To The Good Christian

We must apply the best methods of getting our Message through to both the goodly person as well as the rebellious, arrogant person. To the goodly among them open the Holy Qur'an and bring to light these verses of chapter three, beginning with verse 42: ^

Behold! the angels said: uO Mary! Allah hath chosen thee And purified thee — chosen thee Above the women of all nations.

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"O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, And bow down (in prayer) With those who bow down/'

This is part of the tidings Of the things unseen, Which We reveal unto thee (0 Prophet!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them When they cast lots With arrows, as to which Of them should be charged With the care of Mary: Nor wast thou with them When they disputed (the point).

Behold! the angels said:

"O Mary! Allah giveth thee

Glad tidings of a Word

From Him: his name

Will be Christ Jesus,

The son of Mary, held in honour

In this world and the Hereafter

And of (the company of) those

Nearest to Allah;

"He shall speak to the people In childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) Of the righteous.

She said: 4tO my Lord!

How shall I have son

When no man hath touched me?"

Allah createth What He willeth: When He hath decreed A Plan, He but saith To it, 'Be,' and it is!

"And Allah will teach him The Book and Wisdom, The Law and the Gospel,

"And (appoint him)

An apostle to the Children

Of Israel, (with this message):

"4I have come to you,

With a Sign from your Lord,

In that I make for you

Out of clay, as it were,

The figure of a bird,

And breathe into it,

And it becomes a bird

By Allah's leave:

And I heal those

Born blind, and the lepers,

And I quicken the dead,

By Allah's leave;

And I declare to you

What ye eat, and what ye store

In your houses. Surely

Therein is a Sign for you

If ye did believe."'

In your approach to the Christians, work on the assumption that every Christian is a good and sincere Christian unless they prove otherwise. Read the above Qur'anic verses — if possible in conjunction with their Arabic equivalent — phrase by phrase. You cannot imagine the tremendous impact Allah's words have on the listener. I have seen again and again that tears well up in the eyes of the listener exactly as recorded in the Noble Qur'an;

And when they listen To the revelation received By the Messenger (Muhummed), Thou wilt see their eyes Overflowing with tears, For they recognise the truth ...

This is a positive approach. Treat them all with kindness and compassion they deserve. However, if they demonstrate their animosity, and pour out their venom against the Holy Prophet, the Holy Qur'an and Islam, we are entitled to change our approach. We have already been warned against such eventualities in the last phrase of the Aayah quoted at the beginning of this chapter —

(SURA MAlDA) Holy Qur'an 5:86

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