Expat Christian business men and women and aid workers from various backgrounds have left Afghanistan and Pakistan after living there many years to work with and reach out to Afghans living abroad in countries around the world
Steve McCurry recently posted a group of photos titled Silent Language of Hands. Steve McCurry recently posted a group of photos titled Silent Language of Hands.
What do Muslim women want non-Muslim women to know about them? Many Muslim women want you to know that they are a lot like you. They love to laugh, have fun, spend time with their family, shop for new clothes, put on make-up, talk about friendships and relationships, be accepted and appreciated for who they are.
You have opened up your heart and home. You have shown hospitality and genuine friendship to a Muslim man or woman who has become a friend. The two of you have talked about family, common interests, and about similarities and differences in your faith. Because you both now care about each other, it is only natural that one or both of you might want to convince or convert the other one to your belief. But please remember these three things:
Now it is time to talk about differences in your faith, not for the sake of argument or debate but for the sake of airing common differences you know that exist and understanding the truth of God.
If you desire as part of your friendship with a Muslim to discuss spiritual things, it is a good idea to understand what many Muslims believe about Christianity. Having an understanding of their beliefs will give you the opportunity to share what true followers of Christ are like.
You may be surprised that many Muslims think Christians do not pray because our way of prayer is so different. Muslim prayer is usually very public, performed at a Masjid (Mosque) or an outdoor prayer place 5 times a day. Christian prayer is often done silently, in private place
You have talked with your friend about family and values, yet deep in your heart and soul you wonder when it will be the right time to discuss the things closest to your heart, your faith.man reads Koran, reading Quran, man in mosque, Muslim man
This is often an uncomfortable or awkward subject in many Western Cultures, not so in the culture of most Muslims! It is commonplace to talk about faith in everyday conversation.
After finding out about each others’ families, discussing values is a great direction to go. Family values, modesty, the sanctity of life, honesty, honor, integrity, the heart vs. the outward appearance, submission, humility, and compassion provide plenty of different ways you and your new muslim friend can begin to get to know one another.
So you have “Smiled and said Hello”, you have asked “How are You?” and meant it. How did that go for you? Now let’s ask about family. This is not unlike our culture when we get to know somebody, so why should it be any different with your new Afghan or other Muslim acquaintance? Much…
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