryology and Genetics was properly formatted and the footnotes added, as well as an article with a more detailed look at The Qur'an on Semen Production. The article Islam: The Iron Ceiling was added as next installment in the series Second looks at Common Muslim Assumptions and some Muslim responses to the article "Equality for All in the Umma?" of the same series are answered in Champions of Inequality Argue for Equality. We give a response to the recent Muslim claim of Muhammad being predicted in Hindu Scriptures as the Kalki Avatar. A little snippet was added to the section of different Qur'an Versions: Who wrote?

May 11, 2001
The Science of Hadith or the Anthropology of Hadith? is the fourth installment of the series Second looks at Common Muslim Assumptions. The Life of Mahomet, Volume IV by Sir William Muir completes this classical biography of Muhammad. Furthermore, Arthur Jeffery's essay The Textual History of the Qur'an was added and the first chapter of an Arabic translation of John Gilchrist's Jam' al-Qur'an.

April 25, 2001
Nuzul-i-Isa: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ according to the Bible and the Qur'an, and the English translations of two Malay conversion testimonies (*, *). Furthermore, Sir William Muir's The Life of Mahomet, Volume III, and The Qur'an: An Introductory Essay by Theodor Nöldeke, one of last century's most famous scholars of the Qur'an.

April 2, 2001
The Punishment of the Apostate According to Islamic Law by Abul Ala Mawdudi. A substantially revised rebuttal to Shabir Ally regarding Jesus' claims to deity and further articles by Sam Shamoun: The Historicity of Jonah Examined, and The Quranic Witness to Biblical Authority, Part 2. Last but not least, Part III of Second looks at Common Muslim Assumptions asks Are Divinity and Humanity Irreconcilable?

March 16, 2001
Sam Shamoun contributes the theological article Allah - An Immaterial Entity or an Invisible Man?, asks questions about Muhammad's Alleged Night Journey to the Jerusalem Temple, rebuts an article on the same topic by Islamic Awareness and gives yet another rebuttals to Akbarally Meherally's attacks on the Bible (*). Dr. Ernest Hahn shares observations regarding an alleged Conspiracy Against the Quranic Text. Other languages: One new article (*) in the Turkish section, quite a few articles were added to the Malay and Indonesian and the French language section has been redesigned besides adding new material.

Articles newly added in 2000.

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