"I've read about Musa in the Qur'an!"


Reading Exodus


What to know Musa is written about more than any other figure in the Qur'an, including Suras 2, 7, 26, and 51-53.  Muslims even have a holiday that celebrates Passover, known as Ashura. However...the story of Passover is not known. How can these statements go together? In Sahih al-Bukhari 31:222, Ibn Abbas narrates: "The Prophet came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that. They replied, 'This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day.' The Prophet said, 'We have more claim over Moses than you.' So, the Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day)." (Ironically, although God commanded the people to celebrate and commemorate Passover by having a symbolic feast, this Hadith records that Musa held a yearly fast.) What to say Ask your friend if he or she has ever celebrated Ashura. What is this day like? If he or she is Shia, ask which is more meaningful to them: Muharrem, or Ashura, and why? (Ashura occurs during the Shia month of Muharrem, which is a month-long time of ritual mourning of Hussein, the grandson of Mohammad. For many Shia Muslims, Ashura is seen as the most important day of Muharrem. The two historical moments and rituals are combined as one event...for many, including a time of self-flagellation.)  Listen as your friend shares their experiences of Ashura. If your friend is Sunni, they may share their views of Shia Muslims at this time as well. Try to keep the focus on their own experience and practice of Ashura.

Last, ask if they've heard of how Jesus al-Masih celebrated Passover, and what He taught about this. If God leads, begin reading the book of John, stopping to recognize the parallels in John 6 and 13-21.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 

   

[II Corinthians 5:20]

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