Is Islam a Religion of Peace? The Christian Response

At Biola this Spring, I taught a series of classes on Islam. These are currently being uploaded on my website, but can be found for the time being on Biola's YouTube page. One of those sessions was Peace and Violence in Islam, where I addressed the question "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?" for about an hour. This is the short summary of the session.

As a preface, I would like to remind everyone of something I had said earlier in the session and referenced in the summary: the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, because they functionally ignore the violent components of Islam. I am thankful for that! But that does not change the historical religio-political system that Muhammad left the world with, which is what I think is the best definition for Islam.

Anyhow, without further ado, here's the video:


  1. Some say Europe will become 'Eurabia' and Christians will be persecuted under 'Sharia Law'. You are right suffering is a part of man's lot as we know it today. We brought suffering into the world by 'Adam's Sin'. And now we continue to increase 'disorder' into the Universe by sin. Christ became man to live our lot, even including death; Jesus was not 'slumming' for a day or two. If you love someone you love to share his/her lot to the full.
    Europe is largely unchristian today. Perhaps only 'persecution', even the shedding of Blood, will see a resurgence of Christianity in Europe. Maybe, the domination of Islam in Europe will be a 'Blessing'; it perhaps is the way back for Europe to a renewal of Faith in Christ Jesus.
    Polish Catholicism flourished under Communism. Now it is on the decline. Frustrating in many ways, but "God draws straight with crooked lines."
    And Christ does refer to Christians as a 'little flock'(Lk 12:32)Some have estimated that only 2% of Catholics really know the Faith. Can the same be said of Protestants, Hindus, Muslims even? In Salvadore Dali's 'Crucifixion of St. John of the Cross' we see Christ hanging, his face looking down on mankind as they go about their commonplace lives, oblivious to Christ's efforts on our behalf. "Many are called, but few are chosen." We are so fortunate to be Christians, but few 'Christians' really know and value Jesus. Why? (to be continued!!!).

  2. thank you for that challenge Nabeel.

  3. When we worship Him, we are in fact worshipping and bowing to the divine qualities in him such as Selfless Love, Forbearance, Justice and Compassion. guarantor

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