I respect and appreciate that Dr. Craig Considine loves and respects Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Islam and Muslims, unlike so many Christians.
In a personal note which he said has intellectual and theological implications, he said some Christians consider him a heretic for loving and respecting the Prophet (PBUH) while some Muslims consider him “inadequate or not good enough” because he does not define himself as a Muslim.
Going through the comment section, many Muslims said he was okay that way even with the idea that those Muslims who are asking him to look more into Islam and embrace the religion are retarded. He (Dr. Craig) said the “irresponsible narratives” (in paragraph 2 of this article) are two sides of the same coin. Narrow-minded and dogmatic.
I have written different articles against Liberalism in religion but I have not mentioned that religious Liberalism requires Pretence. A liberal pretends not to know or understand some certain aspects of his religion. Is it not amazing when a Muslim says, “it is okay to be a non-Muslim if you love the Prophet”? Liberalism is a threat to da’wah in that it presents the da’ee as an extremist. If a Muslim thinks it is okay to be a non-Muslim, would the one coming to preach Islam not seen as an extremist?
Like Dr, Craig said, the personal note has intellectual and theological implications. Talking about the theological implications, we ignore the life of the Prophet (PBUH), manners, attitude and focus on the spiritual, what he said about the nature of God. A Christian finds it difficult to accept Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) because he taught that Jesus Christ is not the son of God, did not die not to talk of dying for our sins, dismissed the concept of the trinity, the only begotten son of God theory etc. These teachings are different from the teachings of the church.
About Unity in Diversity, I have stated that we can reconcile on social and political differences not theological. Theologically, there is the truth, there is the lie. Did Jesus die or not? The Bible or Qur’an, which is from God? Pretending like these questions are not important or these differences don’t exist is harmful. Harmful that we would not be united in diversity but in hypocrisy. The Qur’an was clear when Allah said, “Lakum deenukum wali yadeen” meaning each man to his own religion. This is the foundation of religious respect and tolerance. Those who cannot live in peace until they believe in this and that should have their tolerance checked not calling those who say, “each man to his religion” fanatics.
That a Christian loves the Prophet is worthy of appreciation. However, the journey does not end in this life. These theological differences are very important when it comes to the hereafter. I hope we start to discuss Jesus, Muhammad, The Bible, Qur’an, Worship and other related topics so our love is based on theological conviction and of course, not gambling with our hereafter.
Hari Tapatahi thinks she is an Omnist. While she thinks all religions have comparative truths, I noted that they also have glaring differences and to whom do we give these differences to? Replying to my claim of the differences in these books, she said,
“Of course there are discrepancies…but most of it comes from interpretation.
The my way or the high way attitudes…
All bring spiritual truth”
Omnism just like Liberalism also requires pretence. Yes, no one has exclusivity to the truth but when we attribute contradicting truths to God, then, there is an absolute truth except we want to agree that God authors confusion.
I and many other Muslims appreciate Dr. Craig Considine’s services to Islam and Humanity. I pray he looks into Islam and earns Allah’s guidance. Ameen.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman