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Pre-Islamic Arabia and the practices of Islam by Rudolph P. Boshoff

(10 minute-read) Pre-Islamic Arabia or the Jahiliyyah (before 610 AD). The Socio-Economic Context Contrary to belief, pre-Islamic Arabia and the early desert Bedouins were not isolated from the rest of the world, being stoop in ignorance. Still, they had contact with ancient and contemporary civilizations, including Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. Even before Islam's rise, Mecca owed its existence to both trade and pilgrimage, writes M.J. Kister. Bernard Lewis, in his excellent book "The Arabs [...]

By |2020-11-21T12:12:12+02:00Nov 21st, 2020|Islam|0 Comments

What every Christian needs to know about the Hadith and the Sunnah by Rudolph P. Boshoff.

Traditionally, the word Hadīth’ (Arabic: حديث‎ ʾhādīṯ or plural ahādīth أحاديث) [1] means ‘communication’ or ‘narrative’ and in an Islamic setting, it would pertain to the stories about the life of Prophet Muhammad and his companions. Shaik Kadir in his helpful book, ‘Islam Explained’, writes; “Apart from the Qur’an, there is another book that Muslims rely on for guidance — the Hadith, which contains the words and deeds of the Prophet. The Islamic law and [...]

By |2020-08-27T10:11:51+02:00Aug 26th, 2020|Islam, Muhammad|0 Comments

The Qur’an before the Qur’an by Rudolph Boshoff

(15-Minute read). Keith Small wrote that any religion professing to be the sole foundation of truth should never shy away from any form of scrutiny. He wrote; “Many people of all faiths and no faith have come to realize that religious tradition cannot be followed blindly. If a religion is to commend itself in this age, it must be open to the hardest and best questions put to it. We no longer live in a [...]

By |2020-05-20T08:03:43+02:00Apr 21st, 2020|Holy Books, Islam, Muhammad, Quran|2 Comments

How the Prophet Jesus (Isa) differentiates Yahweh and Allah by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The person of Jesus Christ has a very central role in both Christianity and in Islam. Houlden (2005:404) writes that in Islam Jesus is a servant (‘abd) of God, a prophet (nabi), a sign (aya), an example (mathal), a witness (shahid), and a mercy (rahma) to all humanity. Jesus is eminent (wajih) and even brought near to God (min al-muqarrabin) and seen as one of the upright (min al-salihin) and he is blessed (Mubarak). The [...]

By |2020-03-13T17:19:20+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Allah, Christology, Islam|0 Comments

The “Prophet Like Moses” By Bobby Freddy.

Most frequently quoted Biblical passage that Muslim  Polemicists like Ahmed Deedat (South Africa), Dr. Jamal Badawi (Canada) and their disciple, Apologist Dr. Shabir Ally (Canada) use to show the prophecy of Muhammad from the Torah of Moses, is found in Deut 18. This is based on two verses from the Quran, viz; Surahs 7:157 & 61:6 respectively that alleges Muhammad is foretold in the Torah of Moses and the Injeel (Gospel of Jesus) In this [...]

By |2020-03-21T11:10:23+02:00Apr 11th, 2019|Islam, Muhammad|0 Comments

The One and Only Jesus Christ by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

10 minute read: In a recent conversation with a Muslim friend, he mentioned that Muhammad was the successor to Christ and that the Christian Scriptures clearly anticipated his arrival in the future (John 14:16 & 26). This led me to write this article just to explain very briefly to the Muslim that this is not what the Christian Scriptures teach. In fact, Jesus even mentions that anyone coming after Him that claims succession or pre-eminence [...]

By |2020-03-13T18:28:33+02:00Feb 21st, 2019|Christology, Islam|0 Comments

Can God die? A reply to Ibn Anwar by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

Ibn Anwar: “If only the flesh experienced death, then God did not really die. Notice that the human being is both flesh and spirit therefore if he dies he does actually experience death, i.e., he being in the flesh experiences death in the flesh. But can the same be said of the hypostasis? Is the flesh god?” Reply: Hi Ibn, the way I would deal with all propositions would be to start and say a [...]

By |2020-03-14T04:15:29+02:00Oct 10th, 2018|Christology, Islam|0 Comments

Original Sin in Christianity and Islam: A Christian perspective by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(Average: 15 minute read). A definition of Sin: Sin! The mechanism the world use to indulge itself in acts of selfishness. Scripture reminds us ‘all have sinned’[1] because ‘’each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin.”[2]We dabble with Sin every single day! David said, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived [...]

By |2020-03-21T11:11:42+02:00Sep 17th, 2018|Islam, Quran, Sin and Salvation|0 Comments

The Deity of Christ as primer to understand the difference between Yahweh and Allah by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The central question of this thesis was provoked by Miroslav Volf’s (2011) book “Allah: A Christian response”. Volf confirms that it is possible for Christians and Muslims to worship the same God and even though there are central denials and differences, we should rather focus on what we have in common (2011:11). The problem is not just Volf’s conclusion but his means how he gets to it. Volf (2011:104-105) contends that the ultimate standard for [...]

By |2020-03-14T10:25:40+02:00Jan 20th, 2018|Allah, Christology, Islam|0 Comments

Gilchrist wager: Three essential issues between Christians and Muslims by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity again to visit with Uncle John Gilchrist and his lovely wife Aunty Rosemary. He told me about the re-release of a booklet he wrote years back for Muslim evangelism. The Booklet, ‘Our approach to Muslims’ entails various topics, and speaks solely about the Christian treatment of Muslims. The following quote is given in the booklet and I call it the Gilchrist wager. He writes:   “The issue between [...]

By |2020-03-14T10:31:45+02:00Dec 8th, 2017|Allah, Islam|0 Comments