Islam: What You Need to Know About This Religion
Marvin Yakos, author of Jesus vs Jihad answers questions regarding the Muslim faith.
Question: Can you briefly tell us about your background and expertise in Islam?
Marvin Yakos, author of Jesus vs Jihad
Marvin Yakos: In my teens I began a serious pursuit of God. In college I majored in philosophy, in hopes of finding answers.
Frustrated with man's inability to answer the deep questions of trust, I traveled the world extensively for the next 15 years seeking answers, living for some time in India, where I became profoundly involved in Eastern religions. I read and studied the Vedas, the Quran, and its supplemental writings, and associated with spiritual leaders, who guided me deep into the principalities of the deceiver [Satan].
In 1982, I had a dramatic conversion and accepted Jesus as my Savior. Since then, I've had a keen interest in false religions.
About 12 years ago, I discerned the rapid and perilous growth of fundamental Islam, which inspired me to delve deeper into its tactics. My resolve is to help people know Jesus and to expose the lethal spiritual devices that keep the lost from Him.
Question: What is the biggest misconception Americans have about Islam?
Marvin Yakos: America needs to understand that the Quran is a terribly evil spiritual device. It was concocted by Satan to kill, steal and destroy, not only the body, but also the soul.
Satan's ultimate goal is to remove Jesus as the Son of God and Savior, and hope of mankind. Before his fall, Satan's definitive aim was to become God and be worshiped as such. He has accomplished this goal as he misleads one-quarter of mankind with his religion of Islam.
Question: Do you think that the media has missed some important facts about Islam?
Marvin Yakos: The media declares Islam a religion of peace. In truth, Islam is a religion of the Antichrist.
The apostle John says that: "every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist" (1 John 4:3, NIV). The media also does not lift up Jesus, who has already defeated this evil.
If America can turn to Jesus in this dire hour, His Holy Spirit will lead us with wisdom. Jesus said: "'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'" (John 14:6).
Question: Do you think many Muslims genuinely believe Islam is a religion of peace because they don't really know or read the Quran themselves?
Marvin Yakos: When there's a terrorist attack, all Muslims are often profiled as fanatical machine gun-toting zealots engaged in jihad ["holy war]. But there are undoubtedly countless Muslims that do not fully comprehend the subtle aspects and spiritual foundations of the Quran.
Nor is every Muslim convinced by the Taliban's interpretation of Islam, and its unbending social rules and motivations for waging war. And undoubtedly, many Muslims truly seek love for themselves and their families.
Many sincerely believe the Quran teaches peace, justice and compassion toward all human beings, and that killing innocent people is strictly forbidden. And undoubtedly there are Muslims who struggle today between the distinction of peace and fringe of active jihad. Then there are moderate Muslims who interpret jihad to be a completely spiritual struggle.
Many of the extremists are illiterate and rely on imams [Muslim priests] to instruct them, and most suicide martyrs are cultivated from infancy, told what to think, what to do, and when to do it. God willing, most Muslims will live without ever experiencing violence or political extremism.
It can be most difficult to communicate the truth of Jesus Christ to a Muslim on any level, and do it with acceptance, because Muslims are taught that the Bible is obsolete and erroneous. But our sincere hope is that they find our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ and lasting peace.
Question: What do we need to know about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam?
Marvin Yakos: Muhammad, the key personality in Islam, was an eloquent preacher and spiritual mystic who received revelations from dark spiritual principalities.
He claimed to be the Final Prophet with the final revelation, while reducing Jesus to a mere man. Called the Prophet of the Sword, Muhammad shrewdly advanced Islam across the deserts of Arabia with diplomacy, rhetoric, and when convenient, with slaughter.
He fashioned verses when it suited his purposes and had at least 16 wives and numerous concubines. He made jihad the topmost focus, which eventually leads Islam to world domination. The Bible calls him a false prophet:
"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!" Do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms!" do not believe it'" (Matt. 24:24-16, NKJV).
Question: What should we know about the Taliban?
Marvin Yakos: The Taliban are true believers in their ideology and steadfastly invoke the will of Allah when addressing the world. They profess a literal and fundamental interpretation of the Quran and physically manifest its decrees.
Their leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, know as The Commander of the Faithful, a title bestowed on him by his followers, has declared a jihad against America, Israel and the free world. He said: "The time for a negotiated settlement is running out fast. We feel a military solution has better prospects right now."
Their intent is to subjugate the entire world under Islam, and they utilize every means at their disposal to accomplish this Muhammadan task. Certain Allah is on their side, the Taliban calculates they will only lose if they deviate from fundamental Islam. Shortly before their attack on Kabul [Afghanistan], Omar entered Kandahar's [Afghanistan] grand mosque and emerged with a holy cloth from the prophet Muhammad, which he waved from a rooftop amid ecstatic Taliban warriors.
This sacred relic had been only displayed a few times this century; its magic power was last invoked to end a cholera epidemic. Kabul fell effortlessly, and the Taliban's belief in their Allah-guided destiny swelled.
Question: Why is there so much hatred toward Americans?
Marvin Yakos: The principle reason is America's support of Israel, and its open society with religious freedom. All nonbelievers, considered on par with pigs and monkeys, are called infidels, and they also call America the Great Satan because of America's fleshly pursuits. All infidels must be converted, subdued or butchered.
Question: How can we protect our families from extremists?
Marvin Yakos: We must pray for wisdom for Muslims. Our sole protection is with the Lord, who is our High Tower and our strength. The Holy Spirit will lead us in times such as these. The Bible says:
"And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell'" (Matt. 10:28). "'If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land'" (2 Chr. 7:14).
Question: How is the church inadvertently pushing Muslims away from Christ?
Marvin Yakos: Jesus came to save the world, not condemn it. Muslims are in bondage much like each one of us were before Jesus saved us. Christians must realize that the battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of darkness (see Eph. 6:12).
Christians must love Muslims and lift up Jesus, as Jesus said: "'And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself'" (John 12:32).
Reprinted with permission from New Man, Jan/Feb 2002. ? Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved. www.newmanmagazine.com