In fact, the Muslim declaration of faith (shahada) states: “There is no god but God.”
Here Awad states the classical Islamic position. The god of Muhammad is the only true god. Do not be fooled, he is not saying the Christian and Jewish God is a valid god, he is repeating the Islamic position that only the god of Muhammad is the true god. His use of the Arabic term for god (Allah) is a red herring. Arabic speaking Christians do use Allah but not in the same sense as Islam. They are talking about the Allah (God) of the Bible, not the god of Islam.
Notice that Awad always refers to the Quran and never to the Christian Scriptures. This tells us that he is taking the classical Islamic position.
In the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, God clearly states the unity of monotheistic faiths:
“Say: ‘We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, and that which has been vouchsafed to Moses and Jesus, and that which has been vouchsafed to all the [other] prophets by their Sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them. And it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.’” (The Holy Quran, 2:136)
God also states: “(Rest assured that) those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians. . .whoever believes in God and the last day and performs good deeds – will be rewarded by their Lord. They will have nothing to fear or to regret.” (The Holy Quran, 2:62).
As Christians, we accept the Scriptures as the only authority when it comes to faith and practice. So it really does not matter what Muhammad, or anyone else says, about the nature of God and salvation, the only thing that matters to Christians is what the Scriptures say – and they completely contradict the Quran and Muhammad. But as far as Islam’s teachings on Christians and Jews, and their salvation, Awad is indulging in Taqiyya. He knows that what he is saying here is not the mainstream Islamic view of the salvation of Christians and Jews. It is a typical attempt to deceive the uninformed and naive and it seems to have worked with many.
There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best known being taqiyya. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
This can be seen by looking through Christians, Jews and Muslims in Heaven (Qur’an 2:62) or The Religion of Peace’s treatment of violence in the Quran. Both these articles, using the Quran as the basis of their conclusions, illustrates Awad’s attempt at deception – Christians and Jews are condemned to hell and were slaughted by Muhammad and his follwers.
Awad closes his article by saying:
It is up to the mainstream followers of all faiths to reject rigid and extremist ideologies and to come together to marginalize extremists of all stripes.
Christians who believe that Christ is the only way to God (myself included) are among the people that put forward these rigid and extremist ideologies. We are extremists because we maintain the Gospel of Christ which is despised by Islam. For the serious Christian, watch the attached debate on the apostle Paul and see what Islam teaches about him – maybe the most hated man in Islam because his message is hated. Dr Shabir Ally is probably the leading moderate Muslim debater in the world today.