God is the Great & Sovereign Creator: Gen 1:1 50:38
God Reveals His Will through Prophets: Mat 2:15 16:36
God wants to Forgive & is Merciful: Deut 4:31 2:218
God wants all Creation to Worship Him: Ps 66:4 1:4
God Controls History & will Judge all: Ecc 12:14 1:3
God wants us to Pray to Him: Phil 4:6 2:153
The Paths of Muhammad and Christ Following the Hijra Following the Cross Flee persecution Persevere
Suffering is abnormal Suffering is normal
Seek statehood Reject statehood
Bring reform through law Bring reform through leaven,
salt & light
Need power Need a savior
Deny the cross: Reject weakness Pick up the cross: Be
"Blessed are the poor in spirit"
Bakara 2:212.....For the disbelievers the life of this world is adorned; and thus they mock at the believers. Yet those who fear Allah will be above them on the Day of Judgement.
Al-i Imran 3:14.....Made beautiful for mankind is the love of desires, for women and offspring, of hoarded treasures of gold and silver, of branded horses, cattle and plantations. These are the comforts of this life; yet with Allah is the best of all goals.
Bakara 2:155-157.....We shall surely test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the steadfast. Who say, when a misfortune comes to them: “We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return.” On such will be blessings from their Lord and mercy; and such are the rightly-guided.
Shûrâ 26:85 & 89.....And place me among the inheritors of the Garden of Delights... him who brings unto Allah a whole (pure) heart.
Qâf 50:32-34.....It will be said: “Here is all that you were promised; it is for every penitent and heedful one, who fears the Beneficent in secret and comes with a contrite heart. Enter Paradise in Peace.” That will be the Day of Eternity.
Nisâ' 4:114.....There is no good in much of their secret conferences except (in) him who enjoins charity and kindness and peace-making among the people. Whoso does that, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall bestow on him an immense reward.
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake"
Bakara 2:214.....Or do you think that you will enter the Garden while untouched by the like of (the suffering which was endured by) those who were before you? Affliction and adversity befell them, and they were shaken as though with an earthquake... Assuredly, the help of Allah is near.
History is important to Sunnis and Shiites, and they remember it well.
Much of the history of Islamic beginnings, as well as recent happenings, is bathed in violence, bloodshed, and schism.
Sunnis consider the the Shiites as deviants, or even heretics, from traditional, orthodox Islam.
Shiites remember the brutality and violence of the Sunnis against Ali and Hussain, Muhammad’s son-in-law and grandson. Shiite history, memory, ceremonies, rituals, beliefs, and practices aggravate suspicion, distrust,
and animosity towards Sunnis.
Recent history records the eight-year war of Khomenini’s
The recent history of Iraq records the dominance of the Sunni minority and often the punishment of the Shiite majority.
Saudi Arabia, the near neighbor of Iraq and Iran, under under the radical and militant Wahabi Sunni Muslims, despises the Shiites and considers them not only deviants from true Islam but infidels.
Both the Wahabi Sunni Islam and the Sunni Islam of Osama bin Laden and his followers and the Shiite Islam of Ayatollah Khomeni and his present descendents in Iran all think they have the superior Islam for themselves and for the globe. They also think that non-Muslims and particularly certain westerners, and especially the United States, are the ’Great Satan’ and infidels.