Last month I attended my annual training session that's required
for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training
session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the
Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths who explained their belief
systems. I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to
The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam,
complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for
questions and answers.
When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and
asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most
Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against
the infidels of the world and that by killing an infidel, which is a
command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's
the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"
There was no disagreement with my statements and without
hesitation he replied, "Non-believers!"
I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of
Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so
they can go to Heaven. Is that correct?"
The expression on his face changed from one of authority
and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his
hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, "Yes."
I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine
Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or
Pat Robertson or Dr. Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in
order to go to Heaven!"
The Imam was speechless.
I continued, "I also have problem with being your friend when you
and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me. Let me ask
you a question...would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill
me in order to go to Heaven or my Jesus who tells me to love you
because I am going to Heaven and wants you to be with me?"
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in
Chuck Colson once told me something that has sustained me
these 20 years of prison ministry. He said to me, "Rick, remember that
the truth will prevail."
And it will!
(by Rick Mathes)
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