oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Islam as rival of the gospel in Africa

Volume 8, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



It should be noted at the outset that ""Muhammadanism"" and ""Muhammadans"" are terms offensive to Muslims. The religion is Islam (submission) and a follower of Islam is a Muslim (one who submits). The offence is that the term ""Muhammadan"" creates the impression ""that the founder of the faith has become an object of worship as in Christianity"". In the light of the above it is clear that the area of contact is not merely between Islam and ""the Gospel"" (understood as a message of good news), but between Islam as an ideology on the one hand and on the other hand the Gospel, the church and the political and economic systems with which they go hand in hand.

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