Extremists aren’t happy when Christians and Muslims get along. Extremists are a threat to all minorities, even the ones within Islam. Through these groups we find Muslims fighting against Muslims, leave alone Muslims oppressing and killing Christians and other minority groups. This “warfare” against one another is complex and is the result of ages of animosity, violence and retaliation. Islam, like many other religions, knows little about the concept of forgiveness.
- The strength of Christianity is the principle and practice of forgiveness. Islam has no answer for forgiveness. In the long run it overcomes hatred and retaliation. The weakness of the cross is the power of God (1 Cor.1:18). The world has no answer for love and forgiveness.
- Pray for protection of Christians, Muslims, and others from extremist attacks.
- Pray for peace throughout the Middle East/North Africa region.
- Pray for Muslims in this region to encounter Christ, have open hearts, and to be transformed by the Gospel. One Christians worker in the Middle East says: “As they look out and see Muslims killing Muslims in the name of their God, as they look out and see continued violence, they become weary. And they begin to look for and search for alternative religious ideas from what they’ve been taught…there’s an openness to Christ and Christianity today in the Middle East and North Africa unlike anything seen before…”