In March, LCM missionary Turgay Yusuf spoke to an audience of 40 Muslim guests about ‘The Beauties of Christianity’.
The topic had been suggested by the local Ahmadiyya mosque in Newham – and someone from the mosque spoke on the same subject from an Islamic perspective.
The openness to dialogue among the Ahmadiyya community is perhaps not surprising. The Islamic movement, founded in Punjab by ‘Ahmad’, the self-proclaimed Muslim messiah, has a strong emphasis on peace and tolerance.
The online meeting was also a chance for 20 Christians who attended to make connections with Muslims in their local area. But for Turgay, it’s vital these events go even further.
“I told the Imam when we first met to discuss the event, ‘I love you as my neighbour. I believe the only way to God is through Jesus and unless you trust in Jesus, you’re not going to heaven, you’re going to hell. And by avoiding that truth, I would not be loving you,’” said Turgay.
It was his way to ensure the incompatible differences between Christianity and Islam were lovingly made clear. Turgay added, “I explained the gospel, from creation, to salvation, to resurrection, and there was no shortage of beauty to draw on.” Both talks provoked cordial discussion. Turgay’s prayer is that these events provide a platform for Christians to build friendships with Muslims and point to the Father.
*This blog is taken from our quarterly prayer guide Together. Please use it to pray with us, walk the streets we walk, meet the people we meet, and see the challenges they face.