Foreword: Christians Must Heed Jesus The Messiah
Why Is It Essential to Properly Grasp the Purpose of This Book?
There is a very important fact that we want our Christian brothers who read this book to understand: this book was not written in order to criticize our Christian brothers, to disparage them, to completely invalidate the Gospel or to do away with Christianity.
As revealed in verse 136 of 2nd Chapter of the Koran, Muslims say, "We have faith in God and what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes, and what Moses and Jesus were given, and what all the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them." Therefore, in the same way as Christians, Muslims also have an obligation to abide by the true commands in the Gospel and to praise its wise words.
In the same way that he is a Muslim, a Muslim is also a true follower of Abraham, of Noah, of Moses and of Jesus. He recognizes, loves and praises all the prophets. Muslims and Christians are together awaiting the coming of Jesus (pbuh) in the End Times, in which we are now living. At the same time, as required by Islam, a religion of peace and love, true Muslims have a duty to love and watch over and protect Christians and Jews, described as the People of the Book in the Koran.
There are many verses in the Koran in which Jesus (pbuh), Hazrat Mary, Christians and the Jews are praised. Although a number of false beliefs that were added onto Christianity only subsequently are corrected in the Koran, the Koran confirms that the true Gospel is a Divine text revealed by God. Christians and Jews enjoy a special status as the "People of the Book" in the Koran and are Muslims’ allies against irreligion.
Muslims therefore have a duty to call on the People of the Book to adhere to the true, uncorrupted Torah and Gospel, to show them the way, to ensure they become more devout and sincere and to call on them to believe in God, the One and Only. This is exceedingly important in terms of establishing brotherhood, union and unity among those who believe in God.
The purpose of the information in this book addressed to our Christian brothers is to act as an invitation to sincerity and the truth, in other words, the Koran. It is also to free Christians from false practices and superstitious additions to their faith that appear nowhere in the Gospel revealed to Jesus and to make them true Christians who abide by the commandments of the true Gospel.
As Muslims, it is also our desire for we also want Christians to become true believers. Our duty, as revealed by God in the Koran is to"enjoin the right and forbid the wrong" (Koran, 3:104) and to call on the People of the Book to believe in the Oneness of God (Koran, 3:64). These require that we lead them away from errors that some of our Christian brothers have unknowingly fallen into and show them the truth. It is therefore a matter of the greatest importance for Christians to be warned against these dangers, like all other believers, and to be invited to adhere to the true commands revealed by God and to abide by logic and reason.
This book deals with beliefs that entered Christianity, a true faith, over the course of the years and which the Koran warns against. As the verses telling of these errors are set out, evidence will be produced from the Gospel, Christians’ own holy book, to do away with these. As with all beliefs, there may be Christians who look at matters from a radical perspective, who insist on these false beliefs we have mentioned and who harbor a prejudiced view of the Koran. Our advice to our Christian brothers in question is to read what is presented in this book in an objective manner and to evaluate what they read rationally and from an entirely new perspective. This will not lead them astray from what is commanded in the Gospel. On the contrary – by God’s leave – it will be instrumental in their approaching the Gospel more honestly and obeying it in a more perfect manner.