slam is the world’s second-largest religion with some 2 billion adherents (25 percent of the world’s population). Muslims believe that Islam, a monotheistic religion, began in 610 when their prophet Muhammad began to receive revelations. Islam is an Arabic word meaning “submission” because obedience to God is a central theme of the faith. Muslims seek to live their lives by fulfilling the traditions of their prophet. Islam is the official religion of 26 countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. Most Muslims live outside the Middle East, in countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Some Islamic Worldviews

Muslims believe in:

  • The oneness of God—no distinction within the Godhead
  • Muhammad was God’s last prophet
  • The Qur’an is the verbatim word of God revealed to Muhammad and all that we need to know from God
  • Jesus was a prophet and born of the Virgin Mary

Common Ground

Muslims, like us:

  • Believe in the second coming of Jesus (Isa al-Masih)
  • Don’t drink alcohol or eat pork
  • Place a high value on family
  • Believe in angels
  • Believe in resurrection and judgment

Tips for Making Friends With Muslims

  • Learn your friend’s name
  • Show hospitality
  • Talk about current events—many Muslims realize that the last days will bring the judgment of God, and they want to be ready
  • Be respectful of differences when discussing spiritual topics
  • Ask about your friend’s family and be willing to share about your own
  • Ask questions about their culture and share about your own
  • Be open about your Adventist identity