Most of us will know some Muslims and this will be the case for more and more of us as Muslims grow in numbers through conversion, immigration and birth.
Keep talking to those you know. For those you want to get to know, ask the first question – you want to know where they are from.
Food is another amazing way to win people’s trust and their hearts. We’ve been taught to just cook enough, no leftovers – change of plans – start cooking more food than you need – save the leftovers for lunch the next day.
When offering choices of beverage to drink – give them a few options – in many eastern cultures its polite to say no several times to an offer. But if you say you have coffee and tea and you’re just asking who wants the coffee or tea you already have, then it works.
Just be yourself. When getting ready to bless the food before eating you can say something like this — “Our tradition for our family is to honour God by saying thank you for this food and for you. Do you mind if we do that?” Don’t be afraid to pray.
Let them know you are a person of faith. When you’re comfortable, you can ask your new Muslim friend if they would like to meet once in a while to read the Scriptures together or talk about matters of life and faith. If they have time, they will want to.
Don’t be intimidated by not knowing the Qur’an. The Holy Spirit has the agenda stuff covered, so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
If you don’t know any Muslims but want to meet and talk with some, call your local mosque or Islamic centre and tell them you’d like to learn more about Islam and perhaps meet with some people.
When visiting a mosque, ask the first person you see what to do with your shoes.
Following Jesus has to be less theoretical and mystical and just a bit more practical or real. We need to see Muslims. When Jesus saw us – Jesus always interacts at our point of need.
Our Muslim neighbours need us to see them. Will we cross the street as the Levite and the priest did or will we take the role of the Samaritan and see a person in need of grace?
May we become more like our Master as we follow in His steps.