Hello, May I Speak With Muhammad? – Calling Muslims

Have you head about this? It seems Duke University will start sounding the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of the campus chapel every week.

Call to Prayer

Statistically, most private institutions grow more liberal as time goes on. Still, it’s disheartening to see an institution founded by Methodists and Quakers over 100 years ago move towards religious pluralism.

I understand that universities try to accommodate all students, but the call to prayer seems a tad excessive. The call to prayer is this:

Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
Hasten to worship.
Hasten to success.
Prayer is better than sleep.
Allah is greatest.
There is no God but Allah.

My question is this: When will Duke University start sounding a call to Christian worship proclaiming Acts 4:11-12 ~

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s not gonna happen.

So where’s the equity?

It’s simply non-existent. Allah forbid we make non-Christians listen to proclamations about our faith that there is no other way than Jesus. But when it comes to proclaiming that Allah is the only one? Sure, we’ll allow that.

Maybe because it’s said in Arabic we ignore what’s actually be said. Can we broadcast the Bible across campus if we do it in biblical Greek? Probably still not gonna fly.

But these are the times we’re living in. The Christian perspective is more and more being pushed aside to make way for pluralism. But it’s a faux pluralism. It’s a pluralism that allows for every faith to be present EXCEPT for Christianity. We’re relegated to the corner as religious kooks who cannot bring our faith to the public square.

Funny thing is my reading in the Gospel According to Luke this week comes from Luke 6:27-28, where Jesus says:

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Hard words to hear.

Harder words to live out.

But if we really desire to live a life that follows Jesus we need to be putting his words into practice. That means no matter what injustice and inequality is brought against our faith, we love them, do good things to and for them, and pray for them.

I’m not sure Jesus knew what he was asking, ’cause it’s a pretty tall order.

Or maybe he really did know. Maybe he knew our human tendency to hate and mistreat those who oppose us (whether theologically, emotionally, physically, WHATEVER). Jesus calls us to go above and beyond – even towards those who would be considered opposition.

The difficult question for us is: Will we follow his instruction?


Seems Duke has changed their position and the call will no longer be broadcast from the belltower.

2 Replies to “Hello, May I Speak With Muhammad? – Calling Muslims”

  1. Great article, Chris, as always! There are a couple things that I do disagree with…

    First, you said, “The Christian perspective is more and more being pushed aside to make way for pluralism. But it’s a faux pluralism. It’s a pluralism that allows for every faith to be present EXCEPT for Christianity.”

    I disagree. From what I’ve seen pluralism doesn’t push aside Christianity as a whole. It does, however push aside evangelical, conservative Christianity. Liberal Christianity always seems to be embraced the the pluralist, but then again liberal Christianity has no problem embracing pluralism. Also, pluralist have no problem embracing Catholics. But then again Catholics have no qualms with embracing pluralist, especially under the leadership of the current Pope.

    Also, there is one group that I often do see pluralist pushing aside quiet often, & that is the Jews. It’s hard to embrace Islam when you’re embracing the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob & His chosen people. As a matter of fact I would go as far as to say that pluralist push aside the Jewish people more than they push aside Christians as a whole.

    Next, you said, “I’m not sure Jesus knew what he was asking, ’cause it’s a pretty tall order. Or maybe he really did know…”

    Chris, I’m sure that Jesus knew what He was asking. I know He knew because He lived it out on the cross. After His arrest, His trial, being beat, having the crown of thorns pressed into his brow, enduring the lashes, having portions of His beard plucked, before forced to carry His cross with His skin barely hanging on His body, being spit on, cursed at, mocked, taunted, teased, He hung on that cross, not letting go of His life until all had been fulfilled. And in those last moments He squeaked out, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!”

    Without a doubt, Jesus knew what He was asking, and He wasn’t asking us to do anything that He wasn’t going to do, Himself.

    Other than that, great article, brother!! 😉


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