Usama Dakdok (at left) and Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches pastor Arron McGuffie share facts about Islam. (photo by staff reporter Nora Drenner)
by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches recently hosted a five-day presentation about Muslims and the religion of Islam. Guest speaker was Usama Dakdok of The Straight Way of Grace Ministry.
Dakdok, who was born in Egypt, grew up in a Christian home. Just like every Egyptian child, he attended a state-run school where Islam was taught. Additionally, he studied for a university degree in Egypt which included the study of Sharia, which is Islamic Law. Dakdok described Sharia, which means law, as the way Muslims regulate every aspect of life and government. Sharia, said Dakdok, is 80 percent law and 20 percent religion.
In 1992 Dakdok came to America where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a master’s degree in Missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
With of his extensive knowledge about Islam, Dakdok felt he could reach out to Muslims in America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, he began The Straight Way of Grace Ministry. For over a decade, Dakdok has traveled across the country to share the truth about Islam.
My objective, said Dakdok, to some 75 attendees on the first night of his presentation, is to train the church to minister to Muslims, and in order to do so Christians must understand what Muslims are taught and what is actually contained in the Qur’an.
Muslims claim that Sharia and the US Constitution are perfectly compatible, said Dakdok, however, Muslims consider the Qur’an and Sharia their constitution.
He went on to say that freedoms and rights enjoyed by those in the USA and other Western nations are typically denied in Muslim countries. Women and homosexuals are oppressed or killed, stated Dakdok. He continued by saying other faiths are banned or discriminated against, certain foods are prohibited, and penalties for even simple crimes are cruel and severe.
If Muslims practices their allegiance truthfully, said Dakdok, they will never raise their hands to sincerely give allegiance to America.
So, asked Dakdok, in a later presentation, “Can a Muslim be a good American?” To be a good Muslim, reiterated Dakdok, you must obey the teachings of Allah in the Qur’an and of Mohammed in the hadith.
Dakdok quoted Qur’an 2:225: “Allah will not hold you responsible for your mere utterance in an oath, but he will hold you responsible for that which your heart has gained.” This verse, said Dakdok, makes it lawful for Muslims to lie when swearing an oath to uphold the laws in the U.S. Constitution because Muslims must give their allegiance to Allah, Mohammed and Islam. Muslims consider the Qur’an and Sharia their constitution.
He went on to say that if Muslims practice their allegiance truthfully, they will never raise their hands to sincerely give allegiance to America.
Additionally, said Dakdok, violence in Islam has its roots in the Qur’an and he quoted several verses including Qur’an 2:244: “And engage in war for the sake of Allah, and know that Allah is hearing, knowing.”
Furthermore, noted Dakdok, it is important to understand that the word JIHAD means to war against non-Muslims despite the claims by some that JIHAD means to struggle. Dakdok cited the document Reliance of the Traveller, which is the most respected and authoritative book on Sharia, as proof of the meaning.
Dakdok reiterated that it is important to love Muslim people and yet reject the dangerous ideology of Islam that continues to spread across America and the world.
For more information about Dakdok and The Straight Way of Grace Ministry go online to http://www.thestraightway.org
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