The Gospel for Muslims Review

Book Review: 

This book is broken up into two parts. Part 1 is “The Gospel”, which compares the Bible to the Quran, and gives you basic Islamic beliefs. Part 2, “As You Witness”, is full of advice for evangelizing.

As the author says in the first chapter, instead of attacking the Quran, our focus should be on helping Muslims understand why they should humbly accept the Bible as revelation from God. He then goes into how the Quran affirms the Torah (Sura 6:91), Psalms of David (Sura 17:55), and Gospels (Sura 5:45-47) are from God (see also Sura 10:94 and 16:43, 21:7, and 21: 103-105). To further establish the Bible’s reliability, the Quran says nothing can alter the words of God (Sura 6:34, 10:64, 18:27), and that he promises to watch over the revelation and guard it from corruption (Sura 15:9).

The first chapter also jumps right into the topic of the Trinity One of the main differences between Islam and Christianity is that Christians believe in the Trinity— within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit— while Islam teaches the absolute oneness of Allah (called tawhid/tawheed). To associate partners with God is the highest form of blasphemy called shirk. I’m really surprised this book didn’t go over the Quran passage I’ve heard from every single Muslim I’ve ever talked to… Because of Sura 5:116, many Muslims believe the Trinity is God, Jesus, and Mary! (Look up Collyridianism in your free time, by the way.)

In the second chapter, the author compares both religion’s views of sin. The third and fourth chapters are on Jesus. The author talks about Old Testament Messianic prophecies pointing to Jesus, and his death and resurrection (Muslims deny Jesus as a penal substitutionary sacrifice). Then there is a chapter on how Christians and Muslims use the same words (like repentance and faith) but have very different meanings, and how Muslims aren’t guaranteed forgiveness, and don’t have assurance of Heaven (since Islam is works based).

In the second part, the author encourages readers with scripture to be filled with the spirit and let it take over so we speak with boldness. He reminds us to trust in God’s Word, be hospitable (because it’s a command by God), invite our Muslim neighbors to church service and gatherings, and don’t be afraid to suffer for the name. The final chapter is on sharing the gospel with African American Muslims.

This is a great starter book for Christians wanting to learn about Islam, and I recommend the first part for Muslims wanting a quick side by side comparison with Bible and Quran sources. I would really love to see Thabiti Anyabwile write another book on apologetics, and go over the hadiths, and what secular history says about Muhammad (similar to what Nabeel Qureshi did in his books).