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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And yet Muhammad and his followers expect us to accept their reasons for venerating an idol stone which the pagans themselves honored and worshiped!

Retrieved February 8, These are from the list of former muslims article, Dirjs originally moved them from there to this article, but realised “List of converts to Islam” has a larger number of them, and there’s a lot of overlap. Author of “The Cross and the Crescent: I never spoke to my Muslim friends about this personal quest of self-discovery.

American culture increasingly appeared to have lost its moral and religious compass.

I was a Muslim. By December,I was beginning to ask myself some serious questions about where I was and what I was doing.

A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam

For instance, in some of our previous rebuttals we saw how Dirks tries to pass off the Ebionites as an early Jewish Christian sect. I could pretend to ignore my own laughter as a release of tension, but I couldn’t begin to ignore this sort of unconscionable drks from myself. As of February”External links modified” talk page sections are no longer generated or monitored by InternetArchiveBot.


I continued to call myself a Christian, because that was a needed bit of self-identity, and because I was, after all, an ordained minister, even though my full time job was as a mental health professional. Narrated ‘Abis bin Rabia: I didn’t speak Arabic, and neither my friend nor the stranger spoke English.

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Jerald F. Dirks (Author of Muslims in American History)

Without our ever realizing it at the time, Jamal was practicing a very beautiful form of Dawa preaching or exhortation. There are sacrifices to be made in being a Muslim in America. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat Dirks, Easily Understand IslamChapter There was no translator present to bail me out of this situation, and to allow me to hide behind my carefully prepared English monologue.

I had never discussed my own religious beliefs with them, and I didn’t think that I wanted to introduce that topic of conversation into our friendship.

Why did that one, simple question lead to such atypical behavior on my part? Retrieved from ” https: For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall jeralx eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. University of New Hampshire.

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That spring, Harvard named me a Hollis Scholarsignifying that I was one of the top pre-theology students in the college. If a Muslim wanted to accept me as being a Muslim that was his or her business, and his or her label of religious identity. Consistently, I observed individuals and families who were living their lives on a much higher ethical plane than the American society in which we were all embedded.


The Cross and the Crescent

After all, I had the non-confrontational examples of Jamal, Khalid, and Wa’el as illustrations. Looking at me, the stranger asked, “Muslim? Only 5 left in stock more on the way. The strong dependence on the synoptic tradition leads one rather to think of the Marcan or Lucan conception of the baptism of Jesus.

Sunday Nights With John Cleary”. In addition, there was a two-week community Bible school every June, and I was a regular jerqld through my eighth grade year in school. And mention in the Ejrald Mary when she withdrew from her people to an eastern place, and she took a veil apart from them; then We sent unto her Our Spirit Ruhana that presented himself to her a man without fault.

I also acquired two different English translations of the meaning of the Qur’an, which I read at the time.

If so then does this mean that the Spirit belongs to Gabriel just as much as it belongs to Allah? In the story eirks the baptism of Jesus all three synoptic accounts are utilised: