This article was first created on the 6th of September, 2015 and last updated on the 26th of April, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.
They Shouldn’t Have To Ask For It – A Word With A Muslim Friend.
Some time back, while staying at the Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Rupununi Savannas, Guyana, I met a fine young man. His name was Mohamed Kadir. I was up late that night, in the wee hours of the morning, when the young man approached me. He asked me if I could give him directions for the local Mosque.
I did. He then set out, at that hour of the morning, when it was dark and dangerous to find the Mosque. Being that he was new to the area, and the city was not a “block type” layout, he had difficulty finding it and had to return.
Upon returning, I offered him a can of juice and opened a conversation with him. I was amazed at this guy’s religious zeal. So I asked him to tell me a little bit more about his religion.
Needless to say, this young man was deeply convicted of the authenticity of his religion, and of his God, called Allah. He started to explain some of the principles that Muslims are expected to live by. I’ll explain in more details in another article, but one of the points he made really struck me, and stuck with me.
He said, “As a Muslim, if God provides more than your needs, then it is your divine duty to give some of it to the poor. You must give them. They shouldn’t have to ask for it.”
It was this last sentence that struck me, “They shouldn’t have to ask for it”.
Indeed, how amazing is this young man to talk this way. His words exhibit the true light of God’s glory.
The bible teaches us this clearly, and I’ll quote some of it here:
“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but whoever shuts his eyes to the poor shall receive many curses.” – Proverbs
“Sell all you have and give to the poor and you will have treasures in heaven”. – Jesus to the rich man
“Blessed is he who considers the poor…” Psalms
“Whoever gives to the poor honors his Maker” – Proverbs
But how could a Muslim, one who has not accepted our savior Jesus Christ speak in such a beautiful way? The truth is that there are millions of people with good hearts out there caught up in all kinds of belief systems. Not because someone has not yet learned of Jesus means that they are no good. It is my prayer that this young man will one day learn about the power and love of Jesus Christ. That he will realize that no matter how good our hearts are or how many good deeds we do, we still need to accept Jesus Christ as the Son of Righteousness; and that without Him, we will ultimately fail.