We fear the unknown. We’re uncomfortable with the unfamiliar. That’s what holds us back from talking to people about God, especially when we don’t know their customs and beliefs. The answer, of course, is to start learning. Read books. Visit websites. Gain knowledge. But then there’s no substitute for what we learn by personal experience.
With that in mind, I’d like to offer ten tips for reaching out to Muslims. This list is gleaned from the best advice I could find from people who are actively involved in Christian ministry to Muslims at home and abroad.
Ten Tips for Reaching Out to Muslims
- Spend lots of time in prayer. You’re reaching out to people under strong deception.
- Know your Bible and be ready to answer some basic questions Muslims have. Memorize verses to answer questions Muslims will ask.
- Study what Muslims believe. Read the Quran. Read books written on Muslims. Read testimonies of Muslims who have been saved. Learn some basic terminology used by Muslims.
- Show respect for Muslims. Don’t attack Muhammad or Islam. Don’t get into political discussions or bring up the violent acts of Muslim extremists. Your goal is to lift up Christ, not tear down Islam. Maintain a humble attitude of asking questions rather than presuming to have all the answers.
- Offer Muslims hospitality and accept their invitations of hospitality.
- Show Christian love. Be Christ to Muslims. Serve them in many small ways.
- Share your testimony. Tell them what Christ has done in your life. Emphasize the assurance you have of forgiven sin and eternal life. Ask if you may show the Muslim what Jesus said about eternal life in the Injil (Gospels).
- Ask the Muslim if he or she would like to study the Bible with you. Begin with reading the Gospels together. Simply read and let the text speak for itself.
- Patiently and gradually share the Gospel. Work patiently to present Bible truths over the course of weeks or months. Don’t rush things. Don’t push a Muslim into making a decision. The Muslim must believe Christ is God and the only way of salvation.
- Remember the cost. Muslims, even in the West, who reject Islam and turn to Christ as their Savior will pay a high cost. They will be rejected by family, friends, community, and experience the forcible loss of property and possibly even face death threats.
It is our privilege and responsibility to reach out to Muslims in love. Even if we cannot go to foreign lands, we can touch the lives of Muslims God has brought to our land so they might hear the Good News and be saved.
Five Prayers for Muslims
Muslims pray five times a day so I’m offering five prayers for you to pray with me.
Lord, I ask you to . . .
- Create opportunities for Christians to build relationships with Muslims.
- Give Christians compassionate hearts and gentle spirits toward Muslims.
- Provide Muslims ample opportunities to hear the truth of the Good News about Jesus Christ.
- Make Muslims curious, give them doubts, and create a desire for true answers about their faith. May there even be a wave of Muslims asking Christians about their faith.
- Prepare the hearts of Muslims so they will be open to hearing the truth when the opportunity arises.
Ask God how He wants you to pray for Muslims and what more He wants you to do.
Reaching Out to Muslims
For more information on reaching out to Muslims, get to know Carl Medearis through his website and books.
Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships