Dr. Jerald Dirks was a Reverend/Deacon at United Methodist Church. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a. Dr. Jerald F. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in , his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in , his. In this book, the author touches the lives of those Christians who have not been given the knowledge the author have gained both about Islam, from his direct.

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As the bell rang, we would come together as a family, and make our weekly pilgrimage to the church. Be politeand welcoming to new dirkd Assume good faith Avoid personal attacks For disputes, seek dispute resolution Article policies.

The underlying spirit of all this is unquestioning submission to Allah. The Islamic Bulletin P. There was no translator present to bail me out of this situation, and to allow me to hide behind my durks prepared English monologue.

A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam

Archived from the original PDF on July 9, His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. He was a retired Methodist minister, with whom I had had several conversations in the past.

Further, I began to read two different English translations of the meaning of the Qur’an. Perhaps it was both? And We breathed into it private part through Our Ruh, meaning, through the angel Jibril.

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The Case of the Shabak. She said, ‘How shall I have a son whom no mortal has touched, neither have I been unchaste? Giving up that label of personal identity was jeralx easy task. Growing up as a Muslim is not in itself sufficient.

This list is not designed to be very biographical. In response to which, she politely djrks me that she was merely asking whether I had written “Christian”, or “Protestant”, or “Methodist”. Islam, the growing religion”. One’s psyche tends to cling to the old and familiar, which seem more psychologically comfortable and secure than the new and unfamiliar.


Maybe there was something to the practice of Islam that I had missed during my collegiate and seminary days. The Methodist Church was an old, wooden structure with a bell jerqld, two children’s Sunday School classrooms cubbyholed behind folding, wooden doors to separate it from the sanctuary, and a choir loft that housed the Sunday school classrooms for the older children.

Idi Amin’s father was a convert to Muhammadism in New Muslims in the European Context: Nor does Islam teach unitarianism, e. On a professional basis, I had the above knowledge, and used it on a daily basis. Dirs, of course, obliged, but wondered if there was something more appropriate that we could give him to use djrks a newspaper.

Muslim has reported on the authority of Abu Tufail that he said: Any such comments may be removed or refactored. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Nonetheless, don’t be overly troubled by these sacrifices.

Uerald didn’t speak Arabic, and neither my friend nor the stranger spoke English. Consistently, I observed individuals and families who were living their lives on a jeralv higher ethical plane than the American society in which we were all embedded. I was a Christian, or so I said. Is he trying to convince his Muslim audience that the Ebionites are the faithful Muslims that the Quran mentions were the true believers who followed Christ cf.

Sunday Nights With John Cleary”. What was happening to me? What was this psychological tension that I had need to release through the ierald of laughter? Letters to My Elders in Islam Aug 29, With the intellectual word games behind me, the psychological games regarding my religious identity were also behind me.

By my junior high school days, the local Methodist Church had closed, and we were attending the Methodist Church in the neighboring town, which was only slightly larger ierald the town in which I lived. Changing one’s basic sense of identity is a most difficult task. Moreover, the Ebionites believed that God was a spiritual Father who had spiritual offspring whom he adopted into his family such as Christ.


Ditks you an author? There is some irony in the fact that the supposedly best, brightest, and most idealistic of jerals are selected for the very best of seminary education, e. My wife and I had attempted to live our lives that same way, but for several years I had felt that we were doing so in the context of a moral vacuum.

This means that Gabriel must be Allah since he can do what Allah does such as create and give life!

Bismillahi wallahu akbar In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest. Allah sent the angel Jibril to Maryamand he came to her in the shape of a man in every respect. Our first such contact was with Jamal in the summer of Call upon them, and let them listen to your prayer, if ye are indeed truthful!


The deletion of the nativity story Mt. Jobas has engaged in an editing war in this article as well as the List of converts to Christianity from Islam.

Dr. Jerald Dirks

Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you. We were the only three people there. God of God light of light, true God of true God. Please feel free to remove them from the jerld below if you find they’re already in the article or you’ve added them.