Introducing your Muslim friend to God the Father
The relationship we have with God has intimacy and connection that our Muslim friends do not understand. We have access to God as our Father and comforter. This is one of the best things that we can share with our Muslim friends during Father’s Day weekend, or any other weekend.
Our Relationship with God as the Heavenly Father
Throughout the Bible, God is referred to as our comfort and the Father. As true Christ followers, our relationship with Him is described as a child-parent relationship, because He adopted us and we became part of His family. Scripture is the best source to learn about the character of God as father. Here are some characteristics of our Heavenly Father…
Compassion: “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:13
Love: “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.” 1 John 3:1
Comfort and mercy: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Discipline: "It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?" Hebrews 12:7
Our earthly fathers may be a poor reflection
Even when we know about the character of God, sometimes hearing about God referred to as a Father can be hard for those of us who do not have a good relationship with their earthly father. If you relate to this, remember that you should not depend on your emotions because they often fail us. Instead, trust and believe in God and who He is and what He tells us about Himself. God can fill any emptiness in your life from broken relationships and earthly parents, and He desires to help you heal those wounds.
How to share this with your Muslim friend
Your Muslim friend is used to a god who is distant and harsh. They are taught to fear Allah and obey Him in the same way a servant acts around their master; there is no intimate connection. Ask your Muslim friend about their relationship with Allah and share about your experiences with your Heavenly Father!
- God is my Heavenly Father. Is that something that you hear about in the Quran?
- Has there been a time in your life where you knew Allah was caring for you like a loving father?
- What do you wish your relationship with Allah looked like?
You can introduce your Muslim friend to a loving God who desires a personal relationship with them! Take a leap of faith and ask them a question to spark a conversation about God and His love.