By Gina Wilson
Amidst the growing number of Muslims
in the United States, should we stand in solidarity
with their faith? Or show them that
we believe in something entirely different?
I have seen a number of stories in the
news where a Christian woman wears a
hijab (the Islamic women's head covering)
to stand in "solidarity" with Muslims.
One woman wore the hijab to show, in her
words, that we all "worship the same God."
Another woman did so in order to show that
she loves Muslims and refugees. While I
appreciate the "love and care" sentiment
as much as the next person, there are some
glaring reasons why this act of solidarity is
not helpful in reaching Muslims for Christ.
The hijab is extremely representative of
Islam. Before donning it, one must thoroughly
examine everything this "solidarity"
represents. Failing to do so will only display
our own ignorance of the issue, as opposed
to being a well thought-out and meaningful
action which might help Muslims living
near us realize we truly do love them.
The hijab is more than a head covering.
In Islam, wearing the head covering is a
symbol of submission to Allah. More than
a symbol of subservience to one's husband
(for in many cases it is not), the hijab
broadcasts to the entire watching world that
you, whoever you may be, are submitting
For soul winners, a statement of "solidarity"
with your Muslim neighbors and
friends simply confuses the issue. What is
helpful is developing solid friendships with
them and having discussions about Jesus.
When they understand that we believe Jesus is God Almighty it becomes clear to
your Muslim friends that Allah and God
are nowhere near the same, nor would
you ever wish to submit to Allah. It helps
them understand what you believe and,
ultimately, will show them that you love
them enough to make sure they know the
truth and the good news of the gospel of
In my book, When the Mosque Comes
to Town, I devote two chapters on how
to share Jesus with your Muslim friends.
These chapters will help you understand
how to effectively witness and share who
Jesus is, starting with the Old Testament
prophecies and working your way through
New Testament fulfillment. Muslims often
question whether Jesus can really be God
and few Christians succeed in effectively
showing them why He, indeed, is. This is
possibly one of the most crucial questions
that you need to have an answer for when
witnessing to Muslims.
Of course, to confidently present the
biblical truth about Jesus, it is necessary
to convince them of the reliability of the
Bible. They will likely have been told that
the Bible has many changes and is corrupt.
Though they do not know where the
changes have occurred or how it became
"corrupted," this is a commonly held belief.
The simple and confident answer to
this, however, is to tell them that you
have the preserved Bible, the KJV, which
is completely without error and can be
traced all the way back to the earliest
manuscripts we know of, including the
Dead Sea Scrolls. When Muslims come to
realize that God has, indeed, preserved His
words, confidence in the Bible is restored
and they are far more apt to listen to what
you have to say.
I strongly encourage you to pick up
a copy of When the Mosque Comes to
Town and learn how to share and defend
your faith today! Chick Publications also
has several other books on Islam and tracts
designed specifically to help you witness