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Fred Farrokh

Dear Nabeel

Your years upon this earth were only thirty four All of us who knew you, wished they had been more The days of your journey were like those of Christ our Lord Now you have been gathered to the One you have adored   For us from Muslim background, you were a shining light Of how Christ delivered us, from our spiritual night You served Him bravely to the end, it seemed you never tired You left behind a growing throng of those you have inspired   We pray others will follow you, to take up Jesus’ call To lay…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 3

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Parts one and two were posted previously. 5. Original: “Muslims are most often the victim of terrorism.” Revision: “Muslims are most often the victim of terrorism, which is almost exclusively perpetrated by Muslims.” Corey is again correct that Muslims are most often the victim of terrorists. This is heart-wrenching to observe. Many are truly innocent non-combatants. Innocent Muslim employees died working in…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 2

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Part one of Fred’s response can be found here, and part three will be posted on Friday.  3. Original: “Most Muslims do not view Christians or Jews as ‘infidels,’ nor are they instructed to kill us.” Revision: “Most Muslims do not view Christians or Jews as ‘infidels,” even though the Qur’an’s clear instruction, and Muhammad’s clear example, is to fight against Christians…

A Response to Ben Corey’s “5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Islam”: Part 1

This 3-part article has been written by Dr. Fred Farrokh* as a response to Dr. Benjamin L. Corey’s Patheos blog“5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood about Islam.” If you haven’t read that piece, we encourage you to do so! Parts two and three of Fred’s response will be posted on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. First, I would like to commend Ben Corey for addressing an important topic. He also makes a key distinction in his opening sentence: “Conservative Christians seem to have a lot of opinions about Islam and our Muslim neighbors.” When studying this topic, it is indeed helpful…

From Europe to the World

For many years, Global Initiative instructors have trained young missionaries at the Romanian Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (CRST). During this academic year, Harry Morin and Fred and Annette Farrokh taught the second-year students intensive classes in ministry to Muslims. Like many European Christians, our friends at CRST have noted that this is the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Martin Luther’s nailing of his “95 Theses” to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany is considered by historians as the beginning of the Reformation. Revival fires are burning once again in Europe! Many of our missions…

Issues American Muslims are Wrestling With

American Muslims are very diverse. Essentially, the diversity of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims is reflected and compressed within the American Muslim community, which is 1/200th the size of the global umma (Muslim community)! Each Muslim people group and every Muslim family is dealing with unique issues. In a previous blog, I dealt with the issues of assimilation, integration and victimization that are facing Muslim Americans. Here are some more of the main issues presently confronting the Muslim community: Materialism vs. Spirituality: As many Christians know, sometimes it is easier to focus on the visible material world around us than…

Assimilation, Integration, and Victimization

Wow. It is already 2017. Tommy Hodum in his fascinating Intercede article has brought up the issues of assimilation and integration among American Muslims. I grew up as a part of the Muslim American community back in the 1960s and 70s. It was a community with a lot of amazing people back then, as it is today. Like most Muslim kids, I watched my parents working hard to give us the best future possible. Most Americans seemed to be unaware of Muslims until 9/11/2001 when the Twin Towers went down. For Iranian-Americans, the public became aware of us a bit…

What is Jesus’ “Love Language?”

Recently my wife and I were asked to provide pre-marital counseling to an engaged Christian couple in our area. The curriculum we are using includes Gary Chapman’s well-known teaching on “Love Languages.” The five “love languages” presented by Chapman are: words of affirmation; quality time; receiving gifts; acts of service; and, physical touch. These are ways different people prefer others to interact with them. One person’s preferred love language may be different from another’s, even within marriage. As I have been reading through Matthew lately, I began to ponder how Jesus wanted people relate to Him. In other words, what…

Refugees, Exiles, and “Visions of God”

“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1, emphasis added). When it comes to a discussion about Muslims in America, attention immediately turns to refugees. Who are they? Why are they here? Have they been vetted? Who let them in? Etc, etc. These questions are certainly to be expected from the general population. But should other issues concern the praying and missions-minded Christian? Are there any other angles we should be looking into? I…

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