After fifteen years of strenuous efforts to obtain a visa to visit the Sudan, I received one, at last, in 1992. I was welcomed by that country, and conducted a lecture tour. The purpose of the tour was to arm my Muslim brethren against the Christian missionaries who are trying to gain ascendancy there. At question time at the end of one of my talks in Khartoum, a university student posed the question:
"Christian crusaders from Britain and America are knocking at our doors in Khartoum: we Muslims welcome them with our traditional Arab hospitality of il+l-J ikl (loosely translated, means as being part of the family with no formalities).
"Once settled, these missionaries question us whether we Muslims believe in the Day of Judgement? Our response is 'of course!' They follow this up with another question: 'After Judgement is established, you will inherit heaven if you deserve it or hell if you have earned it. Do you believe in it?' Again our answer is 'yes!'. In a well planned strategy, this is followed by a third question: This Heaven of yours; where will it be located, on Earth or in the skies? What does your Qur'an say?' We would like to know from you, Sir, as to what the answer is."
The dig is in the question — "What does your Qur'an say?" If you answer — "On Earth," he will ask, "Show rne! (i.e. in the Qur'an)." If you had answered — "In the skies," He is ready with the same retort, "Show me!" The enemy is well-trained and well-armed. He has studied his clients closely. He has discovered that 90% of the Muslims, though they have their preferences, either for the "Earth" or the "Heavens," they will not be able to point to any specific verses in the Holy Qur'an to support them. This is exactly what he wants you to admit. Once you have admitted your inability to prove your point from the Holy Qur'an, then he will spring the trap and say, "Let me show you what my Bible says." He had given you the first opportunity to expound to him your Qur'an and since you had failed, you are now morally obliged to listen to his exposition. Common courtesy demands that you give him a hearing, and we Muslims are courteous people.
After pummelling you into helpless submission he leaves behind a beautiful brochure in glorious technicolour entitled "How to Find the Road to Paradise," in a language of your choice, like the one reproduced hereunder:
The question remains: "What is the Qur'anic answer to the Christian riddle: will the Muslim Heaven, be on Earth or in the skies?11
I had to admit to my audience in Khartoum, that if the question was put to me, I would have to confess to my Christian adversary that "1 don't know." I would have to confess, that 1 am ashamed of myself. (Until very recently. I did not have the Qur'anic answer).?
Having so conceded we must now TURN THE TABLES on the enemy. 1 would suggest to him that though 1 do not know my Qur'an as well as I ought to, "I take it, that you know your Bible?" He would be too arrogant to say, "No." He is holding one under his arm! He is well-equipped! 1 would request him or her, "Can I have a look at your Bible?" The missionary would be overwhelmed at this request. You are helping them to fulfil their mission. I open the very first book of the Bible called Genesis. (The Roman Catholic Bible has 73 books in it, and the Protestant world has 66 in their encyclopedia called the Bible). More about this in part 3 of this Volume).
I hand back the Bible to the Christian, having opened it to Genesis chapter 19 pointing to verse 30, and suggesting that he reads it out aloud to me. He is too clever to do that. He is trained not to follow your instructions but read only the selected ones to push down your throat. He scans the verses. He smells the "rat". He or she will want to change the subject. You ask, "What's wrong? Is that not the Book of God?" He says, "Yes." Then read it! If he reads, what does he read? I gave my audience the gist of these verses, and of Genesis 35:22, and still in the first book of the Bible — Genesis 38:15-18, with the question to the Bible-thumpers, the hot-gospellers "WHAT IS THE MORAL?" "What is the moral of these verses? (stories?)".
We tell our children anecdotes, fables — ("The Fox and the Grapes, the Wolf and the Lamb, the Dog and his shadow, etc"), rot just for entertainment, but with a view to imparting morals to them. Behind these stories is a moral We are teaching our chiicren not to be like the greedy fox, who, when it could not reach the bunch of grapes, said that The Grapes are Sour'." Do not ie like that greedy dog who, when seeing its reflection in the wat-er, lost the bone it had in its mouth for the other dog's bone. There is a moral behind these stories! Now then, what is the moral behind, "Daughters seducing their father, night after night arid begetting bastard children through him" (Genesis 19:30-3 i) or "Of a Son having intercourse with his mother" (Genesis 35:22), or "Of a Father-in-law cohabiting with his Daughter-in-law and begetting incestuous twins through her" (Genesis 38:15-18)? If there are no moral lessons to be learnt from th:se pornographic narrations in the so-called "Book of God", then they are IMMORAL!
The audience was no doubt thrilled by the way the tables could be turned against the Christian missionaries.
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