The term terrorist is not equivalent to the term Muslim. The term Muslim is also not equivalent to the term terrorist. However, it is clear that Islamophobia is permeating the West and driving fear into the hearts of Christians.
Some researchers categorize Muslims in five groups and others talk about eight groups. At the one side of the spectrum, you will find radical Muslims or Islamists. They form about 11-13% of all Muslims. On the other side of the spectrum, you will find secularized Muslims that still call themselves Muslims, but are not practicing any of the Muslim laws and traditions (for instance the 30 day fast during Ramadan), nor visiting the mosque. There is even some Muslims that turned away from Islam and now call themselves atheists. This group is slowly increasing in number, especially among young people.
The majority of Muslims, however, will certainly identify themselves with radical Islam. And we need to take note of that. The majority of Muslims are peace-loving people but are viewed with much suspicion.
The spiritual shifts in Islam create a greater openness for new ideas, new ideologies and a new understanding of religion.
Amazingly enough, percentage-wise, more jihadists are coming to the Lord than any other group. A second group that are quite open to the gospel, are Muslims that became atheists.
- For Muslims to ask serious questions about their own faith.
- Pray for Muslims to understand their need for a Saviour and that they will find it in Jesus.
- In the Qur’an, there is no teaching that gives an individual the assurance of eternal life and assurance of total forgiveness of sin on earth. Jesus said: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13).