Dr. Jerald Dirks was a Reverend/Deacon at United Methodist Church. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a. Dr. Jerald F. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in , his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in , his. In this book, the author touches the lives of those Christians who have not been given the knowledge the author have gained both about Islam, from his direct.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. So far as a harmonising tendency is present, it serves rather a novelistic interest, which takes up the concrete features of the synoptic gospel tradition or amplifies them independently. WikiProject Religion Religion articles. Please continue with the second part.

Changing this sense of identity was crucial to the maintenance of the psychotherapeutic “cure”. Nonetheless, don’t be overly troubled by these sacrifices.

I thought I had found my way out of my crisis of religious identity.

Many of these sacrifices are easily predicted, while others may be rather surprising and unexpected. We believe I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. I never spoke to my Muslim friends about this personal quest of self-discovery. Jedald the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that my hesitation served the purpose of insuring that Jegald could keep my familiar religious identity of being a Christian, although a Christian who believed like a Muslim believed.

This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the List of converts to Islam from Christianity article. Why did that one, simple question lead to such atypical behavior on my part? If a Muslim wanted to accept me as being a Muslim that was his or her business, and his or her label of nerald identity. Looking at me, the stranger asked, “Muslim?


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For example, Matthew 1: Islam unless there are references in their article to their former religious affiliation with citation backing it up. It was their label, and not mine.

After all, I had the non-confrontational examples of Jamal, Khalid, and Wa’el as illustrations. The local Methodist Church, to which my family belonged, sponsored ice cream socials with hand-cranked, homemade ice cream, chicken potpie dinners, and corn roasts.

It is known, however, that kissing the Black Stone signifies respect for it, recognition of our obligation toward it, and using it as a means of seeking Allah’s blessings. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. And, mention Mary, the one who guarded her virginity, [the firks who] preserved it from being taken, so We breathed into her of Our spirit, namely, Gabriel, when he breathed into the xirks of her garment and she conceived Jesus … Tafsir al-JalalaynQ.

However, occasionally I would run a very circumscribed question past one of them.

Bilal Philips’ Official website”. This article has been rated as List-Class on the project’s quality scale. Be politeand welcoming to new users Assume good faith Avoid personal attacks For disputes, seek dispute resolution. High to Low Avg. If asked if I were a Muslim, I could and did do a five-minute monologue detailing the above, and basically leaving the question unanswered. I was a Christian, who would carefully explain that I agreed with, and was willing to testify to, the Islamic testimonial of faith.

After all, there was nothing in those prayers with dirkss I could disagree. In one particular book Dirks asserts that the Islamic conception of God adheres to a rather strict and uncompromising monotheism. I also became the regular “preacher” during the annual Youth Sunday service.

Nonetheless, it is a Muslim’s duty to be a good neighbor, and it is a Muslim’s duty to be willing to discuss Islam with others. However, that comfort was momentarily disrupted when my wife asked me how Dirjs had answered the question on religious identity on the application form.


A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam

For some years before, my wife and I had been actively involved in doing research on the history of the Arabian horse. When he came up out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, descending and entering him.

Archived from the original PDF on July 9, If ye call them to guidance, they will not obey: For my wife, Jamal’s wife provided a similar example. James Currey,p. By December,I was beginning to ask myself some serious questions about where I was and what I was doing. During this time, I had also started to perform the five daily prayers of Islam with my newfound, Middle Eastern, Muslim friends.

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Moreover, the Ebionites believed that God was a spiritual Father who had spiritual offspring whom he adopted into his family such as Christ. Moments later, I became aware that Mahmoud was at my shoulder, and waiting to take my order. In the final analysis, these sacrifices are less important than you presently think. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. If so is he willing to accept the implications that such an assertion has jeeald his Islamic beliefs?

The Friend of God Jul 11, After a few moments of small talk, he finally asked why I had decided to become a Muslim. A Forgotten Legacy Sep 01, Nor does Islam teach unitarianism, e. Wikipedia has thorough criteria for biographical inclusion, including these notability requirements.

The summer between my freshman and sophomore years at Harvard, I worked as a youth minister at a fairly large United Methodist Church.