There is so much we can learn from Muslims that will enrich our spiritual lives.
Muslims do not joke with their five-times a day prayer. I wish more Christians could be as dedicated (pinterest)
It is common knowledge that Christianity and Islam are often pitted against each other. Does this mean Christians cant learn from Muslims and vice versa?
I disagree. I think we are the ones who limit God by putting Him God in a box. I think He can use anyone, including people of different faiths to teach us stuff.
Having said that, here are some things that Christians can learn from Muslims.
Dedication and faithfulness in prayer
Muslims are known worldwide for keeping their prayer time no matter where they are. Hence, it has become normal to see them open their mats and proceed to pray in public places like the market, airports and so on.
Muslims do not joke with their five-times a day prayer. I wish more Christians could be as dedicated (youtube)
Christians should learn to adopt this attitude when it comes to praying to God, to be unashamed to pray anywhere, to have scheduled times like Muslims do to go to the Heavenly Father in prayer (See James 5:16).
I think this would benefit our prayer lives immensely.
Muslims do not joke when it comes to their fasting periods, it would do us some good to not just learn this attitude but also to learn to fast as often as they do.
Muslims are encouraged to give to the less fortunate, in fact, it is one of the five pillars of their religion. Fun Fact – The rich ones have to pay Zakat in order to take care of the poor.
I wish more Christians could take almsgiving seriously, not doing out of a sense of duty but a cheerful heart because God has been so great to us.
Let’s not forget Jesus tells us that whatsoever we do we do to the least of us.
Their absolute submission, surrender, and obedience to Allah
Wouldn’t it be great if we were just as dependent on our God? If we put all of our faith, trust in the God we worship? To totally submit and be obedient to our Father in Heaven?
Muslims are the go-tos when it comes to modesty. Their ladies are covered from head to toe and the men are dressed appropriately.
Sadly, Christians are not as good when it comes to this part. We often rely on the ‘God does not care about the outward appearance, He only cares about the heart.’ While this may be true, it does not hurt for us to do better in this department.
Just so you know
I am not a Muslim, I am a proud Christian who is not proud to say that Muslims have a great, admirable way about them when it comes to their faith.
I have a friend who used to stay in the Northern part of Nigeria. He told me that seeing the steadfastness of Muslims pushed him to do better, to pray more, read his bible and basically be a better Christian.
My hope is that we can also be inspired and motivated to improve our spiritual lives.