We are living in a pivotal time in world history. The Muslim lands of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula are being transformed before our very eyes. Uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere have demonstrated the power of media to inform, connect and mobilize. But even as the hearts of many yearn for freedom, Islamist movements— such as the Muslim Brotherhood—lurk in the background awaiting their opportunity to impose an ever more stringent Islamic society on nations across the Muslim world.
Yet millions of Muslims have lost confidence in Islam. For them, the power of Islam has been broken. They know there is more than Islam has to offer. By the millions, seeking Muslims are watching Christian satellite TV and downloading content from Christian websites. Lesser numbers, though significant and rising, are engaged in direct dialogue with believers over the Internet or sharing their deepest hopes and fears with faithful missionary workers.
Here in Canada, Islam is on the rise and increasingly in the news. Muslims now represent fully half of all immigrants to Canada, transforming the character of entire towns and cities. Young Muslim women have actually died in honor killings, testing the official interpretation of Islam as peaceful, tolerant, and consistent with Western values.
How should Canadian Christians respond? How can Canadian churches reach out to the Muslims in our midst? How can we understand the worldview of Muslims – shaped not only by the Quran but by Muslim history and all sources of authority within Islam?
How can we engage with both nominal and highly committed Muslims in the actual content of their faith—and win over discerning Muslims who respect those who can defend their Christian beliefs?
How can those experienced in engagement with Muslims, including discipling believers from a Muslim background, take their passion, experience, and knowledge of Islam to Muslim lands that are yet to have a Christian witness?
Answering questions such as these—and equipping believers to make disciples as Jesus would, among Muslims wherever they live—is the reason for Salaam Ministries.
The olive tree is a symbol of biblical peace and fruitfulness. Peace is possible only through faith in Jesus – the root of the olive tree – whose finished work on the cross makes salvation possible. Those who choose to put their faith in Christ become like branches grafted into the spiritual promises in Abraham. This brings not only peace between God and people, but peace among all who share this common inheritance and blessing.